COMP 101 Spring 2016


The objective of this course is to introduce students to computers and technology. Rather than rote learning of how to do things, the student will learn to understand how things work and will therefore be able to continue growing skills beyond the course. As a Quantitative Reasoning (QR) course, a key objective of this course is to teach the student how to analyze problems and attack them in a logical sequence of steps. This is a skill that will be worked on throughout the semester.

The primary technologies that will be taught are web page development and spreadsheets.

Lectures are accompanied by a significant number of resources, including presentation slides, code examples, reference materials and videos. These materials will be posted before the beginning of class. In addition, there is a single directory of the snippets and samples.

Following each lecture (or sometimes intermixed within the lecture) are lab exercises that must be completed within class. Cooperation among students to understand the content is encouraged, but each student will turn in each lab. In order to encourage students to work with different students who may become their partners, we encourage students to change seats several times at the beginning of the semester.


The software used in this class is either open source software or software available to all students. The open source software has the advantage that you will be able to continue using it after you finish school. The other software used is Microsoft Office. This software is available to all students based on your payment of student fees. Any student, whether they purchased their computer at UNC or not, can go to an ITS Response Center location and have any Microsoft product they have available installed on their computer at no cost. This includes Microsoft Excel, the application that we will be using. You are REQUIRED to use the identified software.

Class Meetings


Recitation sessions are not required but they are an opportunity to get supplemental explanations of course material. Students often find that they are not understanding material but don't have specific questions to ask. Attending a recitation section is an ideal solution. All of the recitation sections will cover the same material each week but will be taught by a different TA. You can attend any recitation that meets your needs and may attend different recitations different weeks. All recitations are held in FB007.

Office Hours

Unlike recitation sessions, office hours are intended to be one-on-one help sessions. You should be using office hours when you have specific questions. Most of the time, students use office hours when they have an assignment due that is not working. We also encourage you to cuse office hours when you have more general questions as well. TA office hours will be held either in Sitterson lobby or SN047. Professor office hours will be held in FB 146.

Other Tutoring Opportunities