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 Women in Computer Science and Engineering seminar: Syllabus
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This is the syllabus for CSE 190a, Women in Computer Science and Engineering


JAN 12
JAN 19
JAN 26
FEB 16
FEB 23

First day of class!

Discussion: Women in CSE


Panel: Current students

Discussion: Women in CSE

Demo: CSE research


CSE: major, admissions

Panel: CSE Careers

Field trip! Google


Due: Assignment 1

Due: Assignment 2

Bring panel questions!

Due: Assignment 3  



Bring panel questions!

Due: Assignment 4

Basic info:

Tuesdays 2:30-3:20 in
Room 403 of the Allen Center for CSE.
This course is intended for pre-major women currently enrolled in Intro Programming.

Raven Avery, CSE Academic Advisor..
Questions? Talk to me in class, send an email, or come in for an appointment!
Office: Allen Center for CSE, room 101

TA: Happy Dong, current CSE major! Email

Course Goals:

  1. Explore computer science, including research, careers, and the contributions of important women.
  2. Encourage a broad, accurate view of computer science and related fields.
  3. Establish an environment for discussion, debate, and community for women interested in CSE
  4. Inspire interest, enthusiasm, and curiosity about computer science.


Course Expectations:

Grading: To receive credit, you must earn at least 130 of 140 possible points, including all 40 Homework points and at least 90 (of 100 possible) Participation points:





10 per class

100 points


10 per assignment

40 points

Total possible



Points needed for credit



Participation: This seminar is based in dicussion, demonstrations, and in-class activities, so participating is very important. You can earn participation points by asking questions and participating in discussions in class, and/or by posting questions and articles in the "General Discussion" section of our GoPost board.

Assignments: This course will include four assignments. For each, you'll research a specific topic, read an assigned text or watch a lectiure online, then share information from the assignments in class.

  • Download and turn-in assignments in the "Assignments" section of our GoPost board. You need to post all assignments online to receive credit.
  1. Leadership - Important Women in CS: Research a leader in the tech industry, and share her profile with the class (Due 1/12)
  2. Majors - Your options as a UW student: Collect and share info about a computing-related major (Due 1/19)
  3. Experiences - Talking with Women in the field: Read and discuss first-person narratives from women computer scientists (Due 2/2)
  4. Ideas - Inventions with Computer Science: Watch a (fun) lecture, and bring the big ideas to class (Due 2/9)

    + Panel Questions: We’ll have two panels, one with current majors and one with alumni. Please think of questions in advance! Asking questions will count toward your participation points.

Make-up assignments: Make-up assignments are possible if you must miss a class, but should be approved in advance and must be posted to your web site or blog along with assignments 1-4.


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