Computer Science for the Liberal Arts
Spring 1997. Professor Ilan Vardi.
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- Object of Class: This object of this class is to get you
familiarized with the basics of computer science. In analogy with
driver's education, the object is to get you to drive the computer and
not the other way around. The computer aspect of the class will
focus on writing web pages and documents. There will be very
little actual comptuer programming. A significant portion of the
class will deal with philosophical and culture issues of computer
- Text: There is no class text, so attendence is very
important. Buying a text on HTML or whatever program you will use
for you project is encouraged. Do not fail the class because
you wanted to save money!
- Grading Scheme: The grade will be based on
Homework 1/3, Midterms 1/3, Project 1/3. The first midterm
is due on March 14.
- Class Participation: Class attendence is mandatory.
Class participation is encouraged. The project will involve
an in--class presentation.
- Midterms: There will be two midterms.
- Homework: No late homework will be accepted.
- Project: The project for this class is meant to model
how ``real life'' computer projects are done. The goal is to come up
with a high quality computer product. Presentation of the project will
be important. Projects will involve groups of up to four students,
with a division of labor along the following lines:
The final project should be written up in a nice looking brochure.
It would also be good to set up a web site to complement the
- Technical writing.
Grades will be given on the end result. There will not be any
preference given to any of the above categories.
Doing a good job on this will be great for your career! You will have
been part of a professional computer project.