Amy Briggs

Professor of Computer Science

Phone: work802.443.2255
Office Hours: On leave for Academic Year 2013-14
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CSCI 0101 - The Computing Age      

The Computing Age
In this course we will provide a broad introductory overview of the discipline of computer science, with no prerequisites or assumed prior knowledge of computers or programming. A significant component of the course is an introduction to algorithmic concepts and to programming using Python; programming assignments will explore algorithmic strategies such as selection, iteration, divide-and-conquer, and recursion, as well as introducing the Python programming language. Additional topics will include: the structure and organization of computers, the Internet and World Wide Web, abstraction as a means of managing complexity, social and ethical computing issues, and the question "What is computation?" 3 hr. lect./lab


Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013

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CSCI 0200 - Math Foundations of Computing      

Mathematical Foundations of Computing
In this course we will provide an introduction to the mathematical foundations of computer science, with an emphasis on formal reasoning. Topics will include propositional and predicate logic, sets, functions, and relations; basic number theory; mathematical induction and other proof methods; combinatorics, probability, and recurrence relations; graph theory; and models of computation. (One CSCI course at the 0100-level previously or concurrently; formerly CSCI 0102) 3 hrs. lect./lab


Spring 2013

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CSCI 0201 - Data Structures      

Data Structures
In this course we will study the ideas and structures helpful in designing algorithms and writing programs for solving large, complex problems. The Java programming language and object-oriented paradigm are introduced in the context of important abstract data types (ADTs) such as stacks, queues, trees, and graphs. We will study efficient implementations of these ADTs, and learn classic algorithms to manipulate these structures for tasks such as sorting and searching. Prior programming experience is expected, but prior familiarity with the Java programming language is not assumed. (One CSCI course at the 0100-level) 3 hrs. lect./lab


Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012

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CSCI 0301 - Theory of Computation      

Theory of Computation
This course explores the nature of computation and what it means to compute. We study important models of computation (finite automata, push-down automata, and Turing machines) and investigate their fundamental computational power. We examine various problems and try to determine the computational power needed to solve them. Topics include deterministic versus non-deterministic computation, and a theoretical basis for the study of NP-completeness. (CSCI 0200 and CSCI 0201) 3 hrs. lect./disc.


Fall 2011, Fall 2014

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CSCI 0313 - Programming Languages      

Programming Languages
A systematic approach to concepts and features of programming languages. The course focuses on four major programming paradigms: procedural, object-oriented, functional, and logic programming languages. Students will program in several languages representing the different paradigms. Topics include grammars, data types, control structures, run-time organization, procedure activation, parameter passing, higher-order functions, lambda expressions, and unification. (CSCI 0200 and CSCI 0202) 3 hrs. lect./lab


Fall 2010, Fall 2012

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CSCI 0500 - Advanced Study      

Advanced Study
Individual study for qualified students in more advanced topics in computer science theory, systems, or application areas. Particularly suited for students who enter with advanced standing. (Approval required) 3 hrs. lect.

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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CSCI 0702 - Senior Seminar      

Senior Seminar
Each student will complete a major capstone project in this course. This project can take the form of either (1) a thesis on a topic chosen with the advice of a faculty member, or (2) a group programming project approved by the computer science faculty. All students will present their work at the end of the semester. In addition, during the academic year, all seniors are expected to attend a series of lectures designed to introduce and integrate ideas of computer science not covered in other coursework. (Approval required) 3 hrs. lect./disc

Spring 2011, Spring 2012

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FYSE 1414 - Computing and Society      

Computing and Society
Computing has contributed to tremendous advances in communication, science, medicine, economics, the arts, and many other fields and areas of our lives. We now employ myriad computational tools that enhance our ability to interact and to express ourselves creatively. Our access to vast amounts of information and raw data holds the promise of helping us solve some of humankind’s most vexing problems, from global health and poverty to climate change. In this seminar we will study some of the big ideas in computing that underlie the ongoing explosion of innovation we are experiencing, and will analyze the many ways in which computing affects society. 3 hrs. sem.


Fall 2014

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