Distributed Education

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Undergraduate students are utilizing new technologies to fit educational goals into busy work and family lives. Distributed education offers flexibility and accessibility that would not otherwise be possible in a classroom setting. Students taking DE courses will spend less time on campus than students who are engaged in more traditional courses. CSCI distributed education courses offer an alternative for viewing lectures at home, work, or on any computer with a disk drive at any time during the day or night. Students follow a typical course schedule that runs parallel to a classroom setting with the same exercises, exams and projects. For many, distributed education helps meet educational goals while avoiding the hassles of driving to campus and parking several times a week.

Optional Lab: Optional on-campus help sessions are available to students throughout the semester. Students are not required to be on campus at all during the semester but may choose to attend some of the on-campus help sessions for face to face interaction with an instructor.

We typically offer the following courses through Distributed Education:
(Please check the current Schedule of Classes for a current list of Distributed Education courses.)

  • CSCI N100: Introduction to Computers & Computing 
  • CSCI N201: Programming Concepts 
  • CSCI N207: Data Analysis Using Spreadsheets 
  • CSCI N241: Introduction to Web Development 
  • CSCI N301: Fundamental Computer Science Concepts 
  • CSCI N331: Visual Basic Programming 
  • CSCI N335: Advanced Programming, Visual Basic .Net
  • CSCI N341: Introduction to Client-Side Web Programming 
  • CSCI N342: Server-Side Programming for the Web 
  • CSCI N351: Introduction to Multimedia Programming 
  • CSCI N355: Introduction to Virtual Reality 
  • CSCI N361: Fundamentals of Software Project Management
  • CSCI N431: E-Commerce with ASP.Net 


Minimal Requirements
The minimum requirements for a computer to play the lectures is as follows:

  • 350 megahertz (MHz) Intel Pentium II processor or equivalent
  • 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM (128MB on Windows XP or later)
  • 52 MB available disk space
  • 16-bit sound card and speakers
  • 65,000-color video display card set to display at 800x600 (video)
  • Windows 98 SE, Windows ME, Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or later (playback only), Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2 or later, or Windows XP
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or later
  • CD, CDRW, or DVD
  • An internet connection.

Check with the instructor of the course to gather the hardware/software requirements for the course as requirements vary per class. Please note that Distributed Education courses require both the lectures on CD or DVD as well as textbooks according to instructor syllabi. Please see the syllabus of the course online in order to determine textbook requirements.