Computer and Information Science
Department of Computer and Information Science
CORC 1312: Computing: Nature, Power, and Limits
3 hours, 3 credits.
The nature, power and limits of the
computer and computing.The components of
the computer. Information representation. Computer networks, the Internet, and
the World Wide Web. The nature of algorithms, problem-solving, and computer
programming. Feasibility and computability. Computer and network security and privacy.
(Not open to students who are enrolled in,
or have completed, any course in Computer and Information Science, other than
CISC 1050, numbered 1000 or higher with a grade of C or higher, or who have completed
CC 3.12, Core Studies 5 or 5.1.)
Common Goals Addressed by Core Course:
- To develop the ability to think critically and creatively, to reason logically, and to reason
quantitatively - includes OARM Goal 16.
- To understand the development and workings of modern societies in an
interdependent world - includes OARM Goal 6.
- To acquire the tools that are required to understand and respect the natural universe -
includes OARM Goal 5.
- To understand what knowledge is and how it is acquired by the use of differing methods in
different disciplines - includes OARM Goal 17.
- To produce informed and responsible citizens - includes OARM Goal 8.
- To establish a foundation for life-long learning and the potential for leadership -
includes OARM Goal 30.
- Students will be able to describe the nature, power and limits of information technology -
from OARM Goal 16.
- Students will be able to explain the structure of the Internet and the
World Wide Web and the roles of the fundamental protocols that drive them -
from OARM Goal 6 & 16 knowledge goal.
- Students will be able to create simple Web pages, including interactive
elements - from OARM Goal 6 & 16 knowledge goal.
- Students will be able to identify basic components of the computer,
describe their function, describe the different forms of data and how they are
represented, and describe how data flows among the different parts of the
computer - from OARM Goal 6 & 16 knowledge goal.
- Students will be able to define "algorithm,” provide algorithms for
solving simple problems, and explain the process by which algorithms are
rendered executable by a program - from OARM Goal 5 & 16, the knowledge goal.
- Students will be able to identify some problems that are not feasible
and/or computable - from Goal 5 & 16, the knowledge goal.
- Students will be able to explain criteria for evaluating data and their
sources - from OARM Goal 17.
- Students will be able to describe plagiarism and how to avoid it and to make
determination regarding their personal online privacy and security -
from OARM Goal 8, the knowledge goal.
- Students will be able to demonstrate personal responsibility and
forthrightness in principle and action - from OARM Goal 30.
Outcomes for this Core Course:
- Students describe the nature, power and limits of information technology through their
writing, oral presentation, and/or computing experiments
- Students create computer-based solutions to problems through the use of Web-based
- Students create simple Web pages, including interactive elements.
- Students identify basic components of the computer, describe their function, describe
the different forms of data and how they are represented, and describe how data
flows among the different parts of the computer.
- Students write simple programs to solve a problem described in English.
- Students identify some problems that are not feasible and/or computable.
- Given a topic, students will research the topic on the Web and determine which
sources have higher significance and authority.
- Students identify cases of plagiarism.
- Students complete assignments within the designated time.
Methods of Assessment:
- Students are asked if certain problems do or do not lend themselves to solution by
- Students will be asked to find the answer to a question using the Web, and document
their search for the solution.
- Students are asked to create simple Web pages, including interactive elements.
- Students are asked to identify basic components of the computer, describe their
function, describe the different forms of data and how they are represented,
and describe how data flows among the different parts of the computer.
- Students are asked to write simple programs to solve a problem described in English.
- Students are asked whether a specific problem is computable and/or feasible.
- Given a topic, students will be asked to research the topic on the Web and determine
which Web sources they find have higher significance and authority.
- Students are presented with a Web site and a paragraph on material from the site, and
are asked if the paragraph constitutes an example of plagiarism.
- Students will be given assignments with definite due dates, and the timeliness and
completion level of the assignments will be evaluated.
|1||Introduction to Computer Science; algorithms; programs
||Intro to use of computers for subject matter to follow;
Windows; Web; Email |
|2||Networks; LANs; WANS; TCP/IP
||URLs; IP addresses; DNS names; tracert |
||HTML I - source file vs. browser display; basic tags;
ordered and unordered lists|
|4||Computer languages; compilation process
||HTML II - links; images; tables|
|5||data representation; storage devices
||data representation; searching on the web; plagiarism |
||History of Computer Science; online tour of "virtual museum"
variables and expressions|
|8||Using predefined functions; introduction to
simple responses to events|
|9||Machine architecture; stored program concept
||Architecture simulation lab |
|10||Writing user-defined functions
|11||Unsolvability and nonfeasibility; halting problem
|13||Security and privacy
||E-commerce; cookies; secure transactions|
|14||Encryption ||PGP encryption and digital signatures
Method of Evaluation
The course grade will be based on assignments and participation (33%), midterm
examinations (2 at 17% each), and a final examination (33%).
Pearson Custom, Computer Science: CORC 1312, Computing: Nature, Power and Limits,
Brooklyn College, Pearson Custom Publishing, 2010, ISBN # 0558728207.
Brookshear, Computer Science: An Overview, 7th edition,
Addison Wesley, 2002.
Comer,The Internet Book, 3rd edition,Prentice-Hall, 2000.
Lehnert, Web 101, 2nd edition, Addison Wesley, 2000.
Rawlins, Slaves of the Machine, MIT Press, 1997.
Reed, A Balanced INtroduction to Computer Science, 2nd edition,
Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.
Snyder, Fluency with Information Technology: Skills, Concepts, and Capabilities,
4th edition, Addison Wesley, 2011.
Walker, The Limits of Computing, Jones and Bartlett, 1994.
Substitutions for BC students:
CISC 1110 or CIS 3110
Substitutions for transfer students:
3 transfer credits in Computer and Information Science courses, except for the following:
Computer and Information Science, CISC 1050, 1590, 2531, 2810 or 2210.