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Breadth-First CS 1 for Scientists Zachary Dodds, Christine Alvarado, Geoff Kuenning, Ran Libeskind-Hadas
 

Summary: Breadth-First CS 1 for Scientists
Zachary Dodds, Christine Alvarado, Geoff Kuenning, Ran Libeskind-Hadas
Harvey Mudd College Computer Science Department
301 Platt Boulevard
Claremont, CA 91711
909-607-1813
{dodds, alvarado, geoff, hadas}@cs.hmc.edu
ABSTRACT
This paper describes an introductory CS course designed to
provide future scientists with a one-semester overview of the
discipline. The course takes a breadth-first approach that
leverages its students' interest and experience in science,
mathematics, and engineering. In contrast to many other styles of
CS 1, this course does not presume that its students will study
more computer science, but it does seek to prepare them should
they choose to do so. In addition to describing the curriculum and
resources, we summarize our preliminary assessments of this
course and a comparison with the more traditional, imperative-
first introduction it replaced. The data thus far suggest that this CS
for Scientists course improves our students' understanding of CS,

  

Source: Alvarado, Christine - Computer Science Department, Harvey Mudd College

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences