Santa Barbara City College
Department of Computer Science
Course: Computer Concepts (CS 101)
Instructor: Robert H. Dependahl, Jr.
Required Text: Understanding Computers: Today & Tomorrow, Morley / Parker, 14th Edition
Computer Center: Room H-245 is open: 9 AM to 10 PM Monday-Friday
Office Hours: Room H-226, Phone#: 965-0581 (ext. 2452) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7-9PM 10:30-11AM 4:45-5PM 10:30-11AM by apt
Homepage: Homework / exam scores and interesting class related links are available on my homepage: www.cs.sbcc.edu/~rhd/
Grading: The final grade for this class will be determined by the collective number of points accumulated through the following assignments and exams.
Midterms: Two will be given worth 100 points each. Failure to take a Midterm on the scheduled day will result in the following exam grade penalties.
If late up to 1 day --------------------- 10% off
If 1-4 days late ------------------------ 20% off
If later ----------------------------------- 50% off
Final: The final examination will be worth 200 points and will be a composite of the topics covered over the entire semester.
Programming: Simple programming assignments will be given. You will prepare these programs in BASIC and check them out on the computer.
Homework: Several homework assignments will be given during the semester. The value of these assignments will range from 10 to 20 points. Points will be subtracted for late homework.
Quizzes: There will be a number of unannounced 10-point quizzes. Quizzes cannot be made up. At the end of the course I will strike your worst quiz. (Best Idea: Perfect attendance then no missed quizzes)
All homework/programs must be submitted on paper. Emailing of coursework will not be accepted for credit.
Attendance: If you miss a class during the first three weeks, I will assume (unless you inform me otherwise) that you are not interested in this class and you will be dropped. After the 3rd week, I will only take roll on random days. If you are in class on time on these days you will earn 5 points. Poor/unexcused classroom or computer lab attendance will lead to a lower final grade.
Copying/Cheating: --- According to college policy, those involved will be sent to the Dean for disciplinary action. All homework and programs must be completed individually.
Miscellaneous Rules: 1. No food in the classroom 2. No heads on the desktop.
3. No cell phones on during class 4. No leaving the classroom once an exam has started 5. No printing of unrelated materials on the Computer Science Department’s printers.
Schedule of Topics and Reading Assignments
Week Of Chapter Lecture Description
8/27 1 Course Overview - Computer Hardware & Software
9/3 2 The System Unit: Processing and Memory
9/10 12 & 13 Software Development
9/17 Basic 1-18 Writing a Program in BASIC
9/24 Basic 19-28 Read/Data, Prints & Selection Structures
Basic 45 Input Statement
Basic 59-61 Print Formatting (semi-colon, comma, and tabs)
10/1 3 Using Secondary Storage
10/8 4 Input & Output Computer Equipment
10/15 5 & 7 Software Use, Systems Software & Networking
10/22 6 Word Processing, Spreadsheets & Graphics
10/29 14 Database Management Systems
11/5 Basic 47-50 Looping in BASIC
11/12 Handouts Functions in BASIC
11/19 MIDTERM #2
Basic 50-55 Subroutines
11/26 Basic 73-76 Arrays & Subscripts
Basic 62-64 Print-Using
Basic 52 & Handouts On-Goto/Gosub
12/3 Handouts Number Systems, Registers & Arithmetic
15 & 16 Security, Privacy, Trends & Review
12/7 Last day to turn in programs (10pm)
At the end of this course, the successful student will be able to:
1. Create simple programs
2. Operate computer applications
3. Describe a computer's hardware and software