CS 1510: Introduction to Computing

Fall 2017

About the Course

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.

Introduction to software development through algorithmic problem solving and procedural abstraction. Programming in the small. Fundamental control structures, data modeling, and file processing. Significant emphasis on program design and style.

Schedule

Week Date Readings Sessions & Labs Assignments
1 Tue, 08/22 Intro to the course and computer science
Wed, 08/23 Lab 01: Getting started in the lab | responses
Thu, 08/24 ch.1 Intro to programming | slides
2 Tue, 08/29 ch.2 Variables and expressions | slides
Wed, 08/30 Lab 02: Getting started with Python
Thu, 08/31 ch.3 Data types | slides
3 Tue, 09/05 ch.4 Introducing conditionals and selection statements
Wed, 09/06 Lab 03: Conditionals and selection statements
Thu, 09/07 ch.4 Conditionals (continued) Assignment 1
4 Tue, 09/12 ch.5 Introducing repetition | slides
Wed, 09/13 Lab 04: Loops
Thu, 09/14 ch.5 Loops (continued) Assignment 2
5 Tue, 09/19 ch.5 Nested loops
Wed, 09/20 Lab 05: Loops-2
Thu, 09/21 Review and exam prep | code used in class Assignment 3
6 Tue, 09/26 Exam - 1a (concepts)
Wed, 09/27 Exam - 1b (programing)
Thu, 09/28 Algorithms and Program Development | slides
7 Tue, 10/03 ch.7 Introducing strings | slides
Wed, 10/04 Lab 06: Strings
Thu, 10/05 ch.7 String methods Assignment 4
8 Tue, 10/10 ch.7 String methods (continued) alphabet problem | slides
Wed, 10/11 Lab 07: Strings-2
Thu, 10/12 ch.12 Reading and writing files | slides Assignment 5 | worksheet
9 Tue, 10/17 Reading and writing files
Wed, 10/18 Lab 08: Lists
Thu, 10/19 ch.8 Lists | slides
10 Tue, 10/24 ch.6 Introducing functions | slides Assignment 6 | csv data
Wed, 10/25 Lab 09: Functions
Thu, 10/26 ch.6 Functions and lists (continued) | slides-1 | slides-2
11 Tue, 10/31 ch.8 Introducing dictionaries | slides-1 | slides-2 Assignment 7 | hw07.zip
Wed, 11/01 Lab 10: Dictionaries
Thu, 11/02 Review and exam prep
12 Tue, 11/07 Exam - 2a (concepts) Assignment 8 | hw8_data.csv | commenting style
Wed, 11/08 Exam - 2b (programing)
Thu, 11/09 Namespaces and Memory | slides
13 Tue, 11/14 Functional decomposition | slides
Wed, 11/15 Lab 11: Program design
Thu, 11/16 Program design (continued)
THANKSGIVING BREAK
14 Tue, 11/28 Introducing sets Assignment 9 | holy-grail.txt | stoplist.txt | html-functions.py
Wed, 11/29 Lab 12: Sets
Thu, 11/30 Intro to searching
15 Tue, 12/05 Intro to sorting Assignment 10
Wed, 12/06 Lab 13: Analyzing customer data
Thu, 12/07 Wrap-up and final review
16 Tue, 12/14 Final exam