CSC-105: Introductory Computer Science at Furman
At Furman, every student’s ability to find, manipulate, analyze and
produce information using a variety of sophisticated problem-solving
techniques and computing technologies is a high priority. You have
several options for initiating such a study – through different themes
of the course CSC-105: Introduction to Computer Science. Each
section of the course applies fundamental principles of computing to a
different real world problem. This document gives a brief overview of
the themes for upcoming offerings of CSC-105. For more information,
consult the Furman University Catalogue or contact the Department of
Computer Science at 294-2097.
CSC-105-01 – Business Analytics and Data Mining (with Prof. Peggy Batchelor) –
TR @ 8:30, Lab R @ 2:30
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to business
analytics and data mining. Together these comprise business intelligence
(BI) which refers to the use of the computer to analyze and visualize
complex information for use in business planning and decision making.
We will explore the analysis of new kinds of data such as social media,
machine sensing and clickstream. In addition we will discuss how
organizations use advanced analytics such as sentiment analysis, among
other techniques to better understand their customers and products.
CSC-105-02 – Introduction to Computer Science through Bioinformatics (with Dr. Andrea Tartaro) – TR @ 1 p.m., Lab R @ 2:30
Can Computer Science be used to help solve complex biological problems?
Absolutely! This course will introduce you to the Computer Science
discipline while you use bioinformatics tools and molecular biology
techniques to represent and analyze genetic data. Specifically, we will
analyze the evolution of various breeds of dogs, even your dog! This is a
hands-on course, with time in the biology lab and the computer lab. You
will learn some fundamentals of genetics and molecular biology as well
as broad topics in computer science related to solving biological
problems. Students with and without experience in Biology are welcome!
CSC-105-03 – Topic To Be Posted (with Prof. Bryan Catron) – MWF @ 11:30, Lab W @ 2:30
Description to be posted.
CSC-105-01 – Creativity and Computers (with Dr. Andrea Tartaro) – TR @ 10:00 a.m., Lab W @ 2:30
This course will introduce the field of computer science by looking at how computers can be used as tools for creative expression. What do we need to know about computer science to support creativity? Can technology inspire creativity? Can a computer itself be creative? We will look at various modes of creative expression such as images, sound, creative writing, crafts/diy and the maker movement, games and social interaction.
CSC-105-02 – The Power of Words (with Dr. Tom Allen) – MWF @ 12:30 a.m., Lab M @ 2:30
The written word is humanity's first and greatest information
technology. Today, however, we are flooded with an overwhelming amount
of information -- including textual. Fortunately, text and other symbol
systems have properties that make them ideally suited for computer
The course explores how humans and computers can exploit
their unique talents and abilities to work together to solve a variety
of problems involving text. Applications include intelligent searching,
filtering structured information from unstructured text, building
concordances, data compression, and cryptography.