CSC 101, Fall 1996
|1. Introduction||7. Grading Policy|
|2. Class Times||8. Professors|
|3. Textbooks||9. Teaching Assistants|
|4. Course Structure||10. Lab Assistant|
|5. Lateness Policy||11. Office/Lab Hours|
|6. Grading||12. Tentative schedule|
This course is designed to expose students
to a broad view of computer science, by examining computers at
different levels: from hardware and theory to history and societal
impact. This is not a programming course; CSC 111 is an introduction
to programming. The lecture material will be supplemented by weekly
labs. There are three primary aims to the course:
various computer skills:
Word, Excel, and HyperCard, generally familiarity with Macs and
PCs(Windows 95), email and basic understanding of the Internet,
including the World Wide Web. For the first time this semester,
we will use both Macs and PCs in this class. We will also use
the UNIX machine sophia, but mainly for email and for posting
your own web page. The course is not primarily directed towards
the attainment of skills; rather these are picked up along the
how a computer works. Few
computer literacy courses attempt this, but we consider it a major
component of the course. It is an intellectual challenge to understand
how the intricate components of a computer fit together to produce
the behavior we see. We will discuss the "machine language"
used by computers, the components of the hardware, and how it
all fits together. We will also discuss the low-level workings
of computer networks.
a feel for what computers can and cannot do.
We will discuss artificial intelligence, whether computers can
learn or be creative, what is an algorithm and a computer program,
what is the underlying structure of a computer network, and if
time allows, we will talk about computer crime, and the impact
of computers on society.
No prior experience with computers is
assumed. There are no prerequisites, mathematical or otherwise.
Lecture: Tuesdays 9:00 - 10:20, Seelye 201
Lecture: Thursdays 9:00 - 10:20, Seelye 201
Lab sec A: Thursdays 1:00 - 2:50, Seelye 411 or Burton B01 and B17
Lab sec B: Thursdays 3:00 - 4:50, Seelye 411 or Burton B01 and B17
Lab sec C: Thursdays 7:30 - 9:30, Seelye
411 or Burton B01 and B17
Helene G. Kershner, Computer Literacy, (Second Edition), D.C. Heath & Co.
K. Pitter and Robert Minato, Every student's guide to the World Wide Web, McGraw Hill 1996
Each student needs two blank high-density
(HD) diskettes. They may be purchased at the Grécourt Book
The class will meet twice a week for lectures, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and once a week for a lab (on Thursday). Lectures will be held in Seelye 201. There are three lab sections, all meeting in Seelye 411 during the first month. In October we will move into the newly upgraded PC labs in Burton basement, rooms B01 and B17.
There will be 10 assignments, many an extension of the lab in some way. The assignment will be distributed at the Thursday lab, and will be due by Wednesday at midnight, the following week. Some students will find it possible to complete some of the assignment during the lab period in which it is distributed.
The labs are to be done with a partner, but for the homeworks we expect individual work. Each lab requires something to be turned in the following Wednesday, when the homework is also turned in. Both labs and homeworks usually will be turned in electronically. The lab and homework are given a single letter grade.
There will be two written in-class quizzes,
Oct. 3rd and Oct. 31st, and a self-scheduled
final exam (December 16-19).
Everyone is granted three free "late
days," which may be used in increments of whole days. Assignments
handed in after the late days are exhausted are subject to a grading
penalty proportional to lateness (one letter grade per day; weekend
= 1 day). Extra late days will be granted only with a Dean's excuse.
Homework (60%); Quiz 1 (10%); Quiz 2 (10%); Final (20%)
|A||Exceptional: highly creative, perfect technical skills in all hwk and lab work, excellent class attendence.|
|A-||Outstanding: perfect technical skills, creative.|
|B+||Very good: good technical skills, but makes occasional mistakes; shows creativity.|
|B||Good: good technical skills with occasional mistakes; average quality of work.|
|B-||Good, but frequent mistakes, average quality of work.|
|C+||Modest technical skills, average quality of work.|
|C||Modest technical skills, modest quality of work.|
|C-||Low technical skills, modest quality, but did the work and attended the classes.|
|F||Fail: missed many classes/homeworks/labs/exams, didn't show any interest in the class.|
Ileana Streinu : course coordinator
Office: McConnell 210
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Katie Moriarty, Maureen
Murray, Heather Alef,
Diana Calderazzo, and Laura Morris
to weekly adjustment)
|Sun 7-10||TAs||Seelye 411|
|Mon 7-10||TAs||Seelye 411|
|Tues 7-10||TAs||Seelye 411|
|Tues 10:20 - 11:30||Ileana||Seelye 201, McConnell 210|
|Wed 7-10||TAs||Seelye 411|
|Thurs 10:20 -11:30||Ileana||Seelye 201, McConnell 210|
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Last updated on September 1, 1996.