Basic Information

This course is the computer science department’s introductory course. The two primary goals are to introduce the general field of computer science and to introduce the concept of programming.

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Readings before class - ZyBook "participation" activities and readings are due before the class they are assigned.  Each section usually takes on average 10 minutes complete (although some might take a little more time and some might take a little less time).  "Challenge" activities are optional and may be used as examples in class. Chapter sections marked as optional will not be graded, but they will better help you understand Python.

Topics/Notes - Any class notes will be linked here. If you miss a class, screencasts are provided through eLearning. (Note - screencasts are only meant as note suppliments. You may miss things written on the board or in-class activities/bonus points.)

Assignments - Assignments should be submitted on the program submission system before they are due. The system will automatically run your program and report any errors. If you do not understand what the system means if it returns an error, it is your responsibility to ask. Assignments can be turned in up to two days late with a 10% penalty deducted per day.




Date Readings before class Topics/Notes Assignments
8/26 Get the online textbook:
Instructions here
Intro - Course Introductions No programming assignment this first week.
8/28 zyBook 1.1 - 1.2 Session One - Understanding the history and basics of computers  
8/29   Lab #1 in WRT 112 (check your assigned lab times)  
8/30 zyBook 1.3 Session Two - Numerical representation  
9/2
NO CLASS - Holiday  
9/4 zyBook 1.4 - 1.7 Session Three - Finish numerical representation, Lab #2 Programming Preperation  
9/5   Lab #2 in WRT 112  
9/6
zyBook 1.8 - 1.10 Session Four - Starting to write programs
(Notes and examples from zyBook)
HW #1 (due 9/11 at 11:59pm)
9/9 zyBook 1.11 - 1.13 Session Five - More with data and types
(Notes and examples from zyBook)
 
9/11 zyBook 2.1 - 2.2 Session Six - Introducing Branching in Python
(Notes and examples from zyBook)
 
9/12   Lab #3 in WRT 112  
9/13 zyBook 2.3 - 2.4 Session Seven - Boolean and Relational Operators
(Notes and examples from zyBook)
HW #2 (due 9/18 at 11:59pm)
9/16 zyBook 2.5 Session Eight - More if/else
(Notes and examples from zyBook)
 
9/18 zyBook 3.1 - 3.3
Session Nine - Introducing For and While Loops  
9/19   Lab #4 in WRT 112  
9/20
zyBook 3.4 - 3.5 Session Ten - Lab Debrief and More Practice HW #3 (due 9/25 at 11:59pm)
9/23 zyBook 3.6 - 3.7 Session Eleven - Advanced Looping  
9/25 zyBook 3.8 - 3.9 Session Twelve - Nested looping  
9/26   Lab #5 in WRT 112  
9/27 Session Thirteen- Lab Debrief
HW #4 (due 10/2 at 11:59pm)
9/30 Powerpoint notes Session Fourteen- Algorithms and Program Development  
10/2 zyBook 4.1 - 4.2 Session Fifteen - Introduction to Strings  
10/3   Lab #6 in WRT 112  
10/4   Session Sixteen - Working with Strings HW #5 (due 10/9 at 11:59pm)
10/7 zyBook 4.3 - 4.4 Session Seventeen - More with Strings - Methods  
10/9 zyBook 4.5 Session Eighteen - More with Strings - Penny Math  
10/10   Lab #7 in WRT 112  
10/11   Session Nineteen - Lab Debrief  
10/14   Session Twenty- Exam prep, various examples, and wrap up  
10/16 Note: Test in Sabin 102 In-class Exam #1  
10/17 Note: Test in 112 Wright Hall In-lab Exam #1  
10/18 zyBook 5.1-5.2 Session Twenty One - Files  
10/21   Session Twenty Two - More Files
10/23 zyBook 6.1-6.2 Session Twenty Three - Defining your own functions (zyBook used in class) HW #6 (due 10/28 at 11:59pm)
10/24
  Lab #8 in WRT 112  
10/25 zyBook 6.4 Session Twenty Four - Lab 8 Debrief, more on functions  
10/28   Session Twenty Five - Function wrapup, code comments  
10/30 zyBook 7.1-7.3 Session Twenty Six - Introducing Lists
10/31   Lab #9 in WRT 112  
11/1 zyBook 7.4-7.5 Session Twenty Seven - More Lists HW #7 (due 11/6 at 11:59pm)
11/4 zyBook 7.7-7.8
Session Twenty Eight - Lists - Indexing and Sorting  
11/6 Read class handouts Session Twenty Nine- Intro to Functional Decomposition  
11/7
  Lab #10 in WRT 112  
11/8 zyBook 10.1 - 10.2 No class today (gone to student conference)
Watch THIS VIDEO
Session Thirty - More Design
HW #8 (due 11/13 in class)
Only deliverable is design document
Grading Codes
11/11
zyBook 10.3 - 10.4 Session Thirty One - Design Wrap-Up  
11/13 Session Thirty Two - Using Files and Lists to Parse Text
HW #9 (due 11/20 at 11:59pm)

11/14   Lab #11 in WRT 112  
11/15 Session Thirty Three - Introduction to Dictionaries

11/18 zyBook 8.1 and 8.2 Session Thirty Four - Word Frequency Analysis  
11/20 zyBook 8.3 and 8.4 Session Thirty Five- Namespaces and Memory HW #10 (due 12/4 at 11:59pm)

11/21   Lab #12 in WRT 112  
11/22
  Review of Lab Twelve
12/2 zyBook 9.1 Session Thirty Five - Sets  
12/4 zyBook 11.1-11.3 Session Thirty Six - Intro to Searching HW #11 (due 12/9 at 11:59pm)
12/5   Lab #13 in WRT 112  
12/6   Session Thirty Seven - Review Searching and Big O Analysis
12/9 Bonus reading for +5 points Intro to Sorting  
12/11   Session Thirty Eight - In-class review session  
12/12 Note: Test in 112 Wright Hall In-Lab Exam #2
 
12/13   Session Forty - Final Review  
12/17 Final Exam for class that meets at 11am MWF 10:00am-11:50am in SAB 102  
12/18 Final Exam for class that meets at 9am MWF 10:00am-11:50am in SAB 102