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Title: School of Computer and Information Sciences


1
School of Computer and Information
Sciences http//www.cis.usouthal.edu/ Freshman
Orientation Summer 2006
2
AGENDA
  • Presentation and Handouts
  • Sign one of the Advising Block Removal Sheets
  • Handouts
  • Slides
  • Laptop Policy
  • Specialization Check Sheets
  • Presentation
  • The People
  • What you need to know about
  • Advising/Scheduling/Registration
  • Contacts

3
Administration
School of CIS Main Office is in FCW 20
Staff
Michael Doran Coordinator-Com Science Computer
Engineering
4
School of CIS Faculty
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5
Academics in the School of CIS
6
Computer Science
What is Computer Science all about?What kind of
projects do Computer Science majors work on?
7
Information Systems
What is Information Systems all about?What kind
of projects do Information Systems majors work on?
8
Information Technology
What is Information Technology all about?What
kind of projects do Information Technology majors
work on?
9
What you should know aboutthe Laptop Ownership
Policy
  • From the Bulletin All students enrolling in any
    undergraduate or graduate courses offered by the
    School of CIS except for CIS 110, CIS 150, CIS
    210, CIS 211, CIS 227, CIS 250 and CIS 500, are
    required to own a personal laptop computer system
    that conforms to the current School minimum
    published standards. This is a one-student
    one-machine requirement.
  • Specifications (minimums are given below)
  • Processor Intel Pentium 4 or Celeron 2.8 GHz,
    Intel Pentium-M 1.6 GHz, or AMD Athlon XP 2400
  • Hard Drive 40 GB or greater
  • CD ROM 24X or greater, CD-RW recommended
  • RAM 256 MB minimum, 512 MB recommended
  • Network Wired Ethernet 10BaseT required,
    Wireless 802.11b/g required
  • (built-in or via PC Card adapter.) The School of
    CIS has a wireless 802.11G network.
  • Modem 56K V.90
  • Cabling Phone and Ethernet patch cables
  • Wet ports to connect to campus networks will be
    available for student use at many locations on
    campus
  • Students may wish to add other equipment to their
    system.
  • A laptop case
  • A USB key drive as an alternate means of moving
    large files can be very useful too.
  • A printer
  • An external USB floppy disk drive some
    ultra-portable laptops lack a built-in one.

10
Math for CIS Majors is Important!
  • Is required of all CIS majors
  • Information Systems and Information Technology
    majors
  • MA 120 Survey of Calculus or
  • MA 267, Discrete Mathematics
  • Computer Science majors must complete
  • MA 267, Discrete Mathematics
  • MA 125-126, Calculus I II
  • Is used for placement in CIS programming courses
  • CIS 115
  • Math Placement Score of 65-74
  • CIS 120
  • Math Placement Score gt75 or
  • Completion of MA 112 and CIS 115

MA 110 is NOT an acceptable Math Courses for ANY
CIS Major!
11
Overview of Beginning CIS Courses
No Math Prerequisites
CIS 101
CIS 100
Math Prerequisites
CIS 115
MPS 65-74
CIS 120
MPS gt 75 Or (CIS 115 and MH 112)
FRESHMAN
CIS 121
ALL CIS Majors
12
What you should know about beginning School of
CIS courses
  • CIS 100 Information Technology in Societyyou
    will learn more about
  • The role of Information Technology in Society
  • Your professional and ethical responsibilities in
    Society
  • Legal issues in computing
  • Required of all Students
  • CIS 101 CIS Freshman Year Experienceyou will
    learn more about
  • the University of South Alabama
  • studying and managing your time effectively
  • what assistance is available to students
  • more about the three CIS majors Computer
    Science, Information Systems, and Information
    Technology
  • Required of all Beginning Freshmen
  • After completing CIS 101 you will be expected to
    make a choice of CIS major

13
What you should know about beginning School of
CIS courses
  • CIS 115 Introduction to Computer and Information
    Sciencesyou will learn
  • how to use a computer to solve problems
  • how to how to represent your computer-based
    solutions using graphical diagrams
  • document your computer-based solutions
  • how to implement your computer-based solutions
    using a programming language
  • simple concepts of Object Oriented Programming
  • Prerequisite is a Math Placement score of at
    least 65 but not more than 75.
  • You will need a laptop for this class
  • This course is only for students whose math
    placement score is less than 75.

14
What you should know about beginning School of
CIS courses
  • CIS 120, Problem Solving Programming Concepts
    I You will learn how to
  • use a compiler and its debugging tools
  • write programs involving sequence, loop, and
    decision to solve problems
  • use simple and aggregate data structures
  • make estimations of efficiency for simple
    algorithms
  • prepare simple classes for object-oriented
    applications
  • Prerequisite is a Math Placement score of at
    least 75 or (MA 112 and CIS 115).
  • You will need a laptop for this class

15
What you should know about beginning School of
CIS courses
  • CIS 121, Problem Solving Programming Concepts
    II You will learn how to
  • design solutions to complex problems using
    abstraction
  • design applications using new classes from
    existing classes
  • write file management applications
  • use dynamic data structures such as lists,
    stacks, queues in problem solving
  • create event-driven applications and applets
  • use testing strategies to thoroughly test
    algorithms
  • Prerequisite is CIS 121
  • You will need a laptop for this class

16
What you should know about Advising
  • Advising is about making big decisions
  • Which semester should a course be taken?
  • What are some good supporting electives for your
    special interests
  • Advising is mandatory
  • Involves consultation with a knowledgeable guide
  • Spring advising occurs during the Fall semester
  • Summer Fall advising occurs during the Spring
    Semester
  • Registration blocks are set automatically each
    semester

Your first advising experience is tomorrow at
100 pm!
17
What you should know aboutExtra-curricula
activities
  • Universityget involved with university life and
    student organizations
  • About the SGA
  • Help from CIS Senator
  • Professional Activities
  • Professional Organizationsget involved in the
    Student Chapter of the Association of Computing
    Machinery (ACM)

18
Contact Us!Main Office Phone (251) 460-6390
  • Email
  • Dean David L. Feinstein
  • dfeinstein_at_usouthal.edu
  • Computer Science Michael Doran
  • mdoran_at_usouthal.edu
  • Information Systems or Graduate Program Roy
    Daigle
  • rdaigle_at_usouthal.edu
  • Information Technology
  • William Owen
  • wowen_at_usouthal.edu
  • Web
  • School of Computer and Information Sciences
  • http//www.cis.usouthal.edu
  • University of South Alabama http//www.usouthal.ed
    u or http//www.southalabama.edu

19
ORIENTATION QUIZ!
  • Who is the Dean?
  • Answer Dr. David Feinstein
  • How many majors are there in CIS?
  • Answer 3
  • In which course do you learn about the university
    and the majors?
  • Answer CIS 101
  • What is the math placement score needed to get
    into the first programming course?
  • Answer 75
  • Who do you see if you have a problem?
  • Answer Ms. Thompson
  • What math course is required of all CIS majors?
  • Answer MA 267
  • In which course do you learn about professional
    ethics?
  • Answer CIS 100
  • In which course do you learn about
    problem-solving?
  • Answer ALL CIS courses
  • What is the name of the student professional
    organization?
  • AnswerACM
  • What must you do before registering for courses?
  • Answer Be ADVISED
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