CSCI 112 Fall 2011
Exploring Computer Science
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Charles Cusack
Computer Science
Hope College
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Time 2:00-2:50 pm MW
LocationVNZORN 142

Instructor Chuck Cusack
E-mail cusack@hope.edu
OfficeVWF 233
Phone 395-7271
Office Hours       11:00-11:50am MW, 3:00-4:00pm MTWR, or by appointment.

Textbook CS11e: Computer Science: An Overview, 11th edition, J. Glenn Brookshear, Addison-Wesley, 2012.

Coverage This course is a breadth-first introduction to computer science. What that means is that you will learn a little bit about a wide range of computer science topics.

This course is NOT a computer literacy or programming course. You will not learn how to send and receive e-mail, use Word or other software, or work with spreadsheets. You will also not be writing computer programs.

The purpose of the course is not to give you some skills that will be useful in whatever your future career is, although you will find that some of the things you learn may be useful in the future. The purpose is to give you a flavor of what computer scientists do.

The topics covered will include:

  • What is Computer Science?
  • Data Storage (binary, hexadecimal, ASCII, etc)
  • Data Manipulation
  • Computer Architecure
  • Operating Systems
  • Networks and the Internet
In addition, one or more of the following topics will be discussed as time permits:
  • Algorithms
  • Data Abstractions
  • Database Systems

Preparation Before class each day you must read the sections of the textbook listed on the schedule for that day. You must complete all Questions & Exercises for each section you read. The answers to these are in the back of the book so you can check your work. In addition, you should look at the homework assignments that are due for the following class so you can get any questions answered.

Be sure the read the entire section(s) indicated, and attempt all of the Questions & Exercises.

Each class will start with question you may have about what you read, including going over any of the exercises you had difficulty with and answering any questions you have about upcoming homework assignments. After clearing up any confusions, we will spend class discussing some of the topics in more depth, seeing examples, and seeing how the topic fits in with other topics.

If you are not doing the assigned readings and exercises, you will not get nearly as much out of the course as possible, and it is likely your grade will reflect that.


In Class Unless otherwise informed, you may not use any electronic device (cell phone, gaming device, tablet PC, laptop, desktop, super computer, etc.) while in the classroom. This includes before, during, and after class.

The reason for this rule is that I want you to be fully present while you are in the classroom, and electronic devices can be very distracting. Here are some videos to help illustate the point:


Advice Here is a list of what students who took the course previously had to say about succeeding in the course:
  • Make sure you do the reading, and get help from the professor if you do not understand it.
  • Be prepared to ask lots of questions.
  • Do the reading.
  • Read the text carefully.
  • Always do the reading. It helps a lot.
  • Make sure and read the book before going to class.
  • Read, read, read.
  • Just make sure you read your textbook everyday before going to class
  • Make sure you read the text book and ask questions about homework.
  • Pay attention during class!
  • Pay attention in the lectures.
  • Pay attention and get help if you need it.
  • Ask questions if you don't understand.
  • Don't procrastinate on the writing of your research paper.