CSCI 101: Connecting with Computer Science

Winter 2023 (S1), Columbia College

S08: MT 08:00-09:50; W 08:00-08:50
S11: TF 10:00-11:50; W 11:00-11:50
Columbia College Main Campus
Office Hour
By appointment, fixed available hours: 
Tue 08:00-10:00, Wed 09:00-10:00 Room 544; 
Online and other time slots may be available
Week 6
S8: Thursday, S11: Friday
Links for Assignments and Quizzes can be found in the Curriculum and Slides section.

An overview of the history and fundamentals of computing and the connections with the arts, psychology, and biology. This course provides a thorough and rigorous overview of the fundamental issues concerning both hardware and software. No prior computing background is required.

Textbook and References

Lawrence Snyder et Ray Henry. Fluency With Information Technology, 7th edition

Weekly readings may be assigned.

Lab 3 Demo

Sample survey paper

Curriculum and Slides

The slides will be uploaded after class. I may also introduce modifications to the curriculum itself as we progress. I am only teaching the first half of the semester, anything after that please ask Dr Chan.

Links for Assignments and online Quizzes are also posted here. Please check the column on the righthand side.

Week 1
Administration and Course Intro (LS0, LS1);
Lec 1 Introduction to IT (LS2, LS3);
Theories of CS
Quiz 1 due;
Lab 1 out;
Reading 0
Week 2
Lec 2 The World Wide Web (LS4, LS5, LS6);
Utilisation of WWW
Lab 2 out;
Reading 1
Week 3
Lec 3 Multimedia Technology (LS7, LS8);
Media, Graphics, etc.
Reading 2,
Reading 3
Week 4
Lec 4 Applications (LS10, LS11, LS12)
Robotics, Bioinformatics, etc.
Lab 3 out;
Reading 4,
Reading 5,
Reading 6,
Reading 7
Week 5
Lec 6 Cloud Computing (LS17, LS18);
Smart Business, etc.
Lec 8 Digital Art (LS22);
Conventional Art VS Digital Art
Lab 4 out;
Reading 8,
Reading 9,
Reading 10,
Reading 11,
Reading 12
Week 6
Review & 1st MidtermMidterm (S8: Thursday, S11: Friday)
Week 7
Lec 9 Computerised Society (LS24, LS25, LS26);
Social Implications, Privacy, etc.
Reading 13,
Reading 14,
Reading 15,
Reading 16
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14

Cheating and Plagiarism Policy

I expect all students to uphold the principle of academic honesty. Cheating and plagiarism (presenting another person’s words or ideas as one’s own) are not acceptable behaviour at anywhere. Depending on the severity of the offence such acts can result in a grade of zero on the test or assignment, a failing grade (F) in the course, or expulsion. In all cases, the circumstances and the penalty are recorded in the student’s file.

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