NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
700 PARK AVENUE * NORFOLK, VIRGINIA * 23504
Robinson Technology Center (RTC)
Office:: (757) 823-9454     Fax: (757) 823-9229
Email: CompSci@nsu.edu

Computer Science Courses

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE SYLLABUS

COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:
CSC-101   INTRODUCTION TO THE COMPUTER SCIENCE PROFESSION
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
MTH-105 or Equivalent
CO-REQUISITES:
See Instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to career opportunities for computer scientists and strategies to improve academic performance in the discipline. Course topics include lectures by computer science professionals and seminars on active coping, collaborative learning, pair programming, and the development of inclusive relationships.

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
  • No Textbook Required
  • Reference:   Study and Critical Thinking Skills in College, Kathleen McWhorter, Fifth Edition, Addison Wesley Longman, Inc., 2003.

Purchase books/supplies Online at NSU Barnes & Nobles Bookstore (http://norfolkstate.bncollege.com)

COMPUTER SCIENCE OFFICE LOCATION:

The Department of Computer Science is located in Suite 320 Robinson Technology Center. The individual faculty offices are located within the suite.

COURSE RATIONALE:

This course is a required course for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. Activities and assignments in this course support our program objectives currently listed on our departmental website (www.cs.nsu.edu/programs/ugradBS_CSC.html). Specifically, this course enables the objectives listed as follows:
CSC-101:     D,E,F,G,H

COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

Main Objective:

    To gain an accurate understanding of the activities of a computer science professional. The students will be able to
  • Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Computer Science
  • Understand the importance of relationship networking
  • Understand the value of collaborative learning and pair programming
  • Understand the value of and meet potential role models

    To enhance students’ ability to be successful in this University as a computer science major. The students will be able to
  • Learn the importance of getting to know your peers.
  • Learn how to cope with stress.
  • Understand the value of mentors and learn how to find them.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction to Relationship Networking
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Computer Science
  • Introduction to Collaborative Learning and Pair Programming
  • Introduction to Active Coping Skills
  • Introduction to Role Models
  • Introduction to Mentors

PRIMARY METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION / METHODS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS

The primary method of instruction will be lectures by the instructor with examples, demonstrations and drills. Students will also participate in class and group discussions.

GRADING STANDARDS

Students will receive a grade of pass/fail.
Pass (P)70 and above
Fail (F)69 and below
Attendance20%
Presenter Summaries70%
Final Survey/Exam10%

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS

    Class Attendance Policy
  • The Computer Science Department adheres to the University Policy on class attendance.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    Comprehensive Examination
  • Some of the material in this course will be included in the comprehensive examination all computer science majors are required to take prior to graduation.

SCHOOL-WIDE TUTORING SERVICES STATEMENT

The college of Science, Engineering, and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU student who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in Suite 100, RTC. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. You can access information about this service by going to http://stars.nsu.edu.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) STATEMENT

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, we ask if you have a disability or think you have a disability, please contact O.A.S.I.S., the Office of Accessibility Services, upon registration at Norfolk State University to confidentially discuss any accommodation needs.

    Audrey M. Wells, Coordinator, O.A.S.I.S.
    Office of Accessibility Services and International Student Services
    Norfolk State University, 700 Park Ave., Student Services Center, Suite 110, Norfolk, VA. 23504
    Phone: 757-823-8325, Fax: 757-823-2640, Email: amwells@nsu.edu

UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT STATEMENT

As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

WRITING COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT

All first-time freshmen and readmitted students entering Fall 2001 and thereafter and transfer students entering Fall 2002 and thereafter are required to take an exit examination to assess writing competency. After completing ENG 102, students must register for ENG 299 (no credit, no charge) until successfully passing the Examination of Writing Competency. Degree-seeking students at the baccalaureate level are required to take the writing examination before completing 90 semester hours. Associate degree-seeking students must take the exam no later than one semester prior to the anticipated date of graduation. For more information, refer tot he NSU Undergraduate catalog.

UNIVERSITY WIDE & COURSE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

    Information Technology Literacy
  • Learning foundation skills (hardware, software, and operating systems).

    Critical Thinking
  • Solving problems utilizing application software from a narrative description.
  • Knowing the appropriate software application to apply to a specific task.

    Laboratory
  • Demonstrating proficiency in utilizing software applications.
CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY

A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook (https://www.nsu.edu/Assets/websites/student-affairs/student-handbook/NSU-Student-Handbook.pdf)

NSU EMAIL ACCOUNT

In an effort to keep student informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU email account frequently. You may access your official NSU email account through the MyNSU portal at https://www.nsu.edu/mynsu/index. Once there, follow instructions provided to login to the MyNSU portal (NOTE: you access your NSU email from within the MyNSU portal).

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to revise the syllabus as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.