Lecture: 3 hours
Laboratory: 3 hours
Credit restrictions/cross listings Not open for credit to students who have completed course 30. Only two units of credit allowed to students who have completed Plant Science 21.
Computer uses in modern society. Emphasis on uses in non-scientific disciplines. Includes word processing, spreadsheets, web-page creation, elementary programming, basic computer organization, the Internet, the uses of computers and their influence on society. Course not intended for CS or CSE majors.
Summary of course contents
Students have written assignments involving (1) Interacting with Personal Computers; E-mail, Network Utilities; (2) Word processing (1 exercise); (3) Spreadsheet operations (2 exercises); (4) Designing a web page (1 exercise); and (5) Programming (4 exercises). Students write a term paper on the use of computers in a field of interest to them. This paper will go through several iterations, including submission of a prospectus that defines the topic as well as the thesis, a progress report, a complete draft of the final paper, and the final revised paper.
Science & Engineering
ABET Category Content:
Engineering Science: 0 unit
Engineering Design: 0 unit
Goals: To prepare non-science majors to take advantage of computers in their respective majors by understanding their uses, limitations, and potential.
Program Outcomes: This course is for non-majors.
Overlap: ECS 15 overlaps with PLS 21 in the introduction to microcomputers and basic office tools. ECS 15 covers a significant amount of material on the computer networks and basic programming skills, which are not included in PLS 21.
History: 2012.10.18 (P. Koehl): Tweaked catalog description. Expanded the summary of course contents, replaced description of the different stages of the term paper with more accurate version. COCI approval (2010.12.1). Prepared by N. Amenta (2007.02).