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ERIC Number: ED084889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 14
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An Advanced Sequence of Computer Courses for Humanities Students: The Penn State Program.
Smith, John B.
A series of computer science courses at Pennsylvania State University is designed to meet the needs of undergraduate humanities students who wish to use computers. The first of three integrated courses exposes the student to the range of computer applications in the humanities and teaches him to write nontrivial programs in the PL/1 Programing Language. Instruction is arranged around programing problems; students survey the literature of computer applications and do a design project. The second course concentrates upon teaching students how to break complex tasks into their components. Natural language use is stressed and additional technical information is presented, including matters such as job control language and system utilities. In the third course the student solves a complex problem. He develops a thesis, translates it into operational terms and computational procedures, performs an analysis, interprets the results, and maps the results back to the level from which he began. The sequence has been judged successful since it teaches students both the general techniques of problem-solving and, more specifically, creative, substantive ways to use the computer in the humanities. (PB)
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.