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Q: "Introduction to Computers" course websites ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: "Introduction to Computers" course websites
Category: Computers
Asked by: nicholas67-ga
List Price: $55.00
Posted: 25 Mar 2006 16:44 PST
Expires: 24 Apr 2006 17:44 PDT
Question ID: 711921
I teach a university class called "Introduction to Computers."
I want to improve the class, so I am looking for good web sites for 
similar courses in other universities and colleges.

I found two good sites already:
 Fluency in Information Technology - UC San Diego
 Fluency with Information Technology - University of Washington
 (the lecture notes there are available via the Calendar link)

I'd like to find at least 10 more sites that include lecture notes.
Each site should be no more than 3 years old.
The lecture notes don't necessarily have to be highly polished --- I just
need enough details so that, with some research, I could create
similar lectures. (I'll be careful to ask the web site owners
for permission to use their notes where appropriate.)

My class is for students in all majors. Some of the topics I've
covered in the past are:
- non-technical overviews of the key components of a computer
  (processor, main memory, storage devices, monitors)
- a non-technical overview of networking and the Internet
- introduction to programming (we currently use the Pascal language, but I
  would definitely consider a change to other languages)
- introduction to programming languages (including high-level languages,
  assembly language, and machine language)
- ethical issues related to computers and the Internet
- history of computing
- basic computer security (including anti-virus software and firewalls)
- HTML and basic web-page design
- the binary number system
- how sound and images are stored on a computer

Please note that a web site for a course that mostly teaches students how
to use software (such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) would not help me.
Also, if the course covers mostly programming, that will not help either:
I'm looking for courses with broader coverage.

Thanks for trying to find these sites.

Clarification of Question by nicholas67-ga on 29 Mar 2006 21:46 PST
2 modifications:

- an answer with at least 4 more good sites is fine
  (instead of my initial request for 10 more)

- please don't include UC Davis courses (as I am familiar with these)
Subject: Re: "Introduction to Computers" course websites
Answered By: leapinglizard-ga on 05 Apr 2006 13:09 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear nicholas67,

My web research has turned up several sets of lecture notes for
introductory computer courses that were offered recently. Of the five
courses I mention below, three were taught in the current semester,
Spring 2006; one was taught in Fall 2005; and one in Fall 2003. These
materials are therefore quite fresh.

Purdue offers a course called "Introduction to Computer Technology
and Applications" intended for all majors. The online course materials
include a full set of lecture notes in the form of PowerPoint slides. You
may also be interested in the course quizzes and exams, which are linked
from the course's main page. (Course taught in Spring 2006.)

Purdue University: CPT 135: Introduction to Computer Technology and

Purdue University: CPT 135: PowerPoint Slides

Another introductory computing course for a general audience is offered
at Virginia. Again, the lecture notes are available online as PowerPoint
slides. (Course taught in Spring 2006.)

University of Virginia: CS 110 - Introduction to Information Technology:

University of Virginia: CS 110 - Introduction to Information Technology:

Yukon College in Canada offers a course called "Practical Computer
Fluency", with lecture notes available online for half of the course's
14 weeks. For the remaining weeks, class handouts and lab exercises are
posted. Note that the weeks are listed in reverse chronological order,
so you will want to begin browsing the lecture notes from the bottom of
the page. All notes are in HTML format. (Course taught in Fall 2005.)

Yukon College: CPSC100: Practical Computer Fluency: Class Notes

Another set of lecture notes in reverse chronological order, this time in
PDF, are available for the "Computer Mastery" course offered at Cal State
San Marcos. These lecture notes are especially comprehensive. (Course
taught in Spring 2006.)

Cal State University, San Marcos: CS 301: Computer Mastery

Lecture notes are available online for a UPenn course called "Information
Technology and Its Impact on Society", which covers the basic technology
of computing but puts special emphasis on the ethical dimensions. If
you scroll down the page, you will see in the table headed "Schedule
(Real & Tentative)" that there is a set of PowerPoint slides for each
lecture. (Course taught in Fall 2003.)

University of Pennsylvania: CSE 100: Information Technology and Its 
Impact on Society

As a supplement to the five sets of lecture notes above, I thought
you might be interested in the following two documents. First, a
point-by-point teaching outline for a 12-week introductory computing
course taught at Cal State Northridge.

Cal State University, North Ridge: Comp 100: Course Objectives

Second, a set of lab modules for an introductory computing textbook. Each
of the ten sections listed on the following page, from "History of
Computing" to "Computers and Society", links to a lab module -- click
on the square picture at the left of each title -- with a few paragraphs
of description and some lab exercises.

The Analytical Engine Online: Objectives

I have found it an interesting challenge to answer your question. If
you are concerned about the completeness or accuracy of my research,
please advise me through a Clarification Request and give me a chance
to fully meet your needs before you rate this answer.



Search strategy:

introduction computer computing non-major

computer fluency lecture notes

computing course non-technical
nicholas67-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Thanks for a very thorough answer!

Subject: Re: "Introduction to Computers" course websites
From: captain___nemo-ga on 31 Mar 2006 08:35 PST
I could help you in this matter as I have experience on this matter.
But unfortunately I am not a google researcher so that I can get that
money. And I don't know how to be one. :-(
Subject: Re: "Introduction to Computers" course websites
From: leapinglizard-ga on 08 Apr 2006 09:44 PDT

Thank you for the fine rating and the kind tip.


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