Computer Science First Year Seminar

GNST 102 Fall semester, 2018

 

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Instructor: Dr. Shieu-Hong Lin          Email:  Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: LinEmail

Course Syllabus

Office Hours: LIM 137 in the Math & CS Department

MW TR 3:00-5:00pm   email  Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: LinEmail to confirm an appointment in advance

 

 

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,

·         develop an understanding of importance of ethical issues in the discipline, and

·         identify the essential components of a Christ-centered and biblically faithful education in the core curriculum and the Christian liberal arts tradition.

 

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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 7): Beginning of a Journey

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

·         Explore the CS curriculum: curriculum analysis, curriculum charts, and mapping of learning outcomes.

·         A spectrum of the cutting edge developments in various areas of computer science: ComputingEdge (IEEE Computer Society)

 

Assignment #1: Finish Part I of the autobiography assignment, due: Friday Sept. 14. (Note: Only Part I. No need to do Part II yet.)

  

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Week 2 (September 14): Landscape of Computer Science                     

·         Landscape of Computer Science

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

                              ii.            A showcase about IBM Watson in the Jeopardy show and Science behind Watson

                            iii.            A showcase about an Application of Machine Learning in Computer Graphics

                            iv.            Explore the CS curriculum: curriculum analysis, curriculum charts, and mapping of learning outcomes, and an overview of jobs and careers.

                              v.            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. 21.

 

 

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Week 3 (September 21): Transition to College                              

·         Sharing about a summer internship (Joseph Stewart)

                                i.            Internship experience with FaithLife (Logos Bible Software) and the attitudes and technical skills needed

                              ii.            Process of search, application, and interview

 

·         Panel discussion on the related issues regarding 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: 10:30am Friday Sept. 28 before meeting at the Library Instruction Lab

 

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Week 4 (September 28): Using Library Resources for Research (meeting 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 internships and REU programs in advance.

 

Assignment #4: Literature Search Part II due: Friday October. 5

 

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Week 5 (October 5): Career Development (I): A Look into the Marketplace of Information Technology

·         Guest speaker: Tom Day, IT Director at BI Nutraceuticals.

·         Read the information about CS careers and jobs in advance.

·         Read the cases and issues of ethics in Ethics and Professional Conduct (I).

 

 

Assignment #5: Integration of Faith and Learning: Ethics and Professional Conduct (I) due: Friday Oct. 19

 

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Week 7 (October 19): Career Development (II): A Look into the Marketplace of Software Engineering in the Aerospace Industry

·         Guest speaker: Long Ho, Principal Engineer at Boeing (~ 2016).

 

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Week 8 (October 26): Career Development (III): Tools and Resources for Career Development  

 

Guest speaker: Grace Kim (Biola Career Service), computer lab at Busn 209

·         Internship and careers: preparation, search, and application and 

·         Using LinkedIn for networking and job/internship search  

 

 

Assignment #6: Preparations for Career Development due: Friday Nov. 2

 

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Week 9 (Nov. 2):  Civic Engagement | The Journey Ahead            Meeting at computer lab at Lib 141

 

·         Christian Liberal Arts Tradition/Intro to Core: Civic Engagement

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

 

Assignment #7: Finish the civic engagement assignment, due: Friday Nov. 9

Assignment #8: Finish Part II of the autobiography assignment, due: Friday Nov. 16

 

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