On guiding the business school toward computer literacy

Donald F. Costello, Richard J. Schonberger

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


In colleges and unversities around the country it is common to find that needs for new courses in computing are recognized long before suitable courses are made available. This is especially true for colleges of business administration. The needs have long been obvious, but staffing such courses internally is a slow process. Some colleges of business are well served by computer science departments, but in other schools the catalyst for getting started is lacking. This paper addresses the problem by describing the development of a service course in computing offered by the Department of Computer Science for the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska. The approach taken to course development postulated that if a course is to appeal to a college of business administration, it must appeal to the special needs and aptitudes of the typical business student. This particular service course concentrated on special behavioral objectives: need to develop man-machine interface skills, attention to developing self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment, and understanding the information processing concepts needed in business today. The pedagogical approach to attainment of these objectives also was carefully fashioned for the given audience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 1977
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Feb 2 1977
Event7th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 1977 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Feb 2 1977Feb 3 1977


Other7th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 1977
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications


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