Various topics designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs.
AUTUMN 2005 - BIS 393, The Computer: Its History, Theory, & Uses
Three aspects of the computer will be investigated. First its history will be traced from Pascal to today. Second, its theory will be explored by studying logic, Boolean Algebra, and the concept of computability. Third, the students will discover its uses with hands on real life applications. The personal computer will be an integral part of the course and the students will be introduced to "off-the-shelf" applications chosen from Microsoft's Word, Excel, Access, Visual Basic, or Q-basic. The students will be expected to do hands on work on the PC. There will also be a variety of other learning activities, such as homework, group exercises, reports, and quizzes. Knowledge of algebra is required; knowledge of calculus is not required.
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Class assignments and grading
Homework will be assigned on a weekly basis, either one or two assignments per week. There will be two quizzes during the course. A final project may be assigned rather than a final exam.
Grades will be based on class participation (25%), the homework assignments (30%), the quizzes (22.5%), and the final project (22.5%).