This is the third of four courses offered in the Computer Science pathway. This course is available to both completers and non-completers. This course can count as a CTE credit, a math credit, and college credit (varies per college/university and the College Board exam score).
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an advance course in computer science. Because the design and implementation of computer programs to solve problems involve skills that are fundamental to the study of computer science, a large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs that correctly solve a given problem. These programs should be understandable, adaptable, and, when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the design and implementation of computer programs is used as a context for introducing other important aspects of computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, the study of standard algorithms and typical applications, and the use of logic and formal methods. In addition, the responsible use of these systems is an integral part of the course.
COURSE OUTCOMES: As a result of this course, students will be able to:
- Design and implement solutions to problems by writing, running, and debugging computer programs;
- Use and implement commonly used algorithms and data structures;
- Develop and select appropriate algorithms and data structures to solve problems;
- Code fluently in an object-oriented paradigm using the programming language Java; Students are expected to be familiar with and be able to use standard Java library classes from the AP Java subset.
- Understand a large program consisting of several classes and interacting objects. Students should be able to read and understand a description of the design and development process leading to such a program.
- Recognize the ethical and social implications of computer use.
- Students are expected to sit for the AP College Board Exam on Tuesday May 3, 2016