COMP Matters - August 9th-20th, 2021
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 introduces and reviews three main components needed for success in computer science: computational thinking, problem solving skills and basic programming skills. The first two 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. COMP Matters is coordinated by the Science Student Success Centre in the Faculty of Science.
Dates and Fees
COMP Matters runs from August 9th-20th 2021. 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 basic problem solving and programming 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. Solutions to the problems will be created using the Python programming language and with the needed programming skills introduced as they are needed.
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 65% or you did not take computer science in high school, and you are starting in a computer science program this fall.
The computer science program does not expect incoming students to have programming experience. However, some students may lose some of the confidence starting the program when they see other students coming in with this experience. If you do not have any programming experience and want to gain some experience before starting school, then you should consider this course.
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.
Listen to the COMP Matters Instructor, Dr. Jason Hinek talk about the program
Dr. Hinek is a first year Computer Science Instructor and therefore the perfect person to provide advice about what first year will be like. He has catered this refresher course for beginners and is looking forward to meeting you this August!