First Year NAU CS


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What to Expect Your First Year as an NAU Computer Science Major. Presented to the NAU ACM Club and the Computer Science Learning Community students. Tone is very casual.

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  • *The Science *Not just fixing computers or programming (WAAAAAAY COOLER) *Applied/Theoretical *Enslaving Computers to our Own Devious Ends
  • CS126: Object-Oriented Programming (Learning Java & CS Thought Process) CS136: Object-Oriented Design (File I/O, Java Libraries, Exceptions, Recursion) CS249: Puttin’ the Science into Computer Science. Opens all doors. (Stacks, Trees, Queues) CS200: The Applied Hardware Connection, How to Program in Assembly. (What the computer’s actually doing and how). CS301: How to not be evil. Why you should practice high development standards. Circle of Trust. CS315: The Theory of Computation. (State machines, CS math & parsing) CS386: How to develop in a Professional Environment (Project Management in Teams, Documentation) CS396: Prince. Differences in Programming Languages (also intro to Scheme which will blow your mind). CS421: Algorithms THE MATH OF CS. (P/NP, Asymptotic Running Times, Big-O, Designing & Testing Computer Algorithms) CS480: How to write your own OS in C++! CS486: How to do what people tell you. (Big Capstone Project)
  • First Year NAU CS

    1. 1. First-Year Computer Science Computer Science <ul><li>The NAU ACM Club </li></ul>
    2. 2. What’s CS? <ul><li>Computer Science </li></ul><ul><li>How a computer thinks </li></ul><ul><li>How to tell a computer to solve your problem </li></ul><ul><li>The math behind how a computer solves your problem </li></ul><ul><li>Designing systems that help the computer and you </li></ul>
    3. 3. What can I do with a degree in Computer Science? <ul><li>Software Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Network Administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Security Analyst </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific Computing </li></ul><ul><li>Researcher </li></ul><ul><li>Web Developer </li></ul><ul><li>Game Developer </li></ul><ul><li>Haxxor </li></ul>
    4. 4. What classes am I going to need to take? <ul><li> </li></ul>
    5. 5. What classes am I going to need to take? <ul><li>CS126: Computer Science I </li></ul><ul><li>CS136: Computer Science II </li></ul><ul><li>CS249: Data Structures </li></ul><ul><li>CS200: Computer Organization </li></ul><ul><li>CS301: Ethics of CS </li></ul><ul><li>CS315: Automata Theory </li></ul><ul><li>CS386: Software Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>CS396: Principles of Languages </li></ul><ul><li>CS421: Algorithms </li></ul><ul><li>CS480: Operating Systems </li></ul><ul><li>CS486: Capstone </li></ul>
    6. 6. The NAU Computer Science Faculty
    7. 7. Abe Pralle <ul><li>Take advantage of his early points! Up to 20% Extra Credit! Turn in projects early! </li></ul><ul><li>Abe rewards above and beyond effort with extra points - if you do something peculiar in addition to your project (Make a cool GUI, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>The Big “Game Guru”: Teaches Virtual Worlds, Game Production </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote his own language dedicated to gaming: Slag (Also teaches Compilers) </li></ul><ul><li>Resident Vim Ninja: Will blow your mind with his vim ninjaness. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Dr. James Palmer <ul><li>Read the Textbook Chapter Pre-Lecture: Dr. P loves to talk about related stories that require prior knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Bring your questions about the chapter to class with you. </li></ul><ul><li>Lectures to the most intelligent students without prompt - stop him with questions! </li></ul><ul><li>Researching Ecoinformatics Visualization Techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Loves Voronoi Diagrams! </li></ul><ul><li>Resident emacs aficionado. </li></ul><ul><li>ACM’s Daddy </li></ul>
    9. 9. Dr. Eck Doerry <ul><li>Dr. D loves to ask you randomly in class to define vocabulary from the lectures & textbook: Be sure you know these concepts. Know your vocab! </li></ul><ul><li>Take Good Notes in his Classes: He talks above and beyond the topics in the textbook. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan to devote 15+ hours on Projects and Focus on Requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Check for user input errors: He will actively try to break your program. </li></ul><ul><li>Big Interfaces Guy: Seriously into GUIs & Functional Programming. </li></ul><ul><li>Head Honcho: Computer Science Chair </li></ul>
    10. 10. Dr. Dieter Otte <ul><li>Dr. Otte is BIG on Presentations! Be sure to purchase Powerpoint or Keynote before his class! </li></ul><ul><li>Again on Presentations, make sure you know the chapter well enough to present on it. *Read the Chapter* </li></ul><ul><li>Follow directions (Pet Peeve) & Don’t miss deadlines. </li></ul><ul><li>Big XML & Web Guru: Focuses on Web Services. </li></ul><ul><li>Big RUP (Rational Unified Process) d00d. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Dr. Dan Li <ul><li>She loves Algorithms & Processes: Be sure you know them in detail. </li></ul><ul><li>Detail-oriented: Know the nitty-gritty of anything she talks about in class. </li></ul><ul><li>“Be the Computer”: Be sure you can process input just as a computer would for every algorithm - know the steps in detail for any input. </li></ul><ul><li>Researching topics in Data Mining </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches Information Retrieval class (Google, Yahoo! Web Searching Techniques) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Dr. Kefei Wang <ul><li>Know your tables: OSI Layers, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Press for Feedback: Go to his office hours and ask him about previous projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Tests are almost entirely made up of Quiz Questions: Study those carefully! </li></ul><ul><li>Currently doing research in Computer Networks & Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Big C++ Faculty Member on Campus </li></ul>
    13. 13. How to Take a CS Class in General... <ul><li>Think about how long a project is going to take you (overestimate this). </li></ul><ul><li>Now double that number. And plan accordingly. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, *ASK FOR HELP* It helps to even bounce ideas off a rubber ducky. </li></ul><ul><li>ACM Lounge: There are always CS upper-classmen in Room 105. Swing by anytime, even 10:00 PM :) </li></ul><ul><li>Good Luck! </li></ul>