Computer Science First Year Seminar

GNST 102 Fall semester, 2017

 

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Instructor: Dr. Shieu-Hong Lin

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Syllabus: Compact Version, Full Version

 

Learning outcomes: After taking the class, the student should be able to

·         identify the challenges the student may face in the college life and the resources available to help the student through,

·         list the potential career paths ahead and the preparations needed in the process to accomplish the goal,

·         describe the integration of faith and learning in the context of the discipline, and

·         develop an understanding of importance of ethical issues in the discipline.

 

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Late policy   

·         Late submissions within a week of the due dates get 50% of the points.

·         Unless it is something like a serious health issue with statements from the doctor as proof, late work after 1 week will receive no points.

 

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Week 1 (September 1): Beginning of a Journey

·         Read Genesis 28:10~22: Jacob at the beginning of his journey.

·         Explore the CS curriculum diagram here and the CS curriculum charts here.

 

Assignment #1: Finish Part I of the autobiography assignment, due: Friday Sept. 8. (Note: Only Part I. No need to do Part II yet.)

 

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Week 2 (September 8): Landscape of Computer Science                       

·         Landscape of Computer Science

                                i.            Meeting the computer science Faculty: Professor Grace Lew and Professor K.C. Wong

                              ii.            A sample showcase about computer science: IBM Watson in the Jeopardy show and Science behind Watson

                            iii.            Explore the CS curriculum diagram here, the CS curriculum charts here, and an overview of jobs and careers.

                            iv.            Panel discussion

 

·         Brief Overview about the Transition to College

                                i.            Myths and issues about the transition to college

                              ii.            Sharing and prayer

 

Assignment #2: Thoughts about transition to college, due: Friday Sept. 15.

 

 

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Week 3 (September 15): Transition to College                              

·         Panel discussion on the related issues regarding the transition to college

                                i.            Sharing of experiences

                              ii.            Response to the questions in the articles

                            iii.            Advices, conclusions, and pointers to helpful resources 1 2

 

·         Brief Overview about Literature Search

                                i.            Finding relevant literature about IBM Watson in the Jeopardy show and Science behind Watson

                              ii.            Sharing and prayer

 

Assignment #3: Literature Search Part I due: Friday Sept. 22

 

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Week 4 (September 22): Using Library Resources for Research ( meet at the Library Instruction Lab )        

·         Class to meet at the Library Instruction Lab: It is located just to the right of the entrance of the library. We’ll learn about how to use library resources for research.

·         Read the information about the writing competency requirement in advance.

·         Send in your work through Biola Canvas.

 

Assignment #4: Literature search Part II due: Friday September. 29

 

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Week 5 (September 29): Internship, REU Programs, and More                                  

·         Read the information about internships and REU programs in advance.

·         Panel discussion on Internship and Jobs (Isaiah Bernados, Mathhew Kang, Peter Leung)

                                i.            Sharing of internship experiences: (i) the process of search, application, and interview and (ii) the attitudes and technical skills needed.

                              ii.            Response to the questions (search process, application, interview, attitudes, technical skills, …)

                            iii.            Advice and conclusions

 

Assignment #5: Internship and REU due: Friday Oct. 6

 

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Week 6 (October 6) Resources for Career Development  |  Ethics and Professional Conduct

 

·         Guest speaker: Tiffany Lee (Director of Center for Career Development) and Matthew Kng (MATH/CS internship coordinator).

 

Assignment #6: Integration of Faith and Learning: Ethics and Professional Conduct (I) due: Friday Oct. 20

 

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Week 7 (October 20):  Career Development: A Look into Software Engineering in the Aerospace Industry 

·         Guest speaker: Mr. Long Ho, Principal Engineer of Boeing (2001– 2016).

 

 

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Week 8 (October 27):  The Journey Ahead 

 

·         Guest speaker: Alex Chiang (Staff, Career Development)

 

Assignment #7: Finish Part II of the autobiography assignment, due: Friday Nov. 3.

 

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Relevant events on campus:

Guest talk for the Computer Science Club: Tyson Trautmann (Riot Games), 2-3pm, Friday, Nov. 10, BUSN 207.

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