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CS 1110: Introduction to Computing Using Python

Spring 2018


Prof. Anne Bracy, 452 Gates Hall, cs1110-prof@cornell.edu

Prof. Lillian Lee, 419 Gates Hall, cs1110-prof@cornell.edu


Emergency contact number: to contact "anyone in charge" about a matter affecting more than you (and your group), email cs1110-staff@cornell.edu, which reaches the TAs and supervising consultants as well as the instructors and administrative assistant. For example, use this email if there aren't any staff members at a scheduled office hour.

Latest Announcements

May 23rd: Grades released

Your A5 grade, final-exam grade, and grade for the course have been posted to CMS. Due to tight grade-submission deadlines, we did not have a regrade period for A5. To view your course grade in CMS, you may need to click on some text near the top of the CS1110 CMS page that says "Show Final Grade" (with "Show" in red: click on the "Show"). These grades have also been entered into Faculty Center and should propagate to Student Center within 24 hours.

We spent considerable time thinking about individual students whose grades were near borders of various grade levels, reviewing their work, factoring in lab scores, and checking our records for extenuating circumstances. Given the care we took in determining these cutoffs, we will not be making any grade changes. We did not assign any A+s.

The course staff are now or will soon be broadly dispersed around the globe, and we need to move on to other responsibilities (beginning, alas, with an all-day faculty meeting tomorrow). So we will not be able to respond to questions about A5 or course grades.

We enjoyed spending the semester with you all and wish you the best in your further computing adventures!

Profs. Bracy and Lee

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 may use graphics and GUIs to help develop fluency and understanding.

Permission Note: Students may not enroll in CS 1110 if they have taken or are co-enrolled in CS 2110/ENGRD 2110, or CS 2112, or have taken or are co-enrolled in a course offered or cross-listed with a CS course numbered 3000 or above.. Students who have affiliated with the computer-science major may not enroll.

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, INFO 1100.

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 (ABET syllabus).

Course Material by: E. Andersen, A. Bracy, D. Gries, L. Lee, S. Marschner, C. Van Loan, W. White