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The goal of the Computer Science & Engineering Department is to provide our students with courses that develop the 21st century skills needed to be future ready in career pathways and college majors.

Objectives:
  1. Students will develop an understanding of computers and the design of computers and computational processes.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate the processes needed for handling and manipulating information.
  3. Students will be able to design and test solutions to problems in the world.
  4. Students will be able to work collaboratively and communicate their findings with others.
Requirements:
One credit in CSE is required for graduation. All freshmen are required to take CSE Computer Science Applications, which earns a .5 credit. Students may select any of the other CSE courses listed to fulfill the other .5 credit.

COURSES AVAILABLE FOR 2021-22

List of 13 items.

  • CSE Computer Science Applications

    Computer Science Course

    Grade 9

    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This course is designed to expose students to the interdisciplinary nature of computer science in today’s dynamic world. Digital citizenship, media literacy and the issues of safeguarding personal data and privacy will be highlighted and discussed. Students will be introduced to the basic computer science principles of creativity, abstract thinking, problem solving, analyzing data, coding, research skills and reflection. Effective research skills will be developed in this course and a variety of digital tools will be used as students gather, analyze and visually represent data using movies, infographics, and presentations through a Web Quest. Basic coding skills will be developed through the code.org express course, then students will move on to Sphero robotic balls as they progress from block based code to writing their own lines of code. To build and foster a positive online community, students will use their knowledge of concepts of Digital Citizenship to create a blog, post weekly reflections and comment on others’ posts. Students will work independently and in collaborative teams on projects which develop these skills.

    Prerequisite: none
  • CSE Computer Languages: Java

    Computer Science Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12

    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Business or Computer Science and Engineering credit, but not both.

    This class is currently virtual.

    This course includes an introduction to structured programming and a basic understanding of Java syntax. Students will study the fundamental concepts of computer systems, procedures, functions, methods, repeat loops, logic statements, files and arrays. Emphasis will be on problem-solving skills and variable tracing in completing selected programming assignments. Students will use Oracle’s Java and IntelliJ software.

    Prerequisite: successful completion of Geometry or Honors Geometry
  • CSE Computer Languages: Web Development

    Computer Science Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Business or Computer Science and Engineering credit, but not both.

    This class is currently virtual.

    Students will create web pages using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Students will also use a variety of web layouts, color and formatting components important in web design. Students will manipulate and embed images and video. Students will learn to validate their web pages to assure compliance with World Wide
    Web Consortium (W3C) standards.

    Prerequisite: none
  • CSE AP Computer Science Principles

    Computer Science Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and explores the impact which computing and technology have on our society. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, this course gives students the opportunity to explore several important topics of computing using their own ideas and creativity, use the power of computing to create artifacts of personal value and develop an interest in computer science that will foster further endeavors in the field.

    Prerequisite: successful completion of Geometry or Honors Geometry and department approval

    AP Exam: AP Computer Science Principles
    Taking the AP exam is optional for this course.
  • CSE AP Computer Science A

    Computer Science Course

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This course may be repeated for credit.

    This class is currently virtual.

    Students will use the object-oriented paradigm of the Java programming language and mathematical principles to address important computer science topics like static and dynamic arrays, recursion, algorithm efficiency, elementary data structures, searching and sorting, and many other topics. Students will be required to complete a significant amount of programming in the course and will practice for the AP Computer Science A exam.

    Prerequisite: successful completion of Computer Languages: Java and teacher approval

    AP Exam: AP Computer Science A
    Taking the AP exam is optional for this course.
  • CSE Robotics: FIRST Tech Challenge Engineering

    Engineering Course

    Grade  9, 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, .5 credit

    This course may be repeated for credit.

    All students are welcome as members of the JoeBotics team. Those students wishing to earn credit for this graded course must register for it in February. This project-based learning course integrates physics, math, coding, teamwork, creative problem solving and the engineering design process in the building of a functional FTC Robot which will compete in a number of qualifying events leading up to the State competition. Students will attend this course on Tuesdays after school from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on 2-3 Saturdays per month from 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. each week during the Robotics season (September–March). Students are also expected to be present during competitions in which the team participates and to work at the “Robos at Joes” League meet held at SJA. Students will be graded based on their attendance and demonstration of the fundamental design, engineering and computer programming skills needed in robotics.

    Prerequisite: concurrent membership on the JoeBotics Team
  • CSE Principles of Engineering Design

    Engineering Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12

    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This hands-on, project-based course allows students to explore the engineering design process while solving real-world problems. Students will work individually and in collaborative teams using their math and science skills while designing engineering products. They will be introduced to the wide variety of careers available in the field of engineering. They will develop their problem solving skills along with those used for researching answers and techniques for documenting their progress and communicating the results of their design testing. They will be introduced to electrical and hand tools along with 3-D modeling software to craft their products. Projects will vary each semester. This course assumes no previous knowledge of engineering.

    Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I and Biology
  • CSE Engineering Methods

    Engineering Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    In this course, students will investigate engineering design and analysis software, 3D modeling, and robotics to prepare them for potential future study of engineering. Students will use programs such as SketchUp Make, AutoCAD, Solidworks, SciLab, OnShape or App Inventor to plan, model, and enact solutions to engineering design problems. These problems and projects can be both hypothetical and/or in a service-based format.

    Prerequisite: successful completion of Geometry or Honors Geometry
  • CSE Engineering and Design Applications

    Engineering Course

    Grade 11, 12

    Double Period Semester Course, 1 credit

    1 credit Computer Science and Engineering or
    .5 credit Mathematics and .5 credit Science


    May be taken for Computer Science and Engineering credit or Mathematics/Science credit, but not both.

    This course is a project-based laboratory course. An understanding of math and science as applied to real systems will be developed. Critical thinking and problem solving skills will be emphasized in a STEM approach using an engineering design model through individual and group projects. Projects will include the application of algebra, trigonometry and numerical analysis as related to topics in biology, chemistry, and physics. Engineering graphics and design software will be used when applicable.

    Prerequisite: successful completion of Chemistry or Honors Chemistry and Algebra II, Advanced Algebra II, Honors Algebra II or Pre-Calculus and department approval
  • CSE Video Production

    Applied Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Business or Computer Science and Engineering credit, but not both.

    This course introduces all three stages of creating a video: pre-production, production and shooting, and postproduction. Students in this applied computer science course will select and operate appropriate computer software and hardware to create the videos they envision. Students will break down the steps needed through planning their creations through writing scripts, developing shot lists and storyboards, while also learning how to manipulate film and technology to achieve their expected outcomes. Everyone will have the opportunity to experiment with various filming and audio hardware, including cameras, gimbals, microphones, audio recorders and smartphones. Through using Adobe Premiere Pro, students will discover how to evaluate raw clips to create profession level video both collaboratively and independently. Students will produce a music video, how-to video, and a final St. Joe video.

    Prerequisite: none
  • CSE Digital Photography I

    Applied Course

    Grade 10, 11, 12

    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Computer Science and Engineering or Fine Arts credit, but not both.

    In this visual arts and applied computer science course, the student will learn about and understand how to control the digital camera. They will begin to develop their photographic aesthetic as they explore a variety of subject matter, with an emphasis on composition. Students will learn about the historical development of photography including darkroom processes. As they edit their photographs, they will learn to operate computer software, such as Adobe Photoshop.

    Camera requirement: DSLR or Point and Shoot with manual capabilities. A limited amount of school cameras are available to rent.

    Prerequisite: none
  • CSE ACP Digital Photography II

    Applied Course

    Grade 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Computer Science & Engineering credit
    or Fine Arts credit, but not both.

    In this course, students will move beyond the basic camera operations and photographic compositions introduced in Digital Photography I. This course will focus on students learning to communicate themes, messages, and ideas through their photography while using the skills learned in Digital Photography I. Students will learn in-depth Photoshop techniques and continue to work on the skills introduced in the prerequisite. Adobe Lightroom will be introduced as an introduction to RAW file editing and organization. The final assessment for this course will be a long-term photo essay project. Students will create a final cohesive printed and digital portfolio utilizing Adobe InDesign. Each student must provide her own digital camera along with other class specific supplies.

    Prerequisite: Digital Photography I

    UMSL ACP: ART 1061 Photography I
    Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for this semester course.
  • CSE ACP Graphic Design

    Applied Course

    Grade 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Computer Science and Engineering credit or Fine Arts credit, but not both.

    In this visual arts and applied computer science course, students will learn how graphic design plays a role in media, advertising, and design. They will rely on design theory and photographic skills as they are introduced to a variety of computer software applications, and tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to develop projects. Each student must provide her own digital camera, or phone with a camera, along with other class-specific supplies.

    Prerequisite: Design (see Fine Arts guide)

    UMSL ACP: ART 1210 Graphic Design I
    Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for this semester course.

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The following co-curricular activities are available in this discipline. For more information, please click the link.

Departments

Computer Science & Engineering Department

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Amy Summers

    Mrs. Amy Summers 

    Computer Science & Engineering - Department Chair, English
    (314) 394-4079
  • Photo of Carrie Hill

    Ms. Carrie Hill 

    Computer Science & Engineering
    (314) 394-4075
  • Photo of Kathleen Siegel

    Mrs. Kathleen Siegel 

    Computer Science & Engineering
    (314) 394-4094
  • Photo of Bud Stein

    Mr. Bud Stein 

    Mathematics
    (314) 394-4095
  • Photo of Bob Sullivan

    Mr. Bob Sullivan 

    Fine Arts - Digital Art
    (314) 394-4004
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