IMACS Online Courses

Computer Science: A First Course

Course Description

Computer Science: A First Course is an introductory, fully interactive, self-contained, online programming course for high school students. Computer Science: A First Course teaches the programming language Scheme and focuses on important concepts that can be easily applied to any programming language. This is a true online course and includes online Scheme interpreter, interactive exercises, and instant feedback with automatic grading of all work. To license this course, teachers must be able to demonstrate that they have a strong background in working with the Scheme language.

Powerful and Convenient

Computer Science: A First Course brings several advantages to teachers:

  • Help is available to teachers via email or via the online Help Desk. Responses to Help Desk questions are often available within minutes.
  • Each student has a username and password, and may work on the material at any computer with an internet browser, anywhere, anytime.
  • The course includes integrated exercises, both graded and ungraded, problem sets, test reviews, and tests. All student answers, including complete scheme programs, are graded automatically.
  • The course provides an online Scheme interpreter that works via the browser — no additional software is needed. The interpreter is embedded into the pages of the course, and is also available in a stand-alone form.
  • After automatic grading, results are posted in the students' online gradebook. Teachers have a master online gradebook that allows students' progress to be tracked precisely.
  • Teachers control access to online tests, as well as how the test is administered. Once a student or class of students are given access to a test, the test may be taken online with results posted to student online gradebooks.
  • Teachers can allow students to work at their own pace through the material, yet still keep precise information about each student's progress. This feature allows teachers to successfully meet the individual needs of each student.
See also: Licensing