CISY 103 – Computer Concepts and Programming – Fall 2008
Course Description (from RVCC Catalog):
“This course is designed for students majoring in Computer Information Systems. It will provide an overview of information processing including computer applications, algorithms, documentation, and analysis of problems for computer solutions. Topics include computer hardware and software, data representation and organization, programming in Java, a survey of computer languages, and computer systems design concepts.
Course Description Translation:
Computer Concepts – In this class you will “learn the language” of computers so that you can be conversant with other computer professionals. To be conversant, you will learn what happens “inside the box” from a hardware and software perspective, how computers communicate, about the types of large information systems as well as how they are developed, how computers are used as a tool in the business world, and the impact of computers’ place on society and the environment. For this part, there are many terms, and a great deal of memorization is required. Assessment of Computer Concepts will be through homework and quizzes/exams that are mostly multiple choices, true/false, fill in the blank and some short answer.
Programming – In this class you will learn how to write computer programs. The process to write the computer programs involves problem solving ability. We will learn techniques to aid us in problem solving. Don’t worry, the assumption is that you have not programmed before. Since we are learning programming, the programs we write will be simple and will be of a business nature. The math skills needed include adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and calculating percentages. Assessment of Programming will be mostly through labs, projects, and quizzes/exams that are hands on programming.
Some people take this course as a general elective, but the course’s primary goal is to be a foundation for computer majors.