Introduction to Computer Science I
Most of the course materials are available on this site using the links in the navigation bar.
The lecture materials (including pre-lecture tasks) and the course announcements are found on Blackboard.
- Course description
- The first course for computer science majors and anyone seeking a rigorous introduction. Develops computational problem-solving skills by programming in the Python language, and exposes students to a variety of other topics from computer science and its applications.
- David G. Sullivan, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer
- Christine Papadakis-Kanaris, Lecturer
(see the staff page for contact information and office hours)
- section A1: MWF, 10:10-11:00 am, CAS 522
section B1: MWF, 11:15 am-12:05 pm, CAS 224
section C1: MWF, 12:20-1:10 pm, KCB 101
All students must attend a one-hour lab session.
The lab sections are interchangeable. For example, you could be enrolled in the A1 lecture and a B or C lab section.
- Weekly problem sets and final project (40% of the final grade)
- Exams: two midterm exams (20%) and a final exam (30%)
- Preparation and participation (10%)
To pass the course, you must earn a passing grade for each of these three components.
- CS for All by Christine Alvarado, Zachary Dodds, Geoff Kuenning, and Ran Libeskind-Hadas. This is an online textbook that is available here.
- In-Class Software
We will be using the Top Hat platform for in-class activities and attendance. More information will be provided in lecture.
- This course is based closely on the CS for All curriculum developed at Harvey Mudd College by Christine Alvarado, Zachary Dodds, Geoff Kuenning, and Ran Libeskind-Hadas. We have also drawn on extensions to that curriculum by Daniel Hyde and his colleagues at Bucknell University.