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Course Update: Computing Everywhere Winter 2020!

You already know that software, data and algorithms are everywhere today. Have you ever wondered how they work? Or wanted to know more about programming, so you could feel smarter talking to an engineer/coder on a project or in a job interview?

This winter, check out COMM ST 159 Computing Everywhere, a zero-credit seminar with 5 weeks of evening (choose Tuesdays at Willard or Wednesdays at Shepard, 7-9 pm) workshops aimed at all NU students without a technical background.

Wait, zero credits? Right. It’ll show up as a class on your transcript and you’ll be graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis based on your attendance. No graded homework or exams. Show up and participate, and you’ll get a ‘satisfactory’. 

What are the topics? This winter, topics include:  understanding automation scripts, data and computational journalism, working with cloud computing, artificial intelligence and social network analysis.

It’s really just 5 weeks? Yup, the course will meet once per week, for 2 hours per session during the first 5 weeks of the quarter. You pick the Tuesday or Wednesday section. Then it’s done and you’ll have more time for midterms and projects and whatever else comes up. That’s it!

Do I need to be a programmer? No. If you can write code, you know too much for this course. It’s designed for beginners.

Will I become a programmer? Probably not after just this seminar, but you’ll be in great shape to start learning to code on your own or take more courses! 

Sounds cool, but next quarter I’m already really busy with 18 courses, studying abroad, doing 4 internships, etc.  What do I do? We will offer this in the spring too, with an updated list of topics each quarter. We will also offer it in different formats sometimes. Watch for more info on our web site and in your inbox! 

What if I’ve already taken it once? You can do it again, up to six times! No problem.

How do I sign up? Register for COMM ST 159 in CAESAR as you would for any course. Because it’s zero credits, it won’t increase your credit count, tuition, etc..

Have more questions? Check out the web site or contact Jeremy Birnholtz (, course coordinator.