Students will grasp the underlying principles of the technologies that have an impact on their lives and understand how those principles are related to real-world activities. CSCI A110 goes beyond traditional computer literacy by distinguishing a context from which the course content arises. The course goes to work dispelling the illusion that students are "doing computers" when they are at a keyboard or in front of a computer display.

In delivering real-world problems that are challenging against this new background, the students shift the way computers occur for them, and they become effective problem solvers. Students are left effective with technology in a way that is not something they forget, but something that they take home as their own and continue to apply to produce results anticipated and expected by the world in which they live.