Oregon State University

CS 101: Applications and Implications of Computers

Oregon State University, College of Engineering


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Class starts on Monday, June 22, 2020 and ends on Friday, August 14, 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.

Start on Chapter 1 right away...it will prepare you for the rest of the term.

Follow this path for best results:

  • Weekly Schedule

    Feed the chapter Zoom sessions, office hours, and assignment due dates from the Canvas Calendar to your favoriate online calendar so you stay on track. This is the basic pattern to follow:

    • Monday:
      Attend Zoom sessions to prepare for the chapter assignments. Start the Assignments for the week.
    • Wednesday:
      Submit assignment(s).
    • Thursday:
      Attend Office Hours or Chapter Zoom sessions.
    • Friday: Submit assignments.
    • Sunday: Submit assignments.
  • 🔘 Modules and Chapters

    Be prepared to spend 8 to 14 hours on each chapter. Complete activities in sequence to help you succeed:

    • Objectives
    • + Discussion instructions
    • . Requirements
    • . Reply to a classmate
    • + Skill and writing instructions
    • . Procedures
    • . Ask for Help
    • ◯ Scoring criteria
  • Feedback and Help

    Four ways to communicate:

    Rubric View Assignment feedback in its Rubric.

    Assignment Ask about Rubric Feedback via Grades → Assignment → Comments.

    Ask personal and technical questions via the Canvas Inbox.

    Ask for computer technical support via the OSU Service Desk.