Video Essay Draft

Computer Science Video Essay – Small-1l137hf


  • Introduce major – Computer Science
  • Define major
    • What is computer science?
    • the theory, experimentation, and engineering that form the basis for the design and use of computers. It involves the study of algorithms that process, store, and communicate digital information
  • Give background on the major
    • Undergraduates at USF who graduate will receive Bachelor of Science (BS) degree
    • 52 units (20 units of lower division courses, 20 units of upper division courses, and 12 units of mathematics) – along with a science core requirement
      • Some classes in lower division:  CS 110 Introduction to Computer Science I and CS 212 Software Development (4 units)
      • Some classes in upper division: CS 326 Operating Systems and CS 345 Programming Languages
      • For math requirement you will take classes like: Math 109 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I & Math 201 Discrete Mathematics



Interview: Q&A w/ Alex Hason

  1. Why did you choose computer science as your major?
  2. How does it apply to the real world?
  3. What are some pros and cons about CS?
  4. What are some classes you are taking right now for CS?


CS Locations and Resources

  • Department of Computer Science is located in Harney Science Center Room 402
  • The Kudlick High-tech Interactive Classroom
    • One of the first things you see walking into Harney
    • Has 30 PCs and is used daily for lectures, labs, and individual student work
  • Department Chair: David Wolber
    • Teaches classes like Computing, Mobile Apps, & Introduction to Computer Science I
  • Being apart of this program:
    • Students will gain hands-on experience in small, lecture-lab classrooms led by a diverse team of experts in the field
    • Students will be prepared for graduate school and software development careers

Class Activity 11/1/18

Two key points I found interesting were:

  • because of the pictures that are included they help give the reader a visual of how China was at that time along with background so that we are mindful of the cultural and historical context that shape the narrative
  • education is limited due to circumstances and economic resources

Class Activity Week 11: 10/30/18

I read Pu Zhao’s reading response and we had somewhat different views on the matter.

3 points that I found different from my own ideas:

  1.  College is also about critical thinking
  2.  College is about pushing students out of their comfort zones
  3.  The cost of college is more than it’s actually worth

Discussion on Essay 3 Assignment: 10/23/18 (Cont. 10/25)

Group members: Nichele, Jing, Shen

  1.  Three key features: we have to make a video, focuses more visual and aural layers
  2.  Three main requirements: video should be between 3-4 minutes, write a transcript with a clear outline and text and should include editing (via Audacity and iMovie most preferably), relatively simple or more complex depending on your skill level
  3.  Like’s: showed scenes from Harry Potter that correlated with what the narrator was saying and he gave his opinion as well as factual evidence. Dislikes: very long and maybe a bit too much information.  ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isrnal7H8RE )


Oct. 25th 

New video essay we found: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdd0JF79q4I

3 features that make this video effective or could make it better:

  •  narrator was interest in the movie himself (which makes wakes the viewer more attentive)
  • narrator talks about how the movie itself connected to the real world involving racism
  •  for improvements maybe add some background music

Class Activity 10/23/18

  • They examine the writing of both that they struggle with writing
  • Candice focuses more on the script than the actual film herself
    • It was mainly just her script then very few images
  • Katie focuses more on her film then she does her script
    • But comes to find different strategies to help with her writing
  • Depends on creativity levels and the vision a person has for their video

Oct. 18th Reflection on Education

Question: What does college education look like in your country or place you come from (affordable, more family pressure, gender-based, culturally superior, etc.)? What kind of education would you prefer and why?


Where I’m from a college education is encouraged but not forced. Often times when you get to your senior year your counselor will ask you what are your goals are for after high school and weather it be college/university, military or community college they will help you plan for it. Most can afford college but still often time taking out student loans on top of the scholarships they receive. As students we are encouraged to think realistically but also not to limit our abilities.

In terms of education I prefer going go a 4-year university because I believe it will help me gain better social skills, knowledge as well as introduce me to new cultures depending on where attend school.


10/18/18: Nichele & Shen

Discussion & Thoughts on Education

With reading the chapter 4 intro and Suzanne Fields’ “There’s More to Learning Than a Job Search” , we both agreed that both critical thinking and acquiring some specific marketable skills are important being that we need both for the real world but we also has two other key points in our responses;

  1.  In Shen’s response he focused more on the educational side and critical thinking and how they are vital to our educational success but also how we shouldn’t focus on money as much because that’s not what makes us successful.
  2.  In my response (Nichele) I focused more on the logical thinking of college in general and how the college experience may be different for everyone.
  • taking a gap year to become financially stable and may get some easy college credits out of the way
  • saving money
  • many can love what they do in life without having to attend college and be in debt just to get their education


Group Members: Nichele and Shen


9/25/18 – Plagiarism Activity

Group members: Parker, Nichele, Shenyao

Section A

  1. No, it is common knowledge.
  2. Yes, still need to cite his sources even though everyone is reading the same book.
  3. No, it’s still his work and the professor agree with him using his other work.
  4. Yes, because he copied off of the internet instead of putting it in his own words.
  5. Yes, even though she paraphrased she still needs to cite her sources.

Section B

  1. Yes, because additionally citation in this case is necessary.
  2. Yes, because the reader needs to know where you got the information from.
  3. Yes, it would be otherwise known as plagiarism.
  4. No, because they didn’t use a book, website, etc.
  5. Yes, you’re including a major theme from the book.
  6. Yes, because although you have the same opinion – you still need to give the author credit for their opinion and research.

Audio Literacy Discussion 9/4/18

  • For this assignment I’ll be writing an essay about myself and turning into an audio piece.
  • We’re doing this as an assignment to make it more interesting and fun.
  • I feel as thought it will be fairly easy to create because I will be talking about myself  and my life.
  • The interesting part will be what music I will choose to go with my audio essay but I don’t really see any “challenges” that I will have.