COMPSCI 111G An Introduction to Practical Computing

COMPSCI 111G | ARTS, EDSW, LC | Semester One & Two 2024 | City Campus | 15 points


This course is a dual-purpose course serving both as a General Education paper and as an ordinary Science paper. Students enrol in COMPSCI 111G if they are taking the paper as a General Education paper, otherwise they enrol in COMPSCI 111. The course has no prerequisites and does not require any special skills. By the end of the course, students should be able to navigate successfully in a Computer Science environment.

Although the paper is not a core Computer Science paper, it is a recommended paper for all students as it equips students with a broad range of skills that will be useful in their future studies and careers. Topics include website design, hardware, software, Internet, programming, word processing, spreadsheets, LaTeX typesetting, AI and Digital Game Design as well as many other Computer Science related topics, many of which are not covered in our other courses. The contents of the course (particularly the labs) help to boost the number of skills that students are able to list on their CV’s.

Restriction: Cannot be taken with or after COMPSCI 210, 220, 230

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use personal computers with confidence.
  2. Write simple computer programs.
  3. Create an artifact in some common applications, e.g. spreadsheets, word processing, databases.
  4. Understand the structure of the Internet and its social issues, as well as other types of networks.
  5. Design and create a simple web page.
  6. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the origins and design of computing hardware and software.
  7. Demonstrate a basic understanding of selected set of current research topics in Computer Science.

Student Feedback

'Thank you for an awesome semester... it was the most enjoyable course I enrolled in.'

'This course has really let me explore many computer applications that I didn't even know existed.'

'Overall, this paper is the best paper I've taken so far.'

'I really appreciated the attitude of both the lecturer and the tutor. They were always pleasant to deal with and showed a great amount of interest and willingness to help. I would definitely recommend COMPSCI 111G as a paper to be taken!'

'I learnt a lot of things that I'll put on my CV and will definitely use in the future.'

'It taught me really useful skills that I could use in my future studies.'

'Good tutors, very helpful!! Excellent instructions on handouts. Had a great time during labs.'

'It is simply fantastic. I enjoyed every aspect of this course.'

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