Summer @ Stonehill Pre-College Program: Introduction to Programming

CSC 195 | How Computers Work | 3 credits | For rising junior, rising senior and graduating senior high school students


Monday, JULY 9 - Friday, JULY 27, 2018

Course Description

An introduction to computers, programming and problem solving using the Python programming language. In this class we learn to think like computer scientists, developing the essential skill of problem solving: understanding a problem, formulating a solution, and implementing that solution. We will implement our solutions using the popular programming language Python. The problems we will examine will encompass a broad range of topics from sports, economics, history and business.

Our Summer@Stonehill Pre-College Program is a high-demand program with a competitive application process. Applications will be now be accepted until May 31, 2018 with supporting materials due by June 15.

Course Instructor

Janet Brown-Sederberg

Faculty member in Computer Science Department


  • B.S.B.A., Accounting, Stonehill College
  • M.S., Computer Science, Bridgewater State College
  • Certified Public Accountant

Why did you decide to study computer science and pursue a career in higher education?
My first exposure to computers was in my Senior year at Stonehill. One day in an accounting class, we were able to use one of the college’s computers. The computer was a mainframe computer, we typed our commands (add three numbers and calculate the average) on a machine that punched the appropriate holes in rolled paper about an inch wide.  The paper was then fed to the computer, which executed the commands. It was magic. I knew then that I wanted to study computer science. Why do I teach? Because it is what I have wanted to do all of my life.  I grew up in a home that valued education above all else, a home in which teaching was seen as the most noble and rewarding of all professions. My mother saved a paper I wrote in elementary school entitled, “What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up”, I wanted to be a teacher. I still have that paper. I still love teaching

What has been your greatest experience as a professor at Stonehill?  
I have not had one, I have had many.  Every semester starts with students worried that they will not be able to learn a computer language, the semester ends with those same students confidently writing complex and sophisticated computer programs.

Who is your favorite author?
I have always enjoyed reading. Always nonfiction (ok I did read the Harry Potter series) and aways history and current events.  I have several favorite authors; David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ron Chernow, Jon Meacham and Thomas Friedman. I also like to read textbooks about computer languages and programming, though you really don’t read those books, you study and absorb them.

What is your favorite movie?
The Godfather.

Where did you go to high school?
West Bridgewater High School in West Bridgewater, MA

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