Main Campus · College of Arts, Culture and Scientific Inquiry · Computing and Mathematics
Intro to Computer Science
- Fall 2020
- Section 01
- 4 Credits
- 08/12/2020 to 12/05/2020
- Modified 08/13/2020
This course introduces two fundamental aspects of computer science--abstraction and design--as students learn to develop programs in a high-level programming language. Students will study and implement a variety of applications, including graphics and scientific simulations. The course assumes no prior background in programming or computer science.
Instructor: Ms. Alexandra Young
Office: TLC 2204
Email: [email protected]
Monday & Wednesday: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Monday & Wednesday: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Also available by google chat and appointment any time
Location: TLC 1211
Monday & Wednesday: 8:00am - 9:15am
Friday: 8:50am - 9:40am
How to Think Like a Computer Scientist - Interactive Edition - https://runestone.academy/runestone/static/thinkcspy/index.html
- This book is a free online textbook.
- You will need to register to use the textbook for this course. The course name you must use is: CS1300Fall2020
- Trace a simple computation expressed as an algorithm or as a program.
- Translate a simple algorithm into programming code.
- Develop simple programs using functional abstraction.
- Develop code that can make decisions.
- Develop code that can iterate.
- Compile, test, and debug simple programs.
|Exams (best 3 of 4, 15%)||45%|
There will be four exams given. Dates of the exams are given in CourseDen. The lowest exam score will be dropped. There will not be any makeup exams for any reason. If something comes up that you miss an exam then drop that one.
Exams cover the fundamentals of the material covered. They test your ability to:
Three projects let you apply what you have learned in lecture, assigned readings and lab and homework exercises.
Homework assignments will allow you to apply and extend concepts and techniques covered in lecture, the assigned readings, and the lab exercise.
Lab exercises allow you to learn concepts and techniques covered in lecture and the assigned readings by providing you a guided activity to work through and complete.
Quizzes assess the basic comprehension of concepts covered in lecture and assigned readings.
Please check the course site on CourseDen for the course schedule under Introduction Module.
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