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COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
There are computer applications in nearly every aspect of life. The Computer Applications course promotes the principles of proper and ethical use of computer resources at the Academy of Allied Health and Science. It emphasizes the use of the computer as a tool, and prepares students to make informed choices about the optimum utilization of that tool in a variety of situations that they are likely to encounter. The goal is to integrate the subject matter into a flexible, cohesive problem solving adventure. Through joint projects, laboratory investigations, field studies, lecture/discussion and individual and team research, the course will nurture an environment of cooperative learning and critical thinking. Learning will be very much student oriented as students select the specific areas of interest upon which their research will focus.
5 Credits

PRINCIPLES OF COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
This course covers a number of technologies that most students and practicing professionals will encounter nearly every day. The goal is to get the students beyond the point of just being users of computers and programs, to get them to learn about and understand some of the major computer technologies that are shaping the world.  They will acquire a level of comfort and familiarity with those technologies, an ability to apply them in their school work, an understanding of their health-oriented applications, and an appreciation of how these applications are likely to evolve in the future.  The specific technologies that are covered include:
  • the basics of computer hardware and software, operating systems, and the internet
  • web page and web site design using using raw HTML tags
  • medical informatics, the application of computer technology in medical contexts
  • client-server computing and dynamic web pages
  • topics in computer safety and security
  • an introduction to programming, using the Scratch, Python, and Processing languages
  • an introduction to Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
5 Credits

MEDIBOTICS
Medibotics is a hands-on course that focuses on creative problem solving and design using Lego robots. The course stresses the engineering design process, and we use Lego NXT kits along with motors, sensors, and programming in Robot C to design and build robots that can do various tasks. The last project is to build a Sumo robot, culminating in a battle against the other class robots. Students also are introduced to the wide array of biomedical engineering careers.
1.25 Credits