The Computer as an Intellectual Tool
Prof. Janice T. Searleman
Center 375 268-2377
Office Hours: Monday, Friday
10:00 am -- 12:00 pm
1:00 pm -- 2:00 pm
Texts & Software:
Internet 101: A Beginner's Guide to the
Internet and the World Wide Web, by Wendy G. Lehnert, Addison-Wesley,
Engineer's Toolkit: Microsoft Excel,
Maple V, Select Edition, Addison-Wesley, 1997.
Select Lab Series: Projects for Microsoft
PowerPoint 97, by Toliver & Johnson,
The software we will be using for the course includes Netscape
Communicator, Microsoft Office '97 (Word, Excel and Powerpoint), MAPLE
V, and JAVA. All of this software is available on the Clarkson network.
As students in HP100 you are
encouraged to learn from each other and help each other understand the
course material. Teach each other and exchange ideas, but be ethical
-- don't copy or modify an assignment or project which isn't yours, or
allow another student to copy your work.
Attendance is required, and you are responsible
for all material discussed in class and in the reading assignments.
Class participation is highly encouraged.
Some assignments will be designated as team
assignments; however each member of the team will be assessed individually.
; An assignment which is not specifically stated to be a team assignment
is expected to be your own work.
This course is intended to provide a broad understanding of
computer technology and the impact of computers on our lives. Students will
acquire competence in using computer tools in a hands-on, team-oriented
setting, and use these tools for solving problems relevant to their major.
- To explore how the computer as a tool directs the acquisition
and flow of knowledge,
- to heighten awareness of the computer as a tool for
problem-solvin g in the student's career at Clarkson and beyond, and
- to provide information that would serve as a foundation
for future computer applications
Course topics are subdivided into six semi-autonomous modules.
For each module, teams of two to three students each will be formed. Each
team is expected to complete a project for the module, and to give a presentation
of their project in class. In addition, individual work will be required
in some modules. Throughout the course, students will be assigned outside
readings, and are expected to be prepared for class discussions.