Sept 13- Welcome to Fall 17. If you added recently and not done anything yet, please read all the information below on this page. If you have any questions stop by the center, post on piazza or send mail.
Pacing Thresholds for Fall 17 are here (and posted on piazza)
Our "entrance quiz" is here If you can't answer the questions on this quiz you don't have the preparation for these courses. If you are taking these courses without being able to answer the questions easily, you are taking it at your own risk. We want to make sure that the course load would be feel larger than a 4 unit class without the right preparation. Also the tutors can NOT provide tutorials for any missing concepts you might have coming into the course. So in other words, you proceed at your own risk.
Welcome to the NEW AND IMPROVED Self Pace Program Fall 17! We are doing
some things differently this semester so you get to be part of the new
processes! For one thing we are introducing appointments for tutors. We
used to be a drop in center. We think this will make things a better
experience for you.
We offer two different kinds of self-paced courses at the center. The
CS9 courses are two-unit P/NP courses for programmers who wish to learn a
second language. The CS47B course is a one-unit graded courses meant for
those (mostly transfer) students who have completed most (but not all) of
the CS61B course through other channels, and wish to complete the
requirements for CS61B without taking the entire course.
These courses are "Self-Paced" but they are still serious UC courses,
with a high difficulty level and pre-requisites. We know you will have a
positive experience learning the languages and enriching your skill sets,
but please note that these courses can take up a lot of your time! Please
don’t think of them as an easy 2 unit course. In order to have a positive
experience and learn the material you need to get started in your course
and continue with it regularly. Key to success is to keep doing the work,
put time and focus into the courses and take the time to come to the Self
Pace Center regularly for quiz taking and tutoring.
Our 9 series courses are 2 units. And can have as
much work as a 4 unit course. Please keep this in mind when you consider
signing up for more than one class. We don’t recommend students with
average to heavy course loads take more than one self-pace course at a
Our center is located in 200A Sutardja Dai Hall. We will open to students on Monday Aug 28th. For the first month due to renovations going on in our building, you will need to use a door bell to enter through the 200 lab next door.
Our hours are: Monday-Thurs 11-5, Fri 12-4. We believe they will remain
our regular hours through the semester, but if there are changes we will
mail them to you, and post them on our web site. Also note we stop handing
out quizzes the last 30 minutes we are open and don’t start new tutoring
sessions the last 15 minutes we are open, even if you are signed up.
Our tutor schedule will be up online soon and will include a link to
make appointments with tutors. We are appointment only this semester, this
is a new policy and we may be making changes along the way!
We have an entrance quiz, (this is different from the "orientation
quiz") every student must take and verify with a tutor they can pass. We
aren’t trying to be mean, we just want to check if this is the class for
you. We have even been told the quiz should be even more challenging. This
quiz is also for YOU to determine if this course is a fit for you. Not
having the pre-requisites and trying to take our courses will set you up
for a lot of grief. The current climate as made many students eager to
learn programming which is great. But our courses do require
pre-requisites. Please note just knowing the basic recursion is not enough
to prepare you for our courses. We will stop taking new adds via telebears
early 3rd week. So if you are considering switching courses do so before
The point breakdown for self-paced courses is as follows:
Assignments and Quizzes (40%)
Pacing Points (20%)
Final Exam (40%)
CS9 courses are graded on a P/NP basis, and you need at least 70% to pass.
CS47B uses letter grading on a straight scale (A: 90 - 100%, B: 80 - 89%,
If you have an assignment ready to get graded, meaning you have all
what the check list in the assignment requires, check the tutor schedule
on our web site to make an appointment to see a tutor for a check off.
The tutors prefer to see running programs on your laptops. You can
download a compiler to run your program on your own machine. Feel free to
ask our staff about this. You will also be offered a computer account to
use UCB servers using SSH or terminal on your Mac, if you wish. Feel free
to ask us questions about this.
There are also quizzes you take to back up your knowledge. You are
allowed to bring in notes during your quiz taking (new this semester!).
But no devices are allowed to be used. True, you must have correct
answers on all questions on the quiz in order to pass, but retaking
quizzes is part of the learning process, and tutors will sometimes allow
you to make a change if you made a mental error. Quizzes must be
completed in one sitting; they cannot be done as a work in progress.
There is a TWO DAY WAIT for retaking quizzes, so it’s of you best
interest to only take quizzes when you are prepared. Don’t just take a
quiz due to fear of losing pacing points as that strategy, as that will
back fire on you. How do you know you are ready? If you did the
corresponding program and feel confident. And really there is nothing to
be nervous about. If you are working well with the course, the quizzes
are just part of the process.
Programs MUST be completed before corresponding quiz can be taken. But
you can continue working on programs if you are waiting to retake a quiz,
in fact we encourage that. For Assignments, you must have your code and
test cases showing correctness ready to be examined for the tutor to
grade before the grading session in order to pass.
Pacing Points and Deadlines
Everyone will start the semester with
20 pacing points. Although these courses are self-paced and you can turn in
work whenever you wish, our students have been asking for more structure,
so this past semester we added deadlines as in "pacing thresholds" in that
you will have certain weeks where you will need to hit certain milestones
in percentage of the class completed in order to keep your pacing points.
But please keep in mind you are encouraged to work well ahead of our pacing