Welcome to CSC 105! The college catalog says this course is a "study
of core topics and great ideas in the field of computer science,
focusing on underlying algorithmic principles and social implications."
We will address questions that will give you a new perspective on the
everyday uses of computing, such as, How
do the parts of a computer work together? How
are digital images and music stored? What happens when I browse a web
page? Why are some web sites easier to use than others? Are there
things that computers can't do? With hands-on class activities,
we will create, discover, and gain a better intuition of computational
phenenomena. Because this technology does not exist in a vacuum,
we will also discuss computing's role in society and the ethical issues
involved. In short, we will answer the questions (and question
the answers) that should make you responsible and well-informed
citizens of the digital age.
YES! Seriously, if you are at all interested in what computers can (and cannot) do, then this overview of computer science is for you. Although computing and its uses are constantly evolving, many basic concepts and skills remain the same. Knowing these will prepare you well for understanding future technologies.
This course assumes some basic computing skills: word processing,
email, and web browsing. This course assumes no prior experience with
programming or computer science.
Don't be afraid to try things. It's very unlikely that
you will break the computer, and even if you do it can almost certainly
Also remember that computers have no common sense or
compassion. They are complex, and sometimes they do
things we don't expect. If
things go wrong in ways you don't understand, don't blame yourself.
Ask for help from me or the class mentor.
Janet Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org)Created January 12, 2012