A complete history of computing would include a multitude of diverse devices such as the ancient Chinese abacus, the Jacquard loom (1805) and Charles Babbage’s “analytical engine” (1834). Typical areas of study include computer games fundamentals, computer systems fundamentals, introduction to web design and development, programming (Java). In your second year, you will cover algorithms and data structures, computer games design, computer graphics, professional development. In your final year, you will study advanced computer graphics, advanced game development and a undertake a project.
You could major in computer science to develop a thorough understanding of the theory behind creating computer applications and programs, or in information technology to focus on the applications of computer technology in business. If you have an interest in the technical functions of computers, have strong math skills and can see yourself as part of the growing number of computer engineering specialists, here’s what you need to know.
Design, implement, and maintain the architecture for computer systems and networks. New advances, business models, regulatory issues, strategic management and “go-to-market strategiesâ€ provide expanding opportunities for graduates with a business technology degree. Students with a Bachelor of Computer Science will achieve an in-depth understanding of advancing software paradigms, and develop new ways to create and interpret data that generate robust, effective applications.
Under the direction of engineer Dr. Paul Friedl, the Special Computer APL Machine Portable (SCAMP) personal computer prototype is developed at IBM’s Los Gatos and Palo Alto, California laboratories. IBM’s first personal computer, the system was designed to run the APL programming language in a compact, briefcase-like enclosure which comprised a keyboard, CRT display, and cassette tape storage. Friedl used the SCAMP prototype to gain approval within IBM to promote and develop IBM’s 5100 family of computers, including the most successful, the 5150, also known as the IBM Personal Computer (PC), introduced in 1981. From concept to finished system, SCAMP took only six months to develop.
Based on the Intel 8008 microprocessor, the Micral is one of the earliest commercial, non-kit personal computers. Designer Thi Truong developed the computer while Philippe Kahn wrote the software. Truong, founder and president of the French company R2E, created the Micral as a replacement for minicomputers in situations that did not require high performance, such as process control and highway toll collection. Selling for $1,750, the Micral never penetrated the U.S. market. In 1979, Truong sold R2E to Bull.