Experiences with a CS1 for the health sciences

Jeffrey A. Stone, Darcy L. Medica, Leah Ann Fetsko

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Computer Science (CS) educators are increasingly being tasked to design courses for specific groups of non-majors. This paper reports on an experiment with a CS1-style course for the health sciences. Experiences with offering this course to a cohort of specific health-science majors and with other non-majors are discussed. The results suggest that tailoring a course around a discipline-specific theme may make the course more attractive to students outside rather than inside of the specific discipline. The results also point to the persistent gender gap in CS, as well as the difficulty in translating student success into self-confidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-126
Number of pages5
JournalSIGCSE Bulletin Inroads
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 25 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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