Freshman Leap Seminar
Large Group: Physics Room L4
Note that our large sections have moved back to L4 from L2!
Charles Isbell, isbell@cc
224, Technology Square Research Building, 385-6491
Section A, College of Computing 52
Merrick Furst merrick.furst@cc
Ellen Zegura, ewz@cc
Greg Turk turk@cc
Mark Guzdial guzdial@cc
Thad Starner, starner@cc
Janet Kolodner, janet.kolodner@cc
Richard Fujimoto, fujimoto@cc
Alexandra Boldyreva aboldyre@cc
Freshman Leap is a one-credit course that introduces new CS students to a variety of foundational, motivational and topical subjects for the computationalist. This is realized in two ways: a series of introductions on ThreadsTM, the mechanism by which one obtains a BS in CS in the College of Computing; and a series of small group discussions led by one or more faculty members.
There are three primary objectives for the course:
To explore the computing degree in the College of Computing
To expose students to a broad survey of Computing
To introduce students to the resources available to them in the College, including some of the faculty and the academic advisors
The goal, really, is to place the computing degree at Tech in a larger framework of what it means to think like a computationalist and to pursue a career that involves computing. Hopefully, as a result, it is easier to plan for one's experiences in the College.
Due to the nature of this course, grading is relatively simple: participation. Participation requires, at a minimum, attendance. So, you should come to all the meetings. There, that was easy.
You will also find that the experience will be much better for you if you also actively participate in the course. Ask questions, become involved.
Large and Small Sections
Speaking of attendance, you are actually enrolled in a particular section of this course. The sections will meet as a large group nine times this term, and as individual sections the rest of the time.
In the large groups, you will hear about threads and other degree-oriented material, explained by faculty and staff who are experts in each area. In the smaller groups, you will meet with your individual faculty leader and do, well, whatever s/he wants to do. It is a great opportunity to meet with world-class faculty and talk about whatever you want to talk about. Do take advantage of it.
Please look at the schedule often to make sure you know whether you are attending a large or small section. The schedule may change occassionally. In particular, we may have to move around the large and small sections.
I reserve the right to modify any of these plans as need be during the course of the class; however, I won't do anything capriciously, anything I do change won't be too drastic, and you'll be informed as far in advance as possible.