CSC 170
Introduction to Computers and their Applications

Spring, 2004



Homework Assignments

Getting Help

My office hours (in Alumnae Hall 113A; if I'm not there, look around the corner in 112) are Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-6:00, and Wednesdays 9:00-12:00. You can also get help from the tutors at the Learning Center (in Earle Hall). For example, Andrew Frisch holds regular office hours: MW 10:00-12:00 in Earle, T 3:00-5:00 in Alumnae 114, F 11:00-12:00 and 1:00-2:00 in Alumnae 114.


This class will use three textbooks:

We'll go through most of the Parsons & Oja book in the first half of the semester, examine half a dozen of the projects in the Office XP book, then switch to the Web design book after Spring Break. All three books were in the bookstore as of Jan. 22; note that the first two come together in shrink-wrap.

Who should take this course?

This course is for people who want to learn how to use computers for word processing, number processing (spreadsheets), databases, e-mail, Web browsing, etc. If you are (or are considering being) a math or computer science major, you'll need to take one or more programming courses like CSC 160 or CSC 171 (ask me for advice on which). If you are a Computer and Management Information Systems major, you need both this course and some programming courses. For General Education requirements, this course counts as a Second Competency but not as a Math/Science Distribution course.

Some Suggested Reading

On privacy, intellectual property, ethics, and politics, as affected by computers and telecommunications

On the history of the computer industry

Technical stuff

Some Web sites to critique

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