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.

FALL 2015
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 – DIY Digital Media (with Prof. Bryan Catron) MWF @ 11:30, Lab W @ 2:30

An exploration of Digital Media including creation, editing, and manipulation of photography, audio, and video in the digital world.


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 processing.
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.

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