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CS 1110: Introduction to Computing Using Python

Fall 2015

Instructor: Walker White

451 Gates Hall


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Course Description

CS 1110: Introduction to Computing using Python            Fall, spring, summer. 4 credits.
Assumes basic high school mathematics (no calculus) but no programming experience.

Programming and problem solving using Python. Emphasizes principles of software development, style, and testing. Topics include procedures and functions, iteration, recursion, arrays and vectors, strings, an operational model of procedure and function calls, algorithms, exceptions, object-oriented programming, and GUIs (graphical user interfaces). Weekly labs provide guided practice on the computer, with staff present to help. Assignments use graphics and GUIs to help develop fluency and understanding.

Forbidden Overlap: Due to a partial overlap in content, students will receive 6 credits instead of 8 if they take CS 1110 and one of the following: CS 1112, CS 1114, CS 1115, BEE 1510.

Expected Outcomes

  1. Be fluent in the use of procedural statements — assignments, conditional statements, loops, method calls — and arrays. Be able to design, code, and test small Python programs that meet requirements expressed in English. This includes a basic understanding of top-down design.
  2. Understand the concepts of object-oriented programming as used in Python: classes, subclasses, properties, inheritance, and overriding.
  3. Have knowledge of basic searching and sorting algorithms. Have knowledge of the basics of vector computation.

For more information on the course, see the syllabet.

Graduate Students: Students who wish to learn Python solely for use in their research are heavily discouraged from taking this class. Graduate students and researchers should instead take CS 1133, a 1 credit course in Python. That course covers some of the material in this course without as much computer science.


The times for all prelims and the final are given here. Please notify us as soon as possible if you have any conflicts.

Course Material Authors: D. Gries, L. Lee, S. Marschner, & W. White (over the years)