CS 3 Introduction to Computer
Prerequisites: None; Transfer: UC, CSU
This is a
beginning course intended for students who plan to take additional
computer programming or computer science courses. Emphasis in the
course is divided between a broad survey of the field of computer
information systems and the acquisition of computer skills necessary
for more advanced classes. Such skills would involve use of the
operating system, file management techniques, use of an editor, and
an introduction to programming.
completion of this course, students will:
1. Be able to define
fundamental computer concepts.
2. Be aware of the social
implications of technological development.
3. Be able to trace
the execution of basic programs.
4. Be able to write rudimentary
5. Be knowledgeable of the capabilities of
current day computers and the possibilities of future computers.
texts and materials:
1. Discovering Computers 2006 by
Shelly, Cashman and Vermaat,
web site for this book is ==>>
- The reason I refer to the 2005 site is
that it is free. This site is only used for your enjoyment and
Learning to Program with Alice by Wanda
Dann, Stephen Cooper, and Randy Pausch Publisher: Prentice Hall
book website :http://aliceprogramming.net/
This may also be purchased
as an ebook at
3. The Age of Spiritual Machines
by Ray Kurzweil. Publisher: New York: Viking, 1999, ISBN
All of the above texts and materials are available in the SMC bookstore and at
A&R Textbooks at 17th and Pico (across the street from SMC - (310)
The Age of Spiritual Machines
may also be purchased at Borders, Barnes and Noble, and most other
Method of Presentation
reading, email interaction on written analysis of social issues
relating to technological development, and directed computer
To communicate with
In all email
contacts please remember to include your last name, first
name, SMC ID, and section number. Example: Smith, John, Student ID-123456,
section 1427. You may also want to
include a phone number where you may be reached. Make all of this the first line of the body of the email (not the email subject).
Use the email subject line to
tell me what your message is about. For example, a subject like
"Homework week 2 - reaction to The Age of Spiritual Machines
reading" is much more informative than "homework".
Midterm - 25%
Final Exam - 30%
Homework - 40% (This includes your autobiography, the
1 page Age of Spiritual Machines summaries, and Microsoft Office assignments)
Attendance/Class participation/ Etiquette
Final grade: 90 -
100%: A; 80 - 89%:
B; 70 -79%:
60 - 69%:
D; 0 - 59%: F.
examinations will be given from
Discovering Computers by Shelly, Cashman and Vermaat. Each
exam will contain 150 randomly selected questions. Both tests will
consist of multiple choice and true/false type questions based on
material from the textbook. These are open book, open notes, and are
Note : You may use any
dictionary on the exam, but I will not define terms for you - you
have to figure them out.
not be given an incomplete grade in the course without sound reason
and documented evidence. For a
student to receive an incomplete, he or she must be passing and must
have completed a significant portion of the course.
If you decide to drop the course, it is your responsibility to take
care of the necessary details in a timely manner.
Call the SMC phone registration system at (310) 434-4333,
go to the
registration system or call admissions at (310) 434-4474.
Note: You are
responsible for determining the drop deadlines for the semester. No drops will be given after
sometimes available in the Business building at SMC - room B231 - (310)
is a strong reading component for this course. You are expected to read each assigned chapter
prior to the due date.
All assignments must
be sent via email and must be submitted on time.
Assignments submitted after the deadline are considered late (there
is a 25% per week deduction). Plan to spend approximately ten hours
each week on reading and homework. Attendance will be taken by weekly homework turned in on