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A computer science freshman orientation course

A computer science freshman orientation course,10.1145/228296.228305,ACM Sigcse Bulletin,Curtis R. Cook

A computer science freshman orientation course   (Citations: 6)
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This paper describes an orientation course for beginning computer science majors. The course is different from the CS 1 or computer literacy courses, but similar in intent and content to orientation courses in engineering, business, and other fields. Its purpose is to give students an overview of computer science and an idea of what computer professionals do so that students can make an informed career decision. Other emphases for the course are practice in problem solving, experience working in groups, teaching basic technical (non-programming) skills, social and ethical issues, and making students aware of the resources and opportunities available to them such as internship programs. Influences and constraints on the design of the course and suggested changes the next time the course is taught are also described.
Journal: ACM Sigcse Bulletin , vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 49-55, 1996
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    • ...Objective 2: A course that improves retention and success in subsequent CS courses, particularly CS1 [7, 8]...

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    • ...Others found problem solving and computer science principles (data types, operators, logic, algorithms, and control structures) to be invaluable to students in a CS0-type "problem solving course" taken prior to a CS1 course in computer programming (Allan, 1997 ; Cook, 1996)...

    Ronald J. Harkins. Using the Software Development Life Cycle as a Curriculum Design Tool ...

    • ...A description of the first version of the course and suggested changes are given in Cook [4]...
    • ...Cook [4] listed eight influences and constraints in the design of the first version of the course...

    Curtis R. Cook. CS0: computer science orientation course

    • ...As observed by Cook [1], these courses offer very little orientation topics and activities...
    • ...In describing a CS freshman orientation course, Cook stressed the importance of orientation courses which give an overview of the discipline, what the profession is like, and what professionals do; these topics will enable students to make informed decisions about their educational and career goals [1]...
    • ...We also referred to Cook’s paper on CS freshman orientation course [1]...
    • ...Cook stated that a CS orientation course should provide opportunity to ‘sell’ the CS discipline, make the students feel part of the CS community, teach some basic technical skills, and give an overview of CS [1]...

    Stephen U. Egarievweet al. Exploring Computer Science - A Freshman Orientation and Exploratory Co...

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