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Frequently asked questions

  • This page contains answer to general questions students have asked when taking classes with me. If you do not find the answer to your question you can simply email me at
  • How can I take exams for a distance learning class if I do not live locally?
    If you cannot come to campus or live out of town then you can contact a faculty of technology courses in your local college (or a testing center) and have them proctor your exam. You can send me contact information of the person who would proctor your exam and I will make arrangements for you to take the exam.
    Posted Dec 19, 2013, 2:30 PM by Sukhjit Singh
  • Retaking a class for getting a certificate?
    If you are retaking the class for a certificate you must take it for a letter grade and not with an Audit option. 
    Posted Jun 26, 2011, 9:46 AM by Sukhjit Singh
  • I have received an add code but it does not work
    I generally tend to be pro-active and will give you an add code early. Add codes generally work on the first day of class. Kindly try it then and you will be able to add the class.
    Posted Jun 26, 2011, 9:35 AM by Sukhjit Singh
  • What should I do if I am unable to attend review sessions?
    Attending review sessions for online classes is required. If you cannot make it for some reason you can review the recordings. 
    Posted Jun 26, 2011, 9:31 AM by Sukhjit Singh
  • What should I do after getting an addcode (late add) for online class?
    1. Review the syllabus for your class on home page.
    2. Request site access.
    3. Once you have site access start reviewing the content and work towards finish the assignments on time.
    4. If you have questions email me at and I would be happy to help.
    Posted Jan 5, 2011, 9:46 PM by Sukhjit Singh
  • How do I remove myself from a discussion group for a class I took with you?
    If you want to remove yourself from the java mailing list you can simply do so by logging into and click on "Edit my membership" link and make the necessary changes as you see fit. You might consider doing so at the end of the quarter.

    Posted Jun 26, 2011, 10:47 AM by Sukhjit Singh
  • How can I access a google site without a google or gmail id?
    You can access a google site with yahoo, hotmail or other email ids. Please refer to the document at the following link.
    Posted Oct 4, 2010, 8:34 AM by Sukhjit Singh
  • Where can I find the syllabus?
    Syllabus is available on the home page or courses page.

    Posted Jan 5, 2011, 9:44 PM by Sukhjit Singh
  • How is plagiarism handled in Grading?
    If I find that your work is similar to labs submitted in the past, then you will automatically be assigned an F at the end of the quarter. It is not worth the effort to cheat.

    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 4:17 PM by Sukhjit Singh
  • What should I be doing on a weekly basis?
    Focus on objectives of each session and watch the lectures. Part take in online discussions, Take quizzes (if given), Do the labs and ask for help as needed.

    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 4:16 PM by Sukhjit Singh
  • How are the lectures delivered?
    Live lectures are delivered through WebEx and Google Wave. For on ground classes there are meeting with lectures or class assignments.
    Lectures are pre-recorded and delivered through several mediums - Television, Streamed video and Video/DVD (available through Media Lab). 

    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 4:16 PM by Sukhjit Singh
  • What can I do to get started?
    Get your textbooks, review the generic syllabus, install the language tools you will be working with and read through the first chapter of your text. Take a long walk, talk to yourself and ask yourself - Why am I taking this course?
    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 4:15 PM by Sukhjit Singh
  • What if I miss the orientation?
    You can go through the information on the main page to learn about what's covered in orientation

    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 4:15 PM by Sukhjit Singh
  • What can I do to succeed?
    Create a learning plan for entire quarter. Start by figuring out total weeks you have for completing the course and the total number of topics, quizzes, lab assignments and exams you have to cover.
    Write down the date you will watch the lectures, do the quizzes, lab assignments etc. Exams have firm dates so please write those down first.
    Plan your work and then work the plan
    Keep your eye on the ball - There will be emergencies, moments of relaxation or just "life happening" that will lead to delays in executing your plan. You will then have to decide what to work/not work on. Look at which effort will produce the maximum return and work on it. You can also work on creating a "very creative" excuse for me and ask for more time. If your story is convincing, I may even grant you some extra time. I usually have heard so many of these stories that I can figure out good ones from the bad ones. You have a better chance to getting my flexibility if you are outright honest with me.
    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 4:14 PM by Sukhjit Singh
  • What does it feel like when taking an online class?
    You work alone with your computer that is connected with a fast DSL/Cable Connection. With your computer connected you may feel a little connected. This will only happen if you choose to communicate and collaborate with others. Taking a distance learning class doesn't mean you distance yourself from others or your instructor (me) for that matter. You will need to take initiative to read the material more than once, ask question in discussion group or ask a question to the instructor. Online courses are not just about watching video lectures, taking online quizzes, doing labs and taking exams - It is about 
    - Getting help from others (your instructor and classmates) when you need it.
    - Working independently without distractions from anyone.
    - Having a flexible schedule - going to the class when you choose to versus a fixed time and location.
    - Saving money you might spend on gas if you are driving from a distance.
    - Saving commute time and spending that time studying.
    - About listening to the same lecture over and over if you need repetition on the material.
    - Being persistent in getting things done.
    - Sharing what you know with others so other will share with you.
    - Learning how to communicate effectively.
    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 4:14 PM by Sukhjit Singh
  • Why do I need a Google ID?
    Your class room uses google tools like wave, sites, docs and so on. Getting this and telling me about it help you get access to class information.

    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 4:14 PM by Sukhjit Singh
  • Where do I go to get a Google ID?
    Go to - to create your google account. You can also use your gmail id instead of creating a google account.
    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 4:13 PM by Sukhjit Singh
  • Is there a small orientation available for using the class site, tools etc.?

    Yes - you can watch the video on this link -

    The link will download a webex plugin and play. Best experience with Mozilla firefox or chrome.

    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 4:12 PM by Sukhjit Singh
  • How do I register for a class at De Anza?
    Follow the instructions at the following link to register for a class. 

    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 4:26 PM by Sukhjit Singh
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