I am currently teaching in a community college that includes teaching introductory programming course in C++. I also have a colleague who is currently teaching networking course with a laboratory hands-on part (I also teach this one before). Both of these courses are good for four (4) credits. Now, my question is how many preps are these courses considered in your school, is it good for one preparation (or one prep) or two preps? In my programming class by the way most of my students if not all have no prior programming experience in high school, so the teaching is more challenging than normal. Also, the networking course the lab could include actual cabling, accessing a router physically (via cable) and configuring routers virtually. I am saying this because from our college the only courses that are considered two preps are chemistry and physics classes.

  • $\begingroup$ The answers would have to be somewhat institution-specific. Where I am, one unique course is one prep. If you teach multiple sections of the same course, then that is still one prep. $\endgroup$
    – Ben I.
    Feb 2, 2021 at 14:33
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    $\begingroup$ I feel like this question might be too specific to your school and curriculum for others to be able to provide much useful guidance. Have you tried talking to your colleagues and department head? $\endgroup$
    – Ben I.
    Feb 2, 2021 at 14:35
  • $\begingroup$ Does your contract say that you have some number of "preps" each term? If so, what is the number? Probably not 1 or 2 like Dartmouth and probably less than 7, but I'd expect it to be high for a community college. $\endgroup$
    – Buffy
    Feb 2, 2021 at 16:11
  • $\begingroup$ You are teaching C++, and how to program at the same time. Cognitive load theory say that teaching two complex things together is not effective. Learning to program is hard. Learning C++ is very hard (if experienced programmer, harder if not). $\endgroup$ Feb 3, 2021 at 10:17
  • $\begingroup$ What is a "prep" is in a USA thing? Is it an abbreviation? $\endgroup$ Feb 3, 2021 at 10:18


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