CS101 - Introduction to Computing
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Course Category: Computer Science/Information Technology
Course Level: Imdregraduate
Credit Hours: 3
Pre-requisites: N/A

Course Synopsis

This is an introductory course in Computer Science designed for beginners. Apart from leading the participants through a whirlwind history of computing, the course also develops a feel for web programming through a series of lectures that help the students develop their own web page. Main objectives of the course are:
  • To build an appreciation for the fundamental concepts in computing
  • To achieve a beginners proficiency in Web page development
  • To become familiar with popular PC productivity software

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you should be able to understand:
  • Fundamental concepts of computers
  • Various hardware building blocks
  • Components of operating systems
  • The Internet
  • How to make a simple web page
  • Basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and databases

Course Contents

Introduction and Evolution of Computing, Computer Systems and its Components, Computer Hardware and Software, Binary Numbers and Logic Operations, Developing a Web Page using HTML, Operating Systems, JavaScript Interactive forms and Event Handling, Word Processing and Desktop Publishing, Spreadsheets, Developing Presentations, Introduction to Algorithms, Software Development Methodologies, Design Heuristics, Web Design for Usability, Arrays, Computer Networks, Internet Services, Graphics, Images and Animations, Intelligence Systems in computing, Data Management, Database Software, Cyber Crime, Social Implications of Computing, The Future of Computing

Course Related Links

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The Definitive JavaScript Resource
A guide to free scripts, tutorials and resources
A collection of FAQs about World Wide Web
An Introduction to Semantic Web
Microsoft Excel 2007 Tutorial
Advance Java Scripts
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Course Instructor

Dr. Altaf H. Khan
Ph.D. in Engineering
University of Warwick, England

Books

Learn JavaScript in a Weekend by Jerry Lee Ford
Understanding Computers: Today and Tomorrow by Charles S. Parker