CS 1100
Freshman Leap Seminar
Fall 2008

Th 3-4:00, locations for sections below
Large Group: location CCB 16

Colin Potts, potts@cc
339, Technology Square Research Building, 894-5551
Section A, Molecular Sciences & Engineering 1201a

John Stasko, stasko@cc
342, Technology Square Research Building, 894-5617
Section B, Molecular Sciences and Engineering 1224

Jonathan Giffin, giffin@cc
3140, Klaus Advanced Computing Building, 385-1060
Section C, Molecular Sciences and Engineering 1222

Constantine Dovrolis dovrolis@cc
3346, Klaus Advanced Computing Building, 385-4205
Section D, Sustainable Education 316

Richard Fujimoto, fujimoto@cc
1320, Klaus Advanced Computing Building, 894-5615
Section E, ES&T L1118

Thad Starner, starner@cc
239, Technology Square Research Building, 385-0816
Section F, Howey (Physics) S106

Alex Orso, orso@cc
2342, Klaus Advanced Computing Building, 385-2066
Section G, CCB 16

Merrick Furst merrick.furst@cc
College of Computing Building Building, 894-4223
Section H, CCB 52

Charles Isbell, isbell@cc
224, Technology Square Research Building, 385-6491
Section I, CCB 101

Nate Clark ntclark@cc
2340, Klaus Advanced Computing Building, 385-3302
Section J, Klaus 1456

General Information

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 Threads, 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:

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 ten 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 occasionally. 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.