Introductory Computer Science @ Harvey Mudd College
In 2005, we perceived a need to update our traditional
Java-based CS1 course. Our goals were to design an
introductory curriculum that would (1) develop programming and
problem-solving skills useful across engineering, mathematics, and the
natural sciences, (2) attract (a more diverse group of) students to
continue with CS, and (3) provide a coherent, intellectually compelling
picture of CS, even as final CS course.
This page provides information about our new CS1 course, nicknamed CS for Scientists,
as well as about other our other efforts to develop engaging
introductory CS curriculum.
This material is based in part upon work supported by the National
Science Foundation under Grant No. CNS-0939149. It is part of our CPATH
project entitled "Modular CS1 from the inside out." A summary
of this project can be found
Biology: Crossdisciplinary physical computing atop the Arduino.
J. Grasel, W. Vonnegut, and Z. Dodds. In Proceedings, AAAI Spring
Symposium on Educational Robotics and Beyond: Design and Evaluation,
pp.14 -19, Palo Alto, CA, March 22-24, 2010.
CS1 is Biology1: Crossdisciplinary collaboration as CS
Z. Dodds, R. Libeskind-Hadas, and E. Bush. Proceedings, ITiCSE '10:
Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science
Education. June 28-30, 2010, Ankara, Turkey. ACM Press.
- Women in CS: An Evaluation of
Three Promising Practices. Christine Alvarado
Dodds. In Proceedings of SIGCSE 2010. March 10–13,
2010, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- Evaluating a Breadth-First CS 1
for Scientists. Zach
Dodds, Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Christine Alvarado, Geoff
Kuenning. In Proceedings of SIGCSE 2008.
CS 1 for Scientists: Curriculum and Assessment, Zach
Dodds, Christine Alvarado, Geoff
Kuenning, Ran Libeskind-Hadas. In Proc. of the 12th
on Innovation in
Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2007). 2007.
Resources for Instructors and Course web pages
We are also working with several partner schools to co-develop an
adapted version of our CS1 course. As these courses are run,
we will post links to courses pages below. For now
we provide general links to each partner school.
- CS for Scientists and Engineers
A working draft of a textbook to accompany the CS for Scientists course.
- CS 5 assignment page
This page provides a link to assignments from different versions of
CS5. It includes assignments for the different modules in the
course, showcasing different application areas in science and
5: Web Development Theme
A link to a version of CS5 that uses Web Development as its application
theme. This version of the course is currently under
development and will be offered in the Fall of 2010 at Claremont
5 ("CS for Scientists"): Fall 2009
The "original" version of CS 5, from its most recent offering at HMC.
- CS5 from previous semesters:
6/7: Fall 2009/Spring 2010
A Biology themed version of CS5, from its most recent offering at HMC.
60 (HMC's CS2): Fall 2009 (you can find other
semesters by modifying the URL appropriately)
HMC's second semester CS course that immediately follows CS5.
We will more information specific to this project as it develops.
The intro CS team at HMC is led by Christine Alvarado
Zach Dodds (email@example.com),
Geoff Kuenning (firstname.lastname@example.org),
and Ran Libeskind-Hadas (email@example.com).
Please feel free to contact any of us with questions.