Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. (C.P. Snow)

Overview

The objective of this course is to introduce students to computers and technology. Rather than rote learning of how to do things, the student will learn to understand how things work and will therefore be able to continue growing skills beyond the course.

While the course does not currently have a QR tag, it is (and always has been) designed as a Quantitative Reasoning course. As a Quantitative Reasoning course, a key objective of this course is to teach the student how to analyze problems and attack them in a logical sequence of steps. This is a skill that will be worked on throughout the semester.

The primary technologies that will be taught are:

Software:

The software used in this class is either open source software or software available to all students. The open source software has the advantage that you will be able to continue using it after you finish school. The other software used is Microsoft Office. This software is available to all students based on your payment of student fees. Any student, regardless if they purchased their computer at UNC or not, can go to an ITS Response Center location and have any Microsoft product they have available installed on their computer at no cost. This includes Microsoft Excel, the application that we will be using. You can get Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 for Windows and Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac OS X). You are REQUIRED to use the identified software.

Class Meeting

There are two sections of this class. They will have identical lectures and assignments. They will be so identical, that if one is cancelled due to inclement weather, the other will be too! (If the 2 pm class is cancelled after the 9:30 has been held, the next 9:30 class will be cancelled.) Also, if you are unable to attend class one day and want to attend the other class, that is an option. Please speak to me if you plan to do so.

Section 001:
  • Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:15
  • Sitterson 011
Section 002
  • Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45
  • Sitterson 011

Office Hours:

Monday Diane 9:00-11:00 FB 146
Tuesday Cameron
Logan
11:30-1:30
3:30-5:30
Sitterson lobby
Sitterson lobby
Wednesday Belinda
Logan
11:00-1:00
2:00-4:00
Sitterson lobby
Sitterson lobby
Thursday Diane
Belinda
11:30-1:30
3:30-5:30
FB 146
Sitterson lobby
Friday Cameron 1:00-3:00 Sitterson lobby

Instructors

Professor:
  • Diane Pozefsky
  • Office: Sitterson FB146
  • Office hours: Open Door Policy
  • email: pozefsky@cs.unc.edu
  • Office phone: 962-1817
TA:
  • Belinda Kerchmar
  • Office: Sitterson 045
  • Office hours: held in Sitterson lower lobby
  • email: kerchmar@cs.unc.edu
  • Office phone: 962-1916
Undergraduate TA:
  • Cameron Blashka
  • Office: Sitterson 008
  • Office hours: held in Sitterson lower lobby
  • email: cblashka@email.unc.edu
Undergraduate TA:
  • Logan Wilkerson
  • Office: Sitterson
  • Office hours: held in Sitterson lower lobby
  • email: lcwilker@email.unc.edu