[Archived] CSCI 101: Connecting with Computer Science

Fall 2020 (S3), Columbia College

Mon 16:00-17:50;
Wed 16:00-16:50;
Thur 16:00-17:50
Online using Zoom
Columbia College Main Campus
Office Hour
Mon 11:00-12:00;
Wed 11:30-12:00;
Online (Shared)
22 Oct 2020, 16:00-17:50 (Online)
11 Dec 2020, 08:30-11:30 (Online)
Zoom link will be posted on Moodle.
Links for Assignments and Quizzes can be found in the Curriculum and Slides section.
Final exam on Moodle.

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.

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.

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);Intro Survey;
Reading 0
Week 2
Lec 1 Introduction to IT (LS2, LS3);
Theories of CS
Assignment 1 out;
Reading 0
Week 3
Lec 2 The World Wide Web (LS4, LS5, LS6);
Utilisation of WWW
Assignment 1 due;
Reading 1,
Week 4
Lec 3 Multimedia Technology (LS7, LS8);
Media, Graphics, etc.
Reading 2,
Reading 3
Week 5
Lec 4 Applications (LS10, LS11, LS12)
Robotics, Bioinformatics, etc.
Assignment 2 out;
Reading 4,
Reading 5,
Reading 6,
Reading 7
Week 6
Lec 5 Research Topics (Project) (LS13, LS14)
Assignment 2 due;
Project release (Survey);
Week 7
Review for Midterm (LS15)
Group Presentation Assignment (LS16)
Week 8
Lec 6 Cloud Computing (LS17, LS18);
Smart Business, etc.
Presentation: G6; G3;
Assignment 3 out;
Reading 8,
Reading 9,
Reading 10,
Week 9
Lec 7 Artificial Intelligence (LS19, LS20, LS21);
Vision, Language, Cognition, etc.
Presentation: G10, G4, G11
Assignment 3 due;
Final Proposal Release
Week 10
Lec 8 Digital Art (LS22);
Conventional Art VS Digital Art
Presentation: G7, G8, G5
Final Proposal Due;
Reading 11,
Reading 12

Week 11
Lec 9 Computerised Society (LS24, LS25, LS26);
Social Implications, Privacy, etc.
Presentation: G2, G12, G1
Reading 13,
Reading 14,
Reading 15,
Reading 16
Week 12
Final Project Presentation
Week 13
Final Project PresentationFinal Essay Due
Final (Moodle)

Group Presentations

Due to privacy concerns, full list including student information is released on M$ Team’s general channel. Please find #04-2020-1003-401_Group_Assignments.pdf there.

Link to feedback form: https://jetic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/04-2020-1003-402_Group_Presentation_Feedback.pdf

  • G1: Social Media’s Influence on Public Opinion (19 Nov)
  • G2: Privacy (19 Nov)
  • G3: Impact of Social Media Usage on Mental Health (29 Oct)
  • G4: Robotics in Human Society (5 Nov)
  • G5: Effect of Streaming Services on the Music/Motion Picture Industry (12 Nov)
  • G6: Open Education (29 Oct)
  • G7: VR, AR, and Sixth Sense Technologies (12 Nov)
  • G8: Swarm Intelligence (12 Nov)
  • G10: Brain-Computer Interface (5 Nov)
  • G11: Is there any problem with the 3 laws? (5 Nov)
  • G12: Cybercrime Events That The World Will Never Forget (19 Nov)

Group Presentations

Final project proposals are due: 13 Nov. 2020. I will give you your topic assignments by 15 Nov.

Please use the Proposal survey system to submit your ideas.


Assignments + In-class Group presentation20%
Final Project Presentation15%
Final Project Essay15%

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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