Introductory Courses

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 page 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 2020

CSC-105-01 – Creativity and Computers (with Dr. Andrea Tartaro)
TR @ 1:00 p.m., Lab M @ 4:30

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 Making and Breaking of Ciphers (with Dr. Ken Abernethy)
TR @ 8:30 a.m., Lab W @ 2:30

Ciphers and secret codes have fascinated and intrigued humans for many centuries, and have had important impacts in our history from the simple ciphers used to deliver secret messages during Greek and Roman times, to the crucial role breaking the German Enigma machine had in World War II,  to the latest ciphers that enable e-commerce over the Internet.

This course explores cryptography, the art and science of enciphering and deciphering messages using secret codes and ciphers, and the important role of computer software in devising and breaking modern ciphers. Utilizing a simple programming language, students will create programs for algorithms that implement several historically important ciphers, and devise corresponding computer programs that break these ciphers.

CSC-105-03 – Assistive/Accessible Technologies (with Dr. Paula Gabbert)
MWF @ 10:30 a.m., Lab R @ 2:30

This course surveys topics in computer science through the lens of persons with disabilities. Technology can both hinder and assist disabilities and this course will explore both perspectives while investigating the core concepts of computing including computer architecture, operating systems, data storage, networks, algorithms, and software development. Specific assistive technologies will be demonstrated during hands-on lab activities. The course is multidisciplinary, introducing key legal guidelines for accessible technology, social issues related to community and exclusion resulting from inaccessible technology, and global issues surrounding accessible technologies.

SPRING 2021

CSC-105-01 – The Making and Breaking of Ciphers (with Dr. Ken Abernethy)
MWF @ 11:30 a.m., Lab T @ 3:00 (Online)

CSC-105-02 – The Making and Breaking of Ciphers (with Dr. Ken Abernethy)
MWF @ 10:20 a.m., Lab R @ 3:00 (Online)

Ciphers and secret codes have fascinated and intrigued humans for many centuries, and have had important impacts in our history from the simple ciphers used to deliver secret messages during Greek and Roman times, to the crucial role breaking the German Enigma machine had in World War II, to the latest ciphers that enable e-commerce over the Internet.

This course explores cryptography, the art and science of enciphering and deciphering messages using secret codes and ciphers, and the important role of computer software in devising and breaking modern ciphers. Utilizing a simple programming language, students will create programs for algorithms that implement several historically important ciphers, and devise corresponding computer programs that break these ciphers.