|Office hours||Tuesday 9:30am - 11:00am|
|Lecture||Monday/Wednesday 2:40pm - 4:00pm|
|Open Lab||Thursday 9:30am - 11:00am Park Room 231 (Computer Science Lab)|
Course Description: An introduction to the nature, subject matter and branches of computer science as an academic discipline, and the nature, development, coding, testing, documenting and analysis of the efficiency and limitations of algorithms. Also includes the social context of computing (risks, liabilities, intellectual property and infringement).
|1||Jan 21||Introduction||For Monday do: https://www.processing.org/tutorials/gettingstarted/
After completing the tutorial, read Chapter 1 (Read pages 1-12, glance at 12-32)
|Processing Step 1|
|2||Jan 26||Drawing Sketches||Assignment1||Jan26, Chapter 2|
|3||Feb 2||Objects||Assignment2||Feb2, Feb4, Chapter 3|
|4||Feb 9||Study in Spirographics||Assignment3||Chapter 4|
|Feb 11||Bouncing Ball to Angry Birds||Chapter 5|
|5||Feb 16||Visualization, part 1||Assignment4|
|Feb 18||Visualization, part 2|
|6||Feb 23||Genetic Algorithm||Work on Collecting Data, Visualization||Chapter 5|
|Feb 25||Visualization, part 3|
|7||Mar 2||Review||Chapter 1 - 5|
|Mar 4||Exam #1||Covers Chapter 1 - 5|
|8||Mar 9||Spring Break!|
|9||Mar 16||Object Oriented Programming||Assignment5||Install Processing, Chapter 1; Read Chapter 6. Rag Dolls and Tapestries|
|10||Mar 23||Object Oriented Programming, continued||Assignment6||Termites, Infectious Diseases|
|Mar 25||OOP Practice||See Chapter 6 for discussion of OOP|
|11||Mar 30||State and Perspective||Assignment7||See Chapter 11 for discussion of Projection|
|Apr 1||Sorting||See Chapter 5 (apge 158) and Chapter 7 (page 252) for discussions of sorting|
|12||Apr 6||Robot control||Robot.pde, World.pde, Hit.pde: Assignment 8||Additional notes on Sorting, Java, and Tutor|
|Apr 8||Image Processing||Assignment 9||Robot Practice, Chapter 9 and Chapter 10 (Convolution, page 390)|
|13||Apr 13||Vision and Images||Photoshop-like Functions||Chapter 10|
|14||Apr 20||What is Computer Science?||Tie up loose ends|
|15||Apr 27||Review||Jeopardy!||Chapters 1 - 5, 6, 9 - 11|
|Apr 29||Exam||Chapters 1 - 5, 6, 9 - 11|
Processing: Creative Coding & Generative Art in Processing 2 by Ira Greenberg, Dianna Xu, Deepak Kumar, Friends of ed, 2013. Available at the Campus Bookstore. Also at amazon for \$40.94 A Kindle eBook is available for those comfortable learning from an eBook (Amazon price is \$20.00). The Bryn Mawr Bookstore price is $44.99.
Processing Software (This software is already installed in the Computer Science Lab). The software is also available for your own computer from Processing web site (http://www.processing.org). Download the latest stable 2.X version for your own computer/Operating System.
Attendance and active participation are expected in every class. Participation includes asking questions, contributing answers, proposing ideas, and providing constructive comments.
As you will discover, we are proponents of two-way communication and we welcome feedback during the semester about the course. We are available to answer student questions, listen to concerns, and talk about any course-related topic (or otherwise!). Come to office hours! This helps us get to know you. You are welcome to stop by and chat. There are many more exciting topics to talk about that we won't have time to cover in-class.
Although computer science work can be intense, please stay in touch with us, particularly if you feel stuck on a topic or project and can't figure out how to proceed. Often a quick e-mail, phone call or face-to-face conference can reveal solutions to problems and generate renewed creative and scholarly energy. It is essential that you begin assignments early, since we will be covering a variety of challenging topics in this course.
There will be about seven assignments, weighted equally in the final grading. Assignments must be submitted according to the Assignment Submission instructions. You should pay careful attention to the Code Formatting Standards and Grading Policy when doing your assignments. The grading structure for individual assignments is broken down in the Grading Policy.
At the end of the semester, final grades will be calculated as a weighted average of all grades according to the following weights:
Incomplete grades will be given only for verifiable medical illness or other such dire circumstances.
All work must be turned in either in hard-copy or electronic submission, depending on the instructions given in the assignment. E-mail submissions, when permitted, should request a "delivery receipt" to document time and date of submission. Extensions will be given only in the case of verifiable medical excuses or other such dire circumstances, if requested in advance and supported by your Academic Dean.
No assignment will be accepted after it is past due.
No past work can be "made up" after it is due.
There will be two exams in this course. The exams will be closed-book and closed-notes. The exams will cover material from lectures, homeworks, and assigned readings (including topics not discussed in class).
We encourage you to discuss the material and work together to understand it. Here are our thoughts on collaborating with other students:
If you have any questions as to what types of collaborations are allowed, please feel free to ask.