Introduction to Science and Technology

Fabian Fischer
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2022W, Lecture and Discussion (VD), 3.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04479

Description

Introduction to Information Technology

This course provides a first introduction to information technology (IT). It does so on two levels: First, students will learn the basics of programming, algorithms and data structures in the programming language python. 

Second, the complex connections of the contemporary digital sphere get explored, covering topics such as client/server architecture, the use and basic workings of cryptography, service architectures, networking, and more in a basic manner. To tame this complexity, students will unravel these complexities starting from a mundane, everyday activity.

The two levels get combined by creating a (basic) visualisation of the unravelling network and its connections.

Examination Modalities

30 % active participation in class

10 % active participation online between classes

30 % contribution of code to the course project Tracing IT

30 % research for the course project Tracing IT

Comments

Students from other study programs or other universities are welcome, provided the room capacity permits.

Dates

04 October 2022, 09:15–11:45 CDS Lecture Room , "Introduction: What is programming and information technology?" (preliminary discussion)
12 October 2022, 09:15–11:45 CDS Lecture Room , "Getting started: IDE, variables and data types"
19 October 2022, 09:15–11:45 CDS Lecture Room , "Program flow: Conditionals and loops"
09 November 2022, 09:15–11:45 CDS Lecture Room , "Program flow: Recursion"
16 November 2022, 09:15–11:45 CDS Lecture Room , "Getting sophisticated: Functions"
23 November 2022, 09:15–11:45 CDS Lecture Room , "Getting sophisticated: Objects"
30 November 2022, 09:15–11:45 CDS Lecture Room , "Sophisticated data structures: Collections"
07 December 2022, 09:15–11:45 CDS Lecture Room , "Dealing with problems: Exceptions"
14 December 2022, 09:15–11:45 CDS Lecture Room , "Putting it to use: Tracing Information Technology I"
11 January 2023, 09:15–11:45 CDS Lecture Room , "Putting it to use: Tracing Information Technology II"
18 January 2023, 09:15–11:45 CDS Lecture Room , "Putting it to use: Tracing Information Technology III"
25 January 2023, 09:15–11:45 CDS Lecture Room , "Wrap-up: Where to go from here"

Course Enrolment

Until 31 October 2022, 23:55
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas: Study Area 2: Science and Technology

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Elective Field: only students without a bachelor's degree in CDS: from Study Areas 1-6

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Foundation

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Deepening / Application

Individual courses: possible