G E O R G E T O W N C O L L E G E
CSC107 Fall 2010 Syllabus
CSC107 Introduction to Computer Science [ https://scholar.georgetowncollege.edu ]
A MWF 10:00-10:50am Asher 132,
B MWF 11:00-11:50am Asher 132
(and sometimes in the Asher lab)
Dr. Danny Thorne (dthorne0), Asher 121, 502-863-8362
Course Description An introduction to computer science including
introductory programming in a high level language, mathematics and computing,
and the role and issues of computing in society.
Dale and Lewis, Computer Science Illuminated, Third Edition
(Online resources: http://csilluminated.jbpub.com/3e/)
We will spend (approximately) the first half of the semester covering
chapters 1 through 9 (in varying degrees of thoroughness). During the second
the text). Depending on time, we may also cover some selected material from
chapters 10 through 17.
We will follow a natural progression of topics/questions that could be
stated simplistically in a list like this:
By saying that this list states the progression "simplistically", I mean that
some stuff is left out of the list and some aspects of the list are vague or
not well explained. I think it is a useful list, though, which, if you
revisit it later in the semester, will help you maintain a mental picture of
the overall context of the course and how the different parts of the course
fit together into a cohesive whole.
- Bits How can information be stored using bits?
- Gates How can physical devices called gates be designed
to manipulate bits in purposeful ways?
- Processors How can gates be combined into processors that are
capabable of general purpose computing?
- Instructions How can a set of instructions be encoded in the
hardware of a processor so that humans can tell the processor what to do?
- Programming How can humans program ("tell") computers to do useful
Grading Categories and weightings:
Exam One 0.20,
Exam Two 0.20,
Exam Three 0.20,
Final Exam 0.20.
Numerical scores between 0 and 1 (0% and 100%) are computed for
assignments and exams by dividing the
total number of points earned by the total number of points possible.
Scores for categories are computed by averaging the individual scores
in the categories.
The score for each category is then weighted according to the above
weights to give an overall course score between 0 and 1.
The overall score for the course is then mapped to a letter grade for
the course as follows:
Check your grades regularly on Moodle. Inform me immediately if you
notice anything unexpected (e.g., a missing or incorrect homework grade).
Homework will be assigned and collected regularly. Homework will often be
assigned via email and Moodle, not during class. You must check your
Georgetown College email daily, preferrably multiple times per day.
Help each other learn and understand the course
material, but complete the actual homework independently
(see the Honor System section of the Student Handbook http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/studentlife/handbook.pdf).
If you have to turn in homework late, provide a documented reason.
Take pride in the quality of your work.
Submit assignments that are neat, organized and thorough.
Store all of your graded homework in a safe place,
at least until the end of the semester.
Tentative dates for the midterm exams are
Wednesday September 15th,
Wednesday October 13th, and
Wednesday November 17th.
If you must miss an exam and want to make it up,
arrange it with me at least a couple of days before
the exam date, and provide a documented reason for missing.
Store all of your graded exams in a safe place,
at least until the end of the semester.
The Final Exam is scheduled for
Saturday, December 11th from 9:00am to 11:00am
Monday, December 13th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
for sections A and B, respectively.
It will be comprehensive.
Note that your final exam grade can be used to replace one of your mid semester
Your attendance will be monitored. There is no explicit
category for attendance in the grading scheme for the course. However,
missed exams and homework will affect your grade. Furthermore,
attendance will flavor my decisions about borderline scores at the end
of the semester.
Office Hours My office hours
are posted on my door and on my web page.
They might change, so check my door or the web page to confirm.
I am at your disposal independently of office hours.
You may call ahead, make an appointment,
or just drop by and see if I am available.
If I am unavailable due to work-related business when you drop by,
I will tell you; otherwise, I am happy to see you anytime.
Do not use cell phones during class, and make sure they are silent during
class. When we are in the lab, do not use lab computers for anything
unrelated to class (e.g., facebook, games, idle web browsing). Similarly, if
you use a laptop during class for taking notes, do not use it during class
for anything unrelated to class.
The following learning outcomes will be assessed primarily by homework
assignments and exams.
Demonstrate basic content knowledge consisting of, roughly, chapters 1 through
Use analytical reasoning skills and problem-solving skills to determine and
carry out the appropriate techniques for
converting numbers between different bases,
representing circuits via circuit diagrams, truth tables and boolean expressions,
interpreting small machine language programs,
Read quantitative material (e.g., the course text, course notes, online
resources), interpret correctly what has been read, and apply
it correctly in all topics throughout this course.
Apply creative thinking and written communication skills to communicate
precisely and effectively on the quantitative matters that are the focus of this course (as described above).