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CSCI 103: Survey of Computer Science

Course Description:

CSCI 103 Survey of Computer Science Two Credit Hours
Required of all computer science majors before taking any course beyond CSCI 202.
The computer is examined as a machine, problem-solving tool, and information repository. An overview of the discipline of computer science is presented. Students will receive hands-on experience with the computing facilities at The Citadel, and they will learn how to research technical topics and present the results in written form.

Major Topics:

  • Operating systems
  • The Von Neumann architecture
  • Data storage
  • Binary number system
  • Algorithms
  • Programming languages
  • Networking and the Internet
  • Software engineering
  • Database systems
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Ethical and social issues in computing
  • Searching, evaluating and reporting on computer literature

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to

  • Identify and describe several of the areas that comprise the science of computing including the areas of expertise of the faculty
  • Run application software supported by the department
  • Search, evaluate and report on computer related literature
  • Discuss the ethical responsibilities of a computer professional.

Textbook:

Computer Science: An Overview (11th Edition) by J. Glenn Brookshear, Addison-Wesley, 2012.

Projected Schedule:

Every Fall

Recent Syllabi:

Fall 2011, Joshi
Fall 2009, Rudolph