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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


OCT 11
OCT 18
OCT 25
NOV 15
NOV 22
NOV 29


First day!

Discussion: Why "Women in CSE?"

Presentations: Tech Leaders
Field trip! Microsoft
Panel: Internships!

Discussion: Exploring Majors

Panel: Current CSE majors

CSE Research Demo

Discussion: issues in CSE

CSE Research Demo


Due: Critical Response to assigned article
Due: Profile
of tech
Bring a question!
Due: Profile of assigned major
Bring a question!
Due: Critical Response to assigned article


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: Jenny Abrahamson, current CSE major!
Jenny is a great resource if you have questions about courses, internships, study abroad, research, or CSE student life

Course Goals:

  1. Explore computer science, including research, careers, and the contribution 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.



To receive credit for this course, you must earn at least 130 of 140 possible points, including all 40 Homework points and at least 90 (of 100 possible) Participation points. Participation points are earned by coming to class each week, participating in discussions, an asking questions of panelists and guest speakers.



10 per assignment


10 per class session

Total points possible in class


Points needed for credit in 190A


Participation:  This seminar is based in discussion, demonstrations, and in-class activities, so participating is very important. Your written assignments will provide a foundation for in-class discussion and presentation. While we maintain a fairly informal environment in this seminar, students should comple to class prepared for thoughtful and respectful discussion.

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. Why Women in CSE? This assignment introduces the purpose of this seminar
  2. Leadership - Important Women in CS: Research a leader in the tech industry, and share her profile with the class
  3. Majors - Your options as a UW student: Collect and share info about a computing-related major
  4. Experiences - Talking with Women in the fieldRead and discuss first-person narratives from women computer scientists

    + Panel Questions: We’ll have two panels, one with current majors and one with alumni. Please think of questions in advance! Panel questions are not part of a graded assignment.

Make-up assignments:  Make-up assignments are possible if you must miss more than one class, but it is highly preferable that you actually attend every week!




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