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Fall 2017-2018
* COS 109 / EGR 109 (QR)   No Audit

Computers in Our World

David P. Dobkin

Computers are all around us. How does this affect the world we live in? This course is a broad introduction to computing technology for humanities and social sciences students. Topics will be drawn from current issues and events, and will include discussion of how computers work; what programming is and why it is hard; how the Internet and the Web work; security and privacy.

Sample reading list:
Brian W. Kernighan, D is for Digital Second Edition

Reading/Writing assignments:
Midterm exam, final exam, lab reports, and problem sets.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 15%
Final Exam - 35%
Lab Reports - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Not intended for science/engineering/mathematics students. May not be taken for credit after COS 126 or higher..

Other information:
This course is meant for humanities and social sciences students who want to understand how the technology works and how it affects the world they live in. No prior experience with computers is assumed. 8 self-scheduled lab exercises. If class is full, email instructor to be placed on waiting list.

Website:  http://www.cs.princeton.edu/courses/archive/fall17/cos109

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20484 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   Green Hall   0-S-6   Enrolled:23 Limit:50