CompSci 4 is an introductory programming course that teaches fundamental computer science concepts. This version of CompSci 4 uses the tool Alice to create 3-D virtual worlds. You will learn programming constructs such as looping, selection, and data structures, along with how to control objects (raise hands, flap wings, move, turn, spin, walk, etc.).
This is a hands on course. During class we will be writing programs with partners, designing 3-D virtual worlds. Outside of class projects will be done alone, unless otherwise stated.
LAPTOP: If you have your own laptop, bring it to class. It will be much easier to keep all your work on your own laptop. There may be a few laptops you can borrow during class only. We use laptops everyday. For outside of class, Alice is installed on the computer clusters around campus.
CompSci 4 will introduce you to the world of computer science and you will learn how to make impressive animations for your other courses or clubs. CompSci 4 is intended as a non-majors course to give you a feel for programming, while blending in animation concepts. If you want to take a second computer science course after this course, CompSci 4 will prepare you well for CompSci 6, though you could also take CompSci 6 without having CompSci 4. CompSci 6 is also a beginner's course, uses a different programming language (python), focuses more on processing data, and covers programming more in depth with more programming assignments.
If you have taken CompSci 1, you can take this course. If you have taken CompSci 6 or CompSci 100 then you cannot get credit for this course.
Please bring a laptop to class if you have one. Having your own laptop in class will make it easier on you so you will not have to transfer files every day. If you don't have a laptop, we have a few laptops you can borrow during class only.
We will setup consulting hours and office hours, they will be posted on the CompSci 4 web page starting week two of class.
You can also post questions on the course bulletin board. Please try to be explicit as possible (Having trouble setting up your computer, please tell us what type of computer, operating system, etc...).