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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Misher College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science

Orientation to Computer Science - 

CS 100

Fall 2003

Instructor:

Dr. Anatoly Kurkovsky

Classes:

Wednesdays 11:00 A.M. - Noon 

Office hours:

Mondays 10:00 A.M. - Noon, Wednesdays Noon  - 2:00 P.M. or by appointment

Telephone: (215) 596-7615

E-mail: a.kurkov@usip.edu

 

Catalog Course Description: 

Prerequisite: Computer Science Major or permission of the instructor.

This is an introductory course to the field of computer science including current developments and future prospects. The objectives of this course include orienting the entering computer science major to the curriculum at USP, the computer science field in general, and to give the students study skills necessary to be successful in the program. Covered subjects include 6 units: 

bulletUnit 1. Computer Systems and Architecture
bulletUnit 2. Computer Software
bulletUnit 3. Data Organization
bulletUnit 4. Software Development and Computer System Design
bulletUnit 5. Student Poster Projects
bulletUnit 6. Quantitative Methods and Models in Computer Science

 

Materials:

bulletRequired Textbook: "Understanding Computers: Today and Tomorrow" by C. Parker, D. Morley and B. Miketta, 2002 Edition, Course Technology. ISBN: 0-03-033436-5. 
bulletOptional Textbooks:  
bullet"Computer Science: An Overview" by J. Glenn Brookshear, 7th edition, 2002, Addison Wesley. ISBN: 0-201-78130-1
bullet"The New Turing Omnibus. 66 Excursions in Computer Science" by A. K. Dewney, 1993, Computer Science Press. ISBN: 0-7167-8271-5.
bullet"Discovering Computers 2003 Concepts for a Digital World Web and XP - Enhanced, Complete" by Gary B. Shelly, Thomas J. Cashman, and Misty E. Vermaat, 2002, ISBN: 0-7895-6514-5.

 

Methods of Instruction:

bulletLectures and seminars
bulletAssignments:
bulletStudent Poster Projects

 

Evaluation:

Your performance in this class will be measured by Student Poster Project (50%) and class participation (50%). 

Evaluation of your class participation will include:

bulletattendance,
bulletunderstanding of the course material,
bulletresponsibility to answer professor's questions.

The final grade (Pass or Fail) will be derived from your performance on the assignment and class participation.

 

Tentative Schedule:

(These dates could be changed depending upon the pace of the course.)

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Starting

Unit

Topic

Speaker

Assign.

1.

Aug 27

 

Introduction

A. Kurkovsky

 

2.

Sep 3

 

How to survive at USP

J. Kuchinsky

 

3.

Sep 10

 

Time Management Techniques and Study Skills

Student Affairs Staff

 

4.

Sep 17

1

USP Computer Science Curriculum and Scientific Areas of Computer Science.  Networks and Communications Protocols

A. Kurkovsky

 

5.

Sep 24

2

System Software and Programming Languages 

A. Kurkovsky 

 

6.

Oct 1

2

C++ Programming

R. Schriftman

 

7.

Oct 8

3

Database Management and Data Structures 

A. Kurkovsky 

 

8.

Oct 17

4

Software Development: Program Development Life Cycle. Types of Information System.

A. Kurkovsky 

Poster Projects

9.

Oct 23

5

Computer access to information resources from USP library

Library Staff

 

10.

Oct 29

5

Student Poster Projects Presentations:

bullet

        Main Hardware Components of Computer System

bullet

        Application Software

Students

 

11.

Nov 5

6

Linear, Dynamic Programming and Complexity

A. Kimchuk,       B. Bendl

 

12.

Nov 12

6

Discrete Mathematics and Graphs

S. Alsardary

 

13.

Nov 19

6

Probability Theory and Biostatistics

G. Manco

 

14.

Dec 3

6

Computer Simulation

A. Kurkovsky 

 

 

Attendance policy:

It is required that students attend every class. You are allowed to miss only one class without a written excuse. If you miss more than one class your grade will decrease by the number of classes you have missed. If you miss a class, you are responsible for all lecture notes, slides, assignments, and other information from other students. 

 

Some common sense notices:

bulletPlease do not be late for classes.
bulletPlease do not wear hats in the classroom.
bulletPlease turn off all cell phones, beepers, pagers, buzzers, and other noisy electronic devices during class time. 
bulletPlease do not bring children, parents, friends, etc. into the class. 
bulletPlease show common courtesy to your fellow classmates and professor.

 

Plagiarism and cheating:

You may work together and share ideas on any take-home assignment; you may seek help from anyone. However, submitting identical assignments will be considered cheating. 

 

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