My computers skills at the beginning of this class were below average compared to the rest of the class. I knew I was in trouble. The only reason I wanted to try my luck at a computer major was because I was tired of everyone knowing more about them that me. But looking back at all my experiences from this class, I succeeded my expectations in every way and now have a good foundation to build on. There were times that I thought their was no way I was going to be able accomplish certain assignments, but most of the time with some basic knowledge of the subject, most of them went pretty well.
I had several good experiences throughout this class. Starting with the beginning of the class and working toward the present. It is really hard for me to say that I enjoyed binary, but I have a good understanding of it and also know how important it is to computers in several way. Binary looks real easy from the outside because there are only two possibilities a 1 or a 0. The difficult part is when you start converting to other bases,that can become a challenge. One of the most useful project for me was building our own computer. The assignment was wide open to build any type you wanted. This assignment probably gave me more knowledge than any other. I was still a little new with computers at the time and how they worked and this gave me a completely new understanding. When we were asked to create a HTML page, I thought I had a leg up on this one. But what I forgot to consider was that in High School I used a Adobe program to create a page. So I learned how to create a web page the hard way, which was fun. It gave me a entirely new look at web pages. I also had a public speaking class this semester and had to do a demonstration speech. I choose to do my demo speech on Creating a Web Page using HTML. Although I not much into programming, I enjoyed the Scratch Project. Mainly because Scratch provides a really good learning environment for beginning programmers. One of our last big project was Lego Mindstorm Robots. With the exception of the other group that was assigned to our robot, the project went well. The first week my group did some experimenting with the design of our robot. We made a truck and a trailer, which was not part of the assignment at all, considering that Dr. Brown told us that the three wheeled design works best for the line following program.
There were also some subject that I didn’t enjoy so much. I have to start with the Assembly Language Simulator. I started on this project early because I knew it was going to take some practice to learn to use it. I spent an entire weekend attempting to use it and to this day, still don’t know how to use it. I think I understand the importance of this assignment, but I just never caught on. SQL and Databases were not near as difficult as the Assembly Language Simulator. In fact SQL is pretty straight forward. I just couldn’t get into it as much as I did other topics. Virtual Intellience and Virtual Reality are two subjects that I never got into. I am not a big time gamer and I don’t think into the future that much, so these subjects don’t really mesh with me.
I think the good part is that the paragraph about what I enjoyed is much longer than the paragraph about what I didn’t. Even tho I may have not enjoyed every topic, in a intro. class I think it is important to cover a wide variety of topics. I think Dr. Brown did a good job selecting topic to cover and not making the class to hard for beginners like myself. I always looked forward to coming to class twice a week. I have never been considered a overachiever, but I didn’t miss one day of this class all semester and that is unlike me. I really enjoyed this class and look forward to gaining more computer knowledge in classes to come.