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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

March 22nd: Assignment 3 released

It's posted on the course Assignments page.

March 19th: We will be re-checking everyone's Question 3a/3.1 of Prelim 1

It has come to our attention that several students mis-read question 3(a) "What does the Call Stack look like?". Because our rubrics were written in the context of the correct reading of the question, they did not effectively assess student understanding of call frames in the context of the mis-reading of the question. In order to rectify this, we will be revisiting everyone's answer to 3(a) (regardless of whether you submit a regrade request), re-evaluating answers where appropriate. Note: our assessment of your scores will not change. If we originally thought your score was deserving of a B and your score does not change, neither does our assessment of your performance.

March 14th: Prelim 1 grades announcements have been sent out.

Two emails have been sent to all students, one from Gradescope and one from CMS.

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