Description of Course Goals and Curriculum
Computers are all around us. How does this affect the world we live in? This course is a broad introduction to computing technology for humanities and social sciences students. Topics will be drawn from current issues and events, and will include discussion of how computers work; what programming is and why it is hard; how the Internet and the Web work; security and privacy.
This course will give you an introduction to the history of computers and technology since inception, computer components, brief programming languages, as well as quantitative skills by working with computational concepts like binary and hexadecimal systems. The course is largely based on logic where you’ll be required to apply many of the computation theory concepts in word problem format. You will be tested with exams, problem sets, and self-scheduled labs—there are no precepts for this course. The course provides a solid foundation for speaking about computer history, programming languages, and how specific computational technology works.
Learning From Classroom Instruction
Learning For and From Assignments
The problem sets will challenge you to think in an unconventional logic, which is really what you’ll be tested on. The exams are similar to the problem sets in terms of format (word problems), however increased in difficulty. The way to do well on the exams is to understand the logic, not the format, of the problem sets, and once you’ve understood the logic you’ll be able to understand what the exam questions are really getting at. So take the problem sets as if they are mini exams and really work with Professor Kernighan through the problems so you understand the logic—this will really make the exams much easier to tackle.
What Students Should Know About This Course For Purposes Of Course Selection