Computer science knowledge and skills are "a must" for the scientifically active person, student, professional in the beginning of the 21st century.

Historic overview

  • Situating of the most important dates in the evolution of computer science.

The layered model of computer science

  • The 'hardware' layer: boole algebra; von Neumann computer architecture; illustrations.
  • The system layer: what is an 'operating system'; file systems; the input-output; processes-proces management; user interfaces; examples.
  • The application layer: text processing; spreadsheets; databases; transaction processing (OLTP)

Computer networks and Internet applications

  • Architectures; local networks; international networks
  • Layers in networking: network hardware (modems, Ethernet); system layer (network file systems); applications (types of network applications)
  • Internet applications: electronic mail; database access and World Wide Web (www); electronic newspapers (Usenet use)

Hands-on' examples are given in the context of the theory and during the exercises

  • How to organize one's work on the computer
  • Introducing text files into the computer (editing), data manipulation, making graphs, lists, using a spreadsheet, a text processor, sending and reading electronic mail (e-mail), other services rendered by the computer.

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