CSCI 112 Course Information
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CS11e: Pearson Custom Computer Science: Hope College Department of Computer Science, CSCI 114, Professor Mike Jipping.
(A custom book based on Computer Science: an Overview, 11th edition, J. Glenn Brookshear, Addison-Wesley, 2012.)
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 you will learn in some of the
more advanced courses.
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
- Algorithms (time permitting)
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 at the end of each chapter
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 begin with a pop-quiz over the Questions & Exercises or small group presentations
of some of the questions.
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, and it is likely your grade will reflect that.
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:
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.