COMP Matters - August 10th-21st, 2020
COMP Matters is a two-week-long course that is designed to help prepare students coming into a Computer Science program in the Faculty of Science. The course emphasizes computational thinking and problem solving skills which are the underlying core skills needed for all computer science courses. Starting a computer science degree with a good foundation of problem solving skills will ensure that students feel confident to participate and succeed in their computer science studies.
Dates and Fees
COMP Matters runs from August 10th-21st 2020. Registration for COMP Matters will open in late June with your time ticket. The fee for COMP Matters is $100 including HST.
Is COMP Matters for you?
Generally, COMP Matters aims to introduce students to computational thinking and basic problem solving skills that they will need for first-year and future COMP courses. The course will focus on the main components of problem solving in the context of computation thinking:
- Pattern Recognition/Data Representation
- Generalization and Abstraction
- Algorithm design
The components of computational thinking will be introduced by way of example problems. While this is NOT an introductory programming course, there will be a short introduction to the Python programming language which will be used to create a working solution to some sample problems. No prior programming experience is needed or expected of any student in the course.
Additional small topics will also be introduced to broaden the students' technical skill sets. These are practical skills that students will find useful as they progress in their program.
During the course, students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with new people that are also starting out in computer science this fall, learn from a current senior Computer Science student and a Computer Science Instructor, and get tips and strategies for success in studying computer science.
We suggest that you consider registering for COMP Matters if your high school computer science grade was below 80% or you did not take computer science in high school, and you are starting in a computer science program this fall.
COMP Matters will be instructed by a Computer Science Instructor, Dr. Jason Hinek and an upper year Computer Science student. This on-line program is designed to provide students with a mix of lecture material, step-by-step tutorials, and online activities. This format will ideally let students listen to material, see it being used and demonstrated, and then finally be able to apply this knowledge to problem-solving situations.