CSC 160
Computer Programming for Non-Majors

Spring, 2007

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This course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:25-3:40 PM in Room 100 of the Swirbul Library. The last time I taught this course was Summer 2005.

Getting Help

My office hours (in Alumnae Hall 113A; if I'm not there, look around the corner in the 112 lab) are Mondays 12-1 and 4-5, Tuesdays 10-4, Wednesdays 12-1, and Fridays 12-3.


The main textbook for this class is one that I'm writing; it'll be available, chapter by chapter, on BlackBoard. In past semesters, I've used How to Design Programs, by Felleisen, Fisler, Flatt, and Krishnamurthi, published by MIT Press, and you're encouraged to read parts of that book too (especially when we get to chapters of my book that haven't been written yet!)
We'll be programming in the Scheme programming language. Why Scheme rather than C++ or Java?

Partners for upcoming assignments

If you need a partner for the next homework, please e-mail me immediately and I'll try to match you up with someone.

Recipes and Syntax Rules

You'll get through this course a lot more easily if you follow the design recipes! Here are the recipes and syntax rules we've seen so far, and you can also read about the spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and idioms of Scheme.

Software support

We use the software package DrScheme, which is available for free download for Windows, Mac, and Unix.

After you've installed it, please also download and install the teachpack; see here for directions.

Reading List

Who should take this course?

This course is intended primarily for people who have not previously studied computer programming, primarily non-majors. CS majors are allowed to take the course, and will almost certainly learn something, but this course isn't part of the CS major. For non-majors, this course counts towards your math/science distribution requirement.

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