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General Chat Thread, A nice rant from The Register in General; You won't learn much at Uni comp sci in the course itself. You have to learn around it and do ...
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    You won't learn much at Uni comp sci in the course itself. You have to learn around it and do alot of extra hours, how many will do this? Not many.

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    As has been said before Comp Sci is not ICT and it's not programming. Comp Sci should be a very heavy maths and logic course taught from first principles. To be honest this style of course is only taught at very few Universities eg MIT -
    Computer Science at MIT is a bit different from programs offered at most other universities. Many potential students really don't understand what it's all about here. It's NOT about "applications programming," or "data processing" or "web design". "Systems analyst" is not the sort of job to which our students aspire after they graduate (by sophomore year it's easy to get on-campus jobs keeping systems running). At MIT one starts out by learning about dealing with complexity, modelling and abstraction, and goes on to study computer architecture (how to design computer systems), artificial intelligence, modelling, and theory. There is quite a bit of advanced mathematics. Computer Science studies how to make computers faster, more efficient, and more intelligent. Graduates of Computer Science have the ability to perform a wide range of jobs. The breadth of their studies allows them to learn quickly the variety of languages and machines used in industry. The depth of study gives a better understanding of the problem and how to solve it. The curriculum is as intensive as electrical engineering. You can't get a big jump on the major by studying programming in high school.
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    I think some here are misunderstanding what the purpose of a Comp Sci degree is. Sure, you get taught in Java. Or you get shown how to use a specific tool for running testcases but that is to allow you to understand the concepts behind it all.

    The thing I was told in my first year was 'you are not here to learn you how to program in any languages. We are here to teach you how to learn any language'. ie. the course is to train you how to learn properly.

    Anyone going in to a Comp Sci degree expecting simply to be taught how to build business applications is going to be in for a big shock.

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