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

                      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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Relevant events on campus:

MATH/CS game night: Friday 22, 6:00~10:00pm. Grove 10A, MATH/CS lab. Sign up online in advance.

Industry Expo for School of Sciences, Technology, and Health: Wednesday 27, 11:am~3pm. Sutherland Way West Walkway

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