Introduction to Academics in Computer Science

Course number: 
CIS 1001
Fall 2016


This course does not require the purchase of a textbook.
However, for those interested in reading more about the digital age, you might want to consider this book: Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen and Harry Lewis, Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion, Addison-Wesley, 2008.
Purchase of this book is strictly voluntary, and is not required in order to succeed with this course.
Topics covered: 
This course provides an introduction to the field of computing. It features weekly presentations and discussions with guest lecturers from the Temple academic community, and also various industry experts. Each week will focus on a particular topic of contemporary interest, and is intended to reflect the highly inter-disciplinary nature of the field. Potential career opportunities, including internships, will also be discussed.
Course goals: 
  • Introduce students to the Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) department at Temple -- e.g., the curriculum, the key players, the opportunities.
  • Provide students with a "bird's eye view" of the inter-disciplinary nature of the world of computers and information systems. Introduce students to topics of contemporary interest in the world of CIS.
  • Provide opportunities for students to establish contacts with industry representatives.
  • Enable students to further polish the critical analysis, synthesis, and communication skills necessary for success.
  • Provide students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the various educational technology tools available at Temple -- e.g., Blackboard, course web site, etc.
Attendance policy: 
Attendance to all meetings of the class is mandatory
Attendance is 50% of the overall course grade
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities: 
Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a documented disability, including special accommodations for access to technology resources and electronic instructional materials required for the course, should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation by the end of the second week of classes or as soon as practical. If you have not done so already, please contact Disability Resources and Services (DRS) at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to learn more about the resources available to you. I will work with DRS to coordinate reasonable accommodations for all students with documented disabilities. (
Student and Faculty Academic Rights and Responsibilities: 
Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The University has a policy on Student and Faculty and Academic Rights and Responsibilities (Policy #03.70.02) which can be accessed through the following

It is your responsibility to be aware of, and comply with, all university standards as regards academic honesty.  Here's a corresponding web site for your reference:
You also need to understand and utilize the proper way to cite sources and utilize reference materials.  There are many sites for proper APA or MLA citing - either is acceptable for this class.  If you are not familiar with how to do this, you can get useful information from the Temple Writing Center or at: