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
1/14 Get the online textbook:
Instructions here
Intro - Course Introductions No programming assignment this first week.
1/16 zyBook 1.1 - 1.2 Session One - Understanding the history and basics of computers  
1/17   Lab #1 in WRT 112 (check your assigned lab times)  
1/18 zyBook 1.3 Session Two - Numerical representation  
1/21
NO CLASS - Holiday  
1/23 zyBook 1.4 - 1.7 Session Three - Finish numerical representation, Lab #2 Programming Preperation  
1/24   Lab #2 in WRT 112  
1/25
zyBook 1.8 - 1.10 Session Four - Starting to write programs
(Notes and examples from zyBook)
HW #1 (due 1/30 at 11:59pm)
1/28 zyBook 1.11 - 1.12 Session Five - More with data and types
(Notes and examples from zyBook)
 
1/30 zyBook 2.1 - 2.2 Session Six - Introducing Branching in Python
(Notes and examples from zyBook)
 
1/31   Lab #3 in WRT 112  
2/1 zyBook 2.3 - 2.4 Session Seven - Boolean and Relational Operators
(Notes and examples from zyBook)
HW #2 (due 2/6 at 11:59pm)
2/4 zyBook 2.5 Session Eight - More if/else
(Notes and examples from zyBook)
 
2/6 zyBook 3.1 - 3.3
Session Nine - Introducing For and While Loops  
2/7   Lab #4 in WRT 112  
2/8
zyBook 3.4 - 3.5 Session Ten - Lab Debrief and More Practice HW #3 (due 2/13 at 11:59pm)
2/11 zyBook 3.6 - 3.7 Session Eleven - Advanced Looping  
2/13 zyBook 3.8 - 3.9 Session Twelve - Nested looping  
2/14   Lab #5 in WRT 112  
2/15 Session Thirteen- Lab Debrief
HW #4 (due 2/20 at 11:59pm)
2/18 Powerpoint notes Session Fourteen- Algorithms and Program Development  
2/20 zyBook 4.1 - 4.2 Session Fifteen - Introduction to Strings  
2/21   Lab #6 in WRT 112  
2/22   Session Sixteen - Working with Strings HW #5 (due 2/27 at 11:59pm)
2/25 zyBook 4.3 - 4.4 Session Seventeen - More with Strings - Methods  
2/27 zyBook 4.5
No class, watch screencast
Direct link to video
Session Eighteen - More with Strings - Penny Math  
2/28   Lab #7 in WRT 112  
3/1 No class, watch screencast
Direct link to video
Session Nineteen - Lab Debrief  
3/4   Session Twenty- Exam prep, various examples, and wrap up  
3/6 Note: Test in Sabin 102 In-class Exam #1  
3/7 Note: Test in 112 Wright Hall In-lab Exam #1  
3/8 zyBook 5.1-5.2 No class, instructor sickness  
3/11   Session Twenty Two - Files HW #6 (due 3/15 at 11:59pm)
3/13 zyBook 6.1-6.2 Session Twenty Three - Defining your own functions (zyBook used in class)
3/14
  Lab #8 in WRT 112  
3/15 zyBook 6.4 Session Twenty Four - Lab 8 Debrief, more on functions