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C-S 101- Intro to Computing Fall 2006 http://charity.cs.uwlax.edu Format Large lectures once per week Dr. Kenny Hunt (First Half) / Dr. Zheng? (Second Half) hunt.kenn@uwlax.edu Small lectures three times per week Mark Headington / Keith Burand / Steve Inglett Details

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c s 101 intro to computing

C-S 101- Intro to Computing

Fall 2006

http://charity.cs.uwlax.edu

format
Format
  • Large lectures once per week
    • Dr. Kenny Hunt (First Half) / Dr. Zheng? (Second Half)
    • hunt.kenn@uwlax.edu
  • Small lectures three times per week
    • Mark Headington / Keith Burand / Steve Inglett
details
Details
  • There are 2 exams scheduled during large lecture
    • March 5thand April 30th
    • These two exams cover only large lectures
    • These two exams combined will account for 25% of your total grade
    • The small lecture instructors are responsible for all other assignments and grades. They also assign course grades. Direct all questions to them!
lecture schedule

I should probably be writing this down.

Lecture Schedule
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
  • Robotics
  • Multimedia
  • Ethics
  • Networking
  • Databases
  • Web computing
  • Open Source
  • Security

Most lectures use PowerPoint presentations. Modified versions can be downloaded at

http://charity.cs.uwlax.edu

general education goals
General Education Goals
  • Use mathematical and logical methods to solve problems
    • computer programming
    • computing systems
  • Identify fundamental principles, theories, concepts, methodologies, tools and issues from various disciplines
    • computer programming
    • computer hardware
    • operating systems
    • networking
  • Reason logically, creatively and independently
    • computer programming
    • database design
  • Explain the impact of science and technology on the environment, human experience and social change
    • ethics
    • web-based programming
    • security
course disclaimer
Course Disclaimer
  • This course is not about
    • how to use Microsoft Office
    • how to use a browser
    • how to construct a web site
    • etc…
  • These items are covered, but only incidentally as a way of teaching general notions of computation
thoughts what good is computing
ThoughtsWhat good is Computing?
  • Computational thinking is
    • precise: no ambiguities allowed
    • logical: no room for uncertainty
    • linear: step-by-step processes
  • Computational thinking enhances
    • precise, logical, linear problem solving skills in life
thoughts what s up with computing
ThoughtsWhat’s up with Computing?
  • Computational devices are
    • powerful: computing allows us to do more than we otherwise could
    • ubiquitous: technology is used to some degree in every profession
    • not magic: can be understood at a basic level by a general audience
interesting data most in demand degrees
Interesting DataMost in Demand Degrees
  • Computer-related jobs have been in high demand
  • Some knowledge of computing enhances marketability
  • Most professions rely on computer technology to some degree
summary
Summary
  • This course should help
    • form precise, logical problem-solving
    • develop practical/marketable job skills
    • learn tools for your profession

Lets begin!