CSCI 101: Connecting with Computer Science

Spring 2024 (S1), Columbia College

Tues/Fri 08:00-09:50;
Wed 09:00-09:50;
Office Hour
Appointment required
Online and other time slots may be available
Midterm 1
Week 6, Friday

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 here.

Curriculum and Slides

The slides will be uploaded after class. I may also introduce modifications to the curriculum itself as we progress.

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);Reading 0
Reading 0.1
Week 2
Lec 1 Introduction to IT (LS2, LS3);
Theories of CS
Reading 0
Lab 1
Week 3
Lec 2 The World Wide Web (LS4, LS5, LS6);
Utilisation of WWW
Reading 1
Lab 2
Quiz 1(Assig 1)
Week 4
Lec 3 Multimedia Technology (LS7, LS8);
Media, Graphics, etc.
Reading 2
Reading 3
Lab 3
Week 5
Lec 4 Applications (LS10, LS11, LS12)
Robotics, Bioinformatics, etc.
Reading 4,
Reading 5,
Reading 6,
Reading 7
Lab 4
Quiz 2 (Assig 2)
Week 6
Review for Midterm (LS15)Midterm 1
Lab 5
Week 7
Lec 7 Artificial Intelligence (LS19, LS20, LS21);
Vision, Language, Cognition, etc.
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14


Midterm 1+225%

Additionally, you will need to get at least 50% in the final to pass.

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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