Introduction to Problem Solving in Computer Science


This course introduces the student to a broad range of heuristics for solving problems in a range of settings. Emphasis on problem-solving techniques that aid programmers and computer scientists. Heuristics for solving problems ''in the small'' (classical math and word problems), generating potential solutions to ''real-life'' problems encountered in the profession, and problem solving in teams.

Having successfully completed this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify skills and personality traits of successful problem solving.
  • Apply standard problem-solving heuristics to aid in problem solving.
  • Apply problem-solving techniques to programming activities.
  • Apply problem-solving techniques to school and personal interactions.
  • Apply pairs and team problem-solving techniques.
  • Generate potential solutions to problems with standard heuristics.
  • Formulate and successfully communicate the solutions to problems.

 Prerequisites: MATH 1205 or MATH 1225 or MATH 1526.

See: course web pages.

Taught By: Alexey Onufriev
Dwight Barnette
Layne Watson
Margaret Ellis
Cliff Shaffer
William McQuain