CS1C: Introduction to Computing at Stanford

Offered Fall Quarter

CS1C is a 1 unit, fall quarter class that is offered in dorms that have freshmen and is taught by the dorm's RCC(s). This class is made for those with limited experience with computers or who want to learn more about Stanford's computing environment. Topics include: computer maintenance and security, computing resources, Internet privacy, and copyright law, and more.  One-hour lecture/demonstration in dormitory clusters prepared and administered weekly by the Resident Computer Consultant (RCC). Final project. Not a programming course.  CS1c is usually taught in the evening.


  • Senior Instructor: Sherwin Smith
  • Course Coordinator: TBD
  • Fall 2013 Class Times: Section times TBD in Residences.
  • Office Hours: By appointment with senior instructor or with your section leader.
  • Prerequisites: None.
  • Credit Basis: 1 units
  • Materials: Course materials will be made available to you through http://coursework.stanford.edu once you are registered.

Example Syllabus

  • Week 1 - Intro to Stanford Computing
  • Week 2 - The Internet
  • Week 3 - Hardware and Software
  • Week 4 - Operating Systems
  • Week 5 - Malware/Security
  • Week 6 - Social Network Savvy
  • Week 7 – File Sharing and Copyright Law
  • Week 8 - Final Project or Special Topic
  • Week 9 - Final Project

Students with Documented Disabilities

Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability must initiate the request with the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) located within the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). SDRC staff will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation Letter for faculty dated in the current quarter in which the request is being made. Students should contact the SDRC as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations. The OAE is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk. Phone: 650-723-1066