Biology 361 = Computer Science 361
Bryn Mawr College
Welcome to the home page for a one-semester course at Bryn Mawr College, spring semester, 2006. Students (and visitors) should be aware that this is a "non-traditional" science course is several respects.
- "Emergence" is an evolving interdisciplinary exploration rather than an existing and well-defined field of study. Students will accordingly be expected to work with faculty in the identification and exploration of relevant materials, and will make available on the web a critical commentary on one of a number of books discussing this newly evolving field.
- Concepts in this area are largely dependent on the development of intuitions gained by making and observing computer models. Students will accordingly devote a significant amount of their time to the exploration and development of such models, and will be expected to complete a final modelling project in a form suitable for public display on the web.
- Students will also be expected to contribute to the education of others in this class and elsewhere by regular participation in a public blog for ongoing discussion of readings and other course activities.
Park Room 246B
Park Room 106
- Active participation in all class sessions
- Timely completion of assigned readings (available on the web or as handouts)
- Participation at least weekly in a public course blog
- A midterm paper reviewing a relevant book and made available on the web
- A final course project consisting of a computer model and analysis of its behavior
Midterm paper and presentation 30 %
Final project and presentation 30%
Participation in class 20 %
Participation in on-line blog 20%
Students who think they may need accommodations in this course because of the impact of a disability are encouraged to meet with either course instructor early in the semester. Students should also contact Stephanie Bell, Coordinator of Access Services, at 610-526-7351 in Canwyll House, as soon as possible, to verify their eligibility for reasonable accommodations. Early contact will help to avoid unnecessary inconvenience and delays.