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Information Technology Program Course Policies.

Student Email

  1. Blinn students are issued email addresses by Blinn College.
  2. Your Blinn email account is the OFFICIAL means of communication between the instructor and the student.

Exam Review Procedures

  1. Regular exams will be administered online.
  2. Students are encouraged to question exam answers via research and study. Opinions are nice but will not override facts.
  3. If there is an error in the questions or answers as posted, please notify the instructor via email so the class may receive credit and the exam may be improved.

Deadlines for Assignments and Labs

  1. Assignment Zero (Asg0), found in each course on eCampus, MUST be completed before a student will be allowed to take a regular exam.
  2. Students will submit their assignments and labs before the beginning of class on the date the assignment is due. Credit for late submissions is at the discretion of the Instructor.

Make-up Policy

  1. The instructor has the option, but not the requirement, to reschedule a missed exam or quiz. Also the instructor for good reason, can allow late submission of assignments and labs. Students must explain the circumstances and reasons for any make-up.

Reading and Research

  1. In order to be successful in the computer field one must build an extensive personal library. Different authors and imprints have varied approaches as to how they present information. Books used in the program were selected based on extensive research by the instructors; however, the approach may not be a style which you find comfortable.
  2. To fully understand content and concepts you may need to acquire additional references or visit additional sources. You are encouraged to do research on the Web, visit the Blinn Library or purchase additional texts to aid in your education.

Lab Hours and Decorum

  1. The Program maintains a laboratory of computers that have all required application programs required by all IT courses. Use of the laboratory is not required if you have access to alternate resources. Feel free to use them. The normal hours of operation of this lab are 0800 to 2100. The lab is closed on weekends and College holidays.
  2. Because the laboratory and the classroom are the same room, please guard your behavior while classes are in session. Your dress and behavior should reflect your training for a professional position. Hats will be removed while in the lab. Food and tobacco products are not permitted. Recycle bins are stationed at both ladder wells for metal and plastic containers; use them instead of the lab trash cans for recyclable materials.

Removable Hard Drives

  1. The Program maintains a large number of removable hard drives (rhd) for use in the Dell Precision T1700 tower servers. When the instructor determines need, a student or team will be issued a rhd for a course, which is recorded on the deconfliction sheets posted on the blue doors to the front right side of the lab.
  2. Ensure proper insertion and locking of the rhd before powering the tower, and stopping of the tower before unlocking and removing the rhd from its cradle. Keys for the cradles stay in the lab. Deconfliction sheets may also indicate statically assigned IP addresses, in addition to the name of the student.
  3. Do not use a hard drive you have not been authorized. Store your rhd with the other rhds of its series on the shelves at the front of the lab. Maintain order and cleanliness of all lab spaces.

Professional Disclaimer

  1. Working with computers in any area provides a very challenging career. Changes in the computer industry are very rapid. The computer industry has created a 7/24 existence and service requirements are almost always an emergency. If you know anything about a computer, most users expect you to know everything. As a computer professional you are expected to keep up with the technology in almost every area. Your training and education as a Network Administrator only begins at Blinn College. To keep up with the rapid changes and the expanding environment you must continue learning every day.
  2. The Information Technology Program at Blinn College expects students to perform in class the same way they would on the job. As a student of Information Technology you must read assignments in advance, research topics outside of class, and submit professional quality assignments. In short, you work your way through the program as if you were employed by the program. The instructors of the Information Technology Program view your time at Blinn College as on-the-job training.
  3. The Information Technology Program is small enough that we take a serious interest in all our students. Your academic and professional development is important to us because your success is our success. You are encouraged to communicate openly with your instructors; you are also encouraged to communicate with the program coordinator for any reason.

Learning Activities

  1. Students are encouraged to question exam answers via research and study. Opinions are nice but will not override facts.
  2. Instructors will bring information to class from a variety of sources and will generally expand on information contained in the required readings.

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