Oregon State University

CS 101: Applications and Implications of Computers

Oregon State University, College of Engineering


Students discussing their assignments

Class starts on Monday, January 6, 2020 and ends on Friday, March 20, 2020.

This textbook may undergo changes before the first day of class.

This hands-on course will give you experience with a variety of software applications available on your own computer. In addition, you'll read, view, and write about the positive and negative effects computers have on human lives as well as the ethical implications of information technology.

This course is not a computer programming course. If you meant to sign up for programming, try CS 160.

This course requires high-speed broadband internet to access all lessons, media, and software. Drop this course if you anticipate having inefficient internet service during the term.

Complete Chapter 1 and 2 right away...they will prepare you for the rest of the term.

Follow this path for best results:

  • Weekly Schedule

    Add notes about this basic schedule to your calendar so you stay on track:

    • Tuesday/Thursday:
      Understand the week's goals. Participate in the group discussion. Pay close attention to the demonstrations. Practice the new skills. Write about what you've read.
    • Friday:
      Visit office hours if you need clarification or help with skills.
    • Weekend: Compare your work to the scoring criteria. Complete the writing and skill building activities. Output and submit the proper files.
  • 🔘 Modules and Chapters

    Be prepared to spend 6 to 12 hours on each chapter. Listen to articles when your eyes are tired.

    Complete activities in each chapter in sequence to help you succeed. Each contains:
    • Objectives
    • Discussion instructions
    • + Readings/viewings and search terms
    • + Key project instructions
    • ◯ Scoring criteria
  • Feedback and Help

    Assignment Reply to Grades → Assignment → Comments when you have questions about your score.

    Rubric View feedback in the Rubrics.

    Ask personal and technical questions via the Canvas Inbox.

    Ask for computer technical support via the OSU Service Desk.