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CSE Seminar

Computer Science Curriculum Design, Base Skill Sets, and the Engaged Learner

Marcus M. DardenAssistant ProfessorOlivet College
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In computer science, the field's base skills set is constantly expanding, and my research in computer science curriculum design reveals one core challenge attendant on that fact: how best to create an undergraduate program that remains deliverable while ensuring successful learning of a sufficient number of fundamental concepts? My teaching practice utilizes a combination of formal lecture, hands-on exercises, and lab sessions, providing students with the opportunity to learn and implement concepts in increasingly self-directed and complex ways. As an example of formal lecture, we will investigate collection classes in Python, demonstrating the foundational concept of aggregate variables, including lists, tuples, dictionaries, and sets.

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