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ISTE 120 Computational Problem Solving

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    Apr 12, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Learning to program can be difficult, but Java is a great language to start with. ISTE 120 teaches students the basics of programming in Java, which is a popular language used by many companies. By combining lectures with hands-on coding experience, students can master concepts and then apply what they have learned and see the application of their knowledge come to life.

    Course highlights:

    In this course, students first learn the basics of programming; the course starts as though everyone in the class has never programmed before. Then, as the course goes on, students begin to build upon their knowledge, using information they already learned to help with learning new concepts. For instance, once you learn about classes and object, you can learn about interfaces and concepts relating to that such as polymorphism. After learning about data types and arrays, students can learn about 2D arrays and ArrayLists.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    It may seem like a lot, but 6-8 hours may not be enough especially for students who struggle with comprehending concepts or applying them. It is important to understand the information from the lectures but it is most important to be able to apply what has been taught. When going to program, reading the problem at hand carefully is useful. There can be a lot of information there that will guide you. Before sitting down at the computer to starting to code, it can be useful to pseudo-code the solution; in other words, instead of writing Java statements, start with every day language and conceptualize the solution. As the problems get more difficult, knowing how to pick out the right information and pseudo coding the solution becomes more and more useful and important.

    • Fall 2015
    • PeterLutz
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments
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    Oct 19, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because you would gain valuable knowledge which would help you to become a good coder/programmer. The course teaches the fundamentals to programming through Java. It is an intro class and you don't need to have prior programming knowledge but you will learn a lot by the time you complete this class. The labs and homeworks are going to be your best friend in helping you learn more about problem solving.

    Course highlights:

    I had no experience coding prior to this class but in the first 4 weeks I leaned so much that made me feel comfortable while coding. The labs and homeworks was were I focused more because I made mistakes but it helped me learn through them. I learned how to code, debug, solve problem when the code does not work and more. In coding terms, we learned about arrays, loops, conditional statements, methods, accessors, mutators, and more.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    This is not an easy course. You might feel confused by the content but the keys to succeeding in this course would be asking questions, doing your labs and homeworks.

    • Fall 2015
    • Jim Leone
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Meetings Outside of Class
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    May 01, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Really knows his stuff when it comes to learning Java. Very friendly and helpful to students. Lectures can be long and sometimes really content heavy so he gives a 10 minute break halfway through class.

    Course highlights:

    First computing course I've ever taken. I was really nervous that'd I would do terribly but the prof did a really good job explaining all the course content.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Homeworks can take a really long time to do, one took me over 10 hourse of time to figure out on my own. DO NOT wait until last minute to do them. All homeworks and labs are posted online right at the beginning of the course. One homework and one lab due a week, don't wait to start them until last minute. Labs are done in class but look at them outside of class so you know what you're doing when you go in and don't get stuck and not finish.

    • Spring 2016
    • Jeffrey Jockle
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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