Handout 1: 8/30/99
Computer-Supported Collaborative Work
Lecture: MWF 3:00-3:50, 204 HRBB
Web pages: http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/~furuta/672/
Instructor: Richard Furuta, HRBB 402C, 845-3839, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: Mondays 9-10 am and 4-5 pm, or by appointment.
Baecker, editor, Readings in Groupware and Computer-Supported Cooperative
Work: Assisting Human--Human Collaboration, Morgan Kaufman Publishers, 1993.
Readings from the literature as assigned.
Approximate Grading Scheme:
35% Class paper presentations and class participation
30% Written paper reports (four; oral and written reports)
30% Term project
5% Other assignments
- This class is a readings and discussions class. There are over 800 pages
in the Baecker collection, and there have been many papers published since it
so by the time all is done we may have read and
discussed around 1000 pages of material. You will be responsible for
reading all of the papers and will be responsible for leading the discussion on
several papers throughout the semester. The quality of your participation in
discussions and your performance as a discussion leader will be reflected in
- We will use electronic mail for announcements.
You should check your account for mail regularly.
- If you need to get in touch with me and I am not in my office, please use
- The course Web site will be updated regularly to contain information of
importance to the class. This will include copies of handouts, copies of
slides, and the course's working schedule. You should check it regularly.
- Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date.
- Final course grades are based on the overall average. You are
guaranteed a grade based on a 10\% window (e.g., 90-100% is an A).
Individual grade windows may be increased in size if the instructor
deems it appropriate (e.g., if you have 89% you might get an A but you
will get nothing lower than a B).
- A paper summary is to be turned in by each student for each paper read,
unless stated otherwise by the instructor. The summaries are due at the
beginning of the class for which the paper has been assigned. Paper
summaries should cover "talking points" about the paper to help get the
discussion of the paper started. Reports should include:
Use a separate sheet of paper for each report.
- Your name and email address
- Bibliographical data for the paper: paper title, authors, where it appeared
(page citation in Baecker is sufficient for the papers from that collection),
and date of original publication.
- A list of key points made in the paper (i.e., what are the take-home
lessons from the paper?).
- A list of discussion points and unanswered issues raised by the paper.