Courses in this directory are a sample based on summer 2013. Look for an update in January 2014. Courses are available to Tufts and Visiting students. They are offered online, with minimal or no on-campus requirements.
Online learning is not for everyone. Be sure you have the time, energy, and computer capacity to engage with this format. Online courses at Tufts Summer Session are subject to the same policies and procedures as summer face-to-face courses.
Title: Simple Robotics (Online)
Course Number: COMP 0010A
Basic principles of computer science for students with minimal or no prior programming background. Fundamentals of design, coding, and testing of computer programs. Fundamental algorithms for sorting and searching. Programming projects employ and demonstrate common algorithms. Projects analyze and visualize data from real applications. These concepts will be taught through hands-on projects utilizing a robotics toolset, and will include introductions to robot construction, event-based programming, artificial intelligence, and elementary controls in that context.
**Special note to students: This course does require students to capture and upload videos and photographs of assignments. Before registering, please make sure you have basic video capturing equipment (i.e. Digital camera, smartphone, camcorder, webcam) and are comfortable using it. Questions: contact the instructor, Ethan Danahy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an online course that will not meet on campus. Most course activites and interactions will occur asynchronously and online through TRUNK, Tufts' learning management system. You can take this course from anywhere as long as you have a reliable internet connection (broadband highly recommended). Online courses are held to the same academic standards as campus-based courses and students can expect high levels of interaction with faculty and classmates.
Online courses at Tufts are not self-paced, however they typically offer much more flexibility for students because they are asynchronous. Typically, course content is organized in a weekly structure, so students will be expected to login and participate regularly. However students can generally set their own schedule within each week as long as assignments and activities are completed on time.
All online courses will have regular instructor office hours where students have an opportunity to speak to their teacher, via telephone or web conferencing. Some courses may require a live session or two where students are expected to login to a web conferencing site at a certain date and time.
Some online courses require proctored exams. Students in the area can come to the Medford campus to take these exams at a specific date and time. Students taking the course truly from a distance will need to identify an acceptable proctor and go through Summer Session's proctor verification process.
Access to the online course will begin on May 22 and discontinue on June 28, 2013.
Textbook Information: No Textbook
Course Syllabus: (coming soon)
NI LabView Student Edition ($20). Students should purchase this from Studica before the course begins since it can take several business days to process. Email the instructor with any issues/problems.
1. Instructions to Purchase LabView from Studica (visit: go.tufts.edu/summer_purchase_labview)
2. Instructions to Install LabView (visit: go.tufts.edu/summer_install_labview)
Lab Kit Details: We will be using the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Robotics Kit, which will be loaned to each student for the semester. It is critical that students have the kit in their possession by the time the course begins (May 22). The CEEO (Center for Engineering Education & Outreach) will provide the following options for students to get a kit:
1. Tufts students or Boston-based students will be able to pick up the LEGO Kits at the CEEO office on Tufts Medford campus on the following days/times:
- May 6, 10am-2pm
- May 7, 10am-2pm
- May 8, 10am-2pm
- May 17, 10am-2pm (after May 17 by appointment only)
2. Non-Tufts students living outside the Boston area or those who were unable to pick up the LEGO Kit before leaving town – Summer Session will mail the kit to your residence. Please email Magee.Giarrosso@tufts.edu with an address.
Please Note: Each student will be responsible for shipping the LEGO Kit back to the CEEO by or before August 1, 2013 (estimated shipping cost = $20). Failure to return the kit to Tufts by the designated return date will result in the assessement of a charge on your student account, a hold on your student account, the holding of your transcript, etc. Please learn about the consequences of uncleared student balances by visting http://ase.tufts.edu/summer/clearance.asp
Instructor: Ethan Danahy
Offered in: First session
Day(s): Online Times: Anytime
Credit Value: 1
Credit Tuition: $2265 Call Number: 00560