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Get Set for Computer Science

Alistair Edwards

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This book is aimed at students who are thinking of studying Computer Science or a related topic at university. Part One is a brief introduction to the topics that make up Computer Science, some of which you would expect to find as course modules in a Computer Science programme. These descriptions should help you to tell the difference between Computer Science as taught in different departments and so help you to choose a course that best suits you.

Part Two builds on what you have learned about the nature of Computer Science by giving you guidance in choosing universities and making your applications to them. Then Part Three gives you some advice on what to do once you get to university, how to get the most out of studying your Computer Science degree. The principal objective of the book is to produce happy students, students who know what they are letting themselves in for when they start a Computer Science course, and hence find themselves very well suited for the course they choose.

Contents

Preface
PART I: COMPUTER SCIENCE
1. The elements of Computer Science
2. Software
3. Hardware
4. Communication and interaction
5. Practice
6. Theory
7. Systems
PART II: THINKING OF A COMPUTER SCIENCE DEGREE
8. Preparation
9. Applying to university
PART III: STUDY SKILLS
10. Eat well, work hard and get to bed early
11. Teaching and learning methods
12. Assessment
Glossary
References.

About the Author

Alistair Edwards is Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of York

Reviews

This book provides the student who is thinking of studying Computer Science with useful insights into the problems that Computer Scientists study, and the way in which they study them, coupled with explanations of the application, selection, admission and teaching processes.
- Professor Keith Mander, Chair, Council of Professors and Heads of Computing, University of Kent

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