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Code CS 201
Term 201803
Title Introduction to Computing
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Subject Computer Sci.& Eng.(CS)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Gulsen Demiroz,
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Field work/field study/on-the-job,Recitation,Laboratory
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Communicative,Task based learning

This course is intended to introduce students to the field of computing (basic computer organization, data representation, concepts, algorithmic thinking and problem solving), as well as giving them intermediate level programming abilities in an object-oriented programming language (currently C++). Also part of the "core course" pools for the CS, BIO, MAT, ME, EL, TE, MS degree programs.


To introduce students to the field of computing (basic computer organization, data representation, concepts, algorithmic thinking and problem solving), as well as giving them intermediate level programming abilities in an object-oriented programming language (currently C++).

Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of Introduction to Computing, students are expected to be able to:
Describe the basics of computer architecture, programming languages and compilers
Design an algorithm (step-by-step solution) for a given computing problem
Write small C++ programs
Use the basic programming concepts like if-else statements and while-for loops
Use functions and describe different parameter passing methods
Use, modify existing classes and design new classes
Perform simple text file I/O operations
Perform searches on arrays and sort arrays
Perform basic complexity analysis on algorithms

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 1
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 2
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 2
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 2
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 3
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Eng. & Natural Sci.
1 Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 2
2 Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 4
3 Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 3
4 Ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 4
5 Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 1
6 Knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 1
7 Knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 1
Common Outcomes ForSchool of Management
1 Demonstrate an understanding of economics, and main functional areas of management. 1
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 1
Mechatronics Engineering Program Outcomes Required Courses
1 Familiarity with concepts in statistics and optimization, knowledge in basic differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, complex variables, multi-variable calculus, as well as physics and computer science, and ability to use this knowledge in modeling, design and analysis of complex dynamical systems containing hardware and software components. 3
2 Ability to work in design, implementation and integration of engineering applications, such as electronic, mechanical, electromechanical, control and computer systems that contain software and hardware components, including sensors, actuators and controllers. 1
Computer Science and Engineering Program Outcomes Required Courses
1 Design, implement, test, and evaluate a computer system, component, or algorithm to meet desired needs and to solve a computational problem. 5
2 Demonstrate knowledge of discrete mathematics and data structures. 4
3 Demonstrate knowledge of probability and statistics, including applications appropriate to computer science and engineering. 3
Industrial Engineering Program Outcomes Required Courses
1 Formulate and analyze problems in complex manufacturing and service systems by comprehending and applying the basic tools of industrial engineering such as modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics. 1
2 Design and develop appropriate analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy. 1
3 Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools. 2
Electronics Engineering Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Use mathematics (including derivative and integral calculations, probability and statistics), basic sciences, computer and programming, and electronics engineering knowledge to design and analyze complex electronic circuits, instruments, software and electronics systems with hardware/software. 2
2 Analyze and design communication networks and systems, signal processing algorithms or software using advanced knowledge on differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics. 1
Materials Science and Nano Engineering Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 1
2 Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 1
3 Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 1
Molecular Biology, Genetics and Bioengineering Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Comprehend key concepts in biology and physiology, with emphasis on molecular genetics, biochemistry and molecular and cell biology as well as advanced mathematics and statistics. 1
2 Develop conceptual background for interfacing of biology with engineering for a professional awareness of contemporary biological research questions and the experimental and theoretical methods used to address them. 1
Visual Arts and Visual Communications Design Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Demonstrate safe working habits and a general understanding of materials and processes in the visual arts. 1
2 Demonstrate knowledge of representational processes using visual as well as audial material as mediums of representation. 1
3 Show working knowledge of the process of transforming abstract/textual concepts into concrete, audio/visual forms. 1
4 Appreciate and express the cultural significance of art and understand its evolution and purposes. 1
5 Develop an awareness of compositional and organizational strategies for the effective deployment of formal elements of visual art. 1
6 Read visual texts with a deep knowledge of art history and theory and the ability of situating the content and form of the visual representation both in a historical and thematic context. 1
7 Employ necessary background knowledge regarding art administration in the body of museums and galleries. 1
8 Show a practical and technical command of materials and methods in one or more media of the visual arts. 1
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Midterm 46
Assignment 20
Participation 4
Recommended or Required Reading

A Computer Science Tapestry, 2nd Edition, Owen L. Astrachan.

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