Developing a holistic understanding of systems and algorithms through research papers

Ali Erkan, John Barr, Tony Clear, Cruz Izu, Cristian José Lopez Del Alamo, Hanan Mohammed, Mahadev Nadimpalli

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Abstract

Even though a computer science degree is unavoidably broken into semesters and courses, we always hope that our students form a holistic picture of the discipline by the time they graduate. Yet as educators, we do not have too many opportunities to make this point front and center for an extended period of time. This report addresses a well-defined portion of this problem: revealing conceptual connections between algorithmic courses (such as Discrete Math, Data Structures, Algorithms) and systems oriented courses (such as Organization, Computer Networks, Operating Systems, and Hardware) through the use of research papers. In particular, we provide a pedagogical framework as well as a set of carefully selected papers to crosscut our disciplinary space in a way that is orthogonal to conventional course design. This framework includes a paper taxonomy, strategies for covering topics that students are yet to encounter in upper level courses, strategies for reading and writing technical papers, three modules (one each for operating systems, networks, and architecture) that can be integrated into standard systems courses, and a new (optional) course template as a container for all of the listed elements. Since we have already tried these ideas once at the institution of the two leading authors, our report is rich with scaffolding suggestions as well.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationITiCSE-WGR 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ITiCSE Conference on Working Group Reports
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages86-104
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356275
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2017 ITiCSE Conference on Working Group Reports, ITiCSE-WGR 2017 - Bologna, Italy
Duration: 3 Jul 20175 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameITiCSE-WGR 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ITiCSE Conference on Working Group Reports
Volume2018-January

Conference

Conference2017 ITiCSE Conference on Working Group Reports, ITiCSE-WGR 2017
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityBologna
Period3/07/175/07/17

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Association for Computing Machinery.

Keywords

  • ACM Guidelines
  • ACM proceedings
  • Algorithms
  • Education
  • Holistic
  • Networks
  • Operating systems

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