Online Education

Online Education Center

Orientation Details

Online Orientation for CIS -D15AG-62Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Spera Georgiou
Office Hours TTH 1:20 - 2: 00,ONLINE M-TH11:00 - 11:30 at ATC203B
Office Location f51g
Office Phone 408 864 8803
A Message from your Instructor

I am glad to be your instructor for this distance learning course. I have been a full-time member of the Computer Science Department at De Anza College since 2002.


Once enrolled, it you wish to drop the class, it is your responsibility to drop the class before the deadline found in the De Anza Schedule of Classes. Otherwise an appropriate grade will be assigned at the end of the quarter.

Course objectives:

Upon completion of the course, students will:

  • Design solutions to introductory level problems using structured top down design.
  • Write, document, test and debug C programs of up to 200 lines, using several functions.
  • Use C declarations, expressions, selection and looping statements, functions and arrays at an introductory level.
  • Read, analyze and explain introductory level C programs.

    You will need to have access to a computer, the Internet and access to a C compiler. The college will not provide or cover cost for your books, computers, Internet connection, or software needed for this course. These are your responsibility to obtain.

    On your first week of class go to my webpage and access the Catalyst link for information on how to access your account for the first time. Once inside the course, purchase the book and start completing all the work in week 1.

    Complete each Lab and Quiz/Test by the given due date under each category.

    As you access Catalyst you will be able to post general questions into forums or send messages to your instructor from your account. Any course related inquiry should be posted in the course. Use the general e-mail: only if you cannot enter the course to send messages or post your questions there. Any correspondence outside of Catalyst will be ignored unless your name, course, section number is in the title of the e-mail. No class work, or class question will be honored at this e-mail outside Catalyst. Use this only when you cannot access the Catalyst system and all help options on the Catalyst webpage have failed.

  • Hours of Study
    Be prepared to spend a minimum of 18 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
    Video programs for this course are shown weekly on cable TV in Silicon Valley. Below are channel listings by community.

    Comcast Cable
    Channel 27 Channel 75
    Los Altos
    Los Gatos
    Mountain View
    San José
    Santa Clara
    East Palo Alto
    Menlo Park
    Palo Alto
    Stanford University
    The channel numbers listed are subject to change. Consult your local cable guide for the most current information.

    For problems or questions concerning the De Anza College cable TV broadcasts, please contact the Broadcast Media Center at 408-864-8300.

    Check your syllabus for specific broadcast information or visit our Technology web page for general information on days and times.

    Most courses with video content are also available via streaming media. Please check the course syllabus and/or instructions within the Catalyst shell for additional information on access to streaming media.


    Webcasts and Videostreaming

    The video lessons for this course are also available as videostreams. If you would like to access your video lessons from a computer you will need:

    • RealPlayer installed on the computer.
    • A high speed Internet connection.

    To access the videostreams go to and follow the logon instructions on this page. You will not be able to logon until the first day of instruction.

    If you do not already have RealPlayer you may download it for free. Some courses use Quicktime instead of RealPlayer. Instructions for downloading are in your Catalyst course.

    Keep in mind that network congestion either at De Anza College or with your ISP can affect the smooth delivery of the videostream.

    How to get started in your course
  • Apply for admission to De Anza College and register for this class, if you have not already done so. Completing this orientation DOES NOT enroll you in the course.
  • Complete the Online Orientation and submit the Student Information Form found at the end.
  • Read the complete course syllabus available at the URL above.
  • Obtain the required course materials and determine your video program viewing schedule.
  • This course is offered in Catalyst. Go to Bookmark this page, then follow the instructions logging into the class.. NOTE: You will not be able to login to Catalyst until the first day of the quarter. For late adds, it will take up to one day after you register for your account to be created.
  • Consult the Course Calendar in the syllabus and start your Weeks 1 and 2 readings, viewings, and assignments.

  • Online Education
    Building: MLC 210

    Phone: 408.864.8969
    M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
    F: 9:00a-4:00p


    Last Updated: 1/27/16