This course presents an overview of computer science (CS) with an emphasis on problem-solving and computational thinking through 'coding': computer programming for beginners. Other topics include: organization of hardware, software, and how information is structured on contemporary computing devices. This course is pre-requisite to several introductory core courses in the CS Major. The course is also required for the CS minor. MATH 12500 or higher is strongly recommended as a co-req for intended Majors.

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The course has required synchronous lecture meetings on Tuesday mornings and required weekly quizzes (Lecture Preview + Lab Quiz) & programming assignments.
Instead of a scheduled recitation, you are responsible for independently working through the weekly Lab found in the "Handouts" column in the Course Outline below.
We will offer optional synchronous lab review sessions on Wednesdays for those who need more guidance to work through the labs.
There are 5 programming assignments due EACH WEEK ( exact due dates can be found here). Programming Assignments are directly related to Labs and Lectures.
Lecture notes will also be posted weekly in the "Handouts" column in Course Outline below.

weekly work

Required synchronous Lecture meeting: Tuesday 9:45-11:00am on Zoom Click here to find a link for the Lecture

Optional synchronous lab-review meeting: Wednesday 1-2:30pm Click here to find a link for the Lab Review
Note: The Lab is required, it is the synchronous meeting that is optional!

Peer-Mentor Tutoring: Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs) are available to help:

Useful Links:

Course Outline:

 Week:                       Topics: Handouts: Quiz: Reading:
#1 Lecture:
1 September
Syllabus & Class Policies, Introductions,
Introduction to Python: definite loops, simple output, primitive data types, overview of objects & modules;
What is an algorithm?

Programming Assignments,
Hello, World,
Hexagon example,
Fancier hexagon,
Lecture Notes
Think CS: Chapter 1 & Chapter 4
Lab & Quiz: Getting started with Python & IDLE;
Using modules and definite loops

Lab 1

Academic Integrity + Loops & Turtles
#2 Lecture:
8 September
Strings & Lists: looping through strings, console I/O, ASCII representation

Loop Puzzle 1,
Loop Puzzles 2,
Caesar Cipher example,
input() example,
Lecture notes
Think CS: Chapter 2 & Chapter 3
Lab & Quiz: String methods; Problem solving and the design process (simple parsing and translating)

Lab 2

Strings, Loops & Shell Commands
#3 Lecture:
15 September
Arithmetic; Indexing & Slicing; Colors, Hexadecimal notation;

Event Timing (Arithmetic Challenge), Slicing Challenges,
Color Challenges,
Lecture notes
Think CS: Section 8.11 & Chapter 11,
Numpy tutorial (DataCamp)
Lab & Quiz:
Arrays and images in numpy, hexadecimal representation of colors (image processing)

Lab 3

Indexing, Slicing, Colors & Shell Commands
19 September No classes, No drop-in tutoring
#4 Lecture:
22 September
More on Lists & Arrays; Images; Decisions;

Decision Challenges,,
Lecture notes
Think CS: Chapter 7 & Chapter 11
Lab & Quiz Programming with decisions & files (flood maps)

Lab 4

Loops, Decision, Numpy Arrays & Shell Commands
28- 29 September No Lecture, No drop-in tutoring
#5 Lecture:
6 October
Logical Expressions, Circuits, Binary Numbers;

Types & Decisions Challenges,
Logical Operators Challenges,
Basic Gates,
Circuit Challenge1,
Circuit Challenge2,
Lecture notes
Think CS: Chapter 7,
Burch's Logic & Circuits, Explain Logic Gates
Lab & Quiz: More on Decisions (snow pack);
Circuits & Logical Expressions

Lab 5

Circuits, Logical Expressions & Shell Commands
12 October No classes, No drop-in tutoring
#6 Lecture:
13 October
Accessing formatted data; Arithmetic Challenges,
List/String Challenges,
Lecture notes
Think CS: Chapter 6,
10-minutes to Pandas Tutorial,
DataCamp Pandas Tutorial,
Ubuntu Terminal Reference Sheet
Lab & Quiz: CSV files via pandas (population change);
Shell Scripts, github

Lab 6

Formatted Data & Shell Commands
#7 Lecture:
20 October
NYC OpenData,
Hello with main(),
Total & Tax Challenge,
Greet Example,
Happy Example,
Jam Example,
Month String Example,
NYC OpenData
Lecture notes
Think CS: Chapter 6,
10-minutes to Pandas Tutorial,
DataCamp Pandas Tutorial
Lab, Quiz, & Code Review: OpenData NYC (shelter data);
Using main() functions;
Python from the command line

Lab 7

#8 Lecture:
27 October
More Functions & Parameters; Decisions & Functions Example,
Dessert Exam Questions,
Foo example,
Lecture notes
Think CS: Chapter 6
Lab & Quiz: Binning data (parking tickets);
Top-down design (herd of turtles);
Command line git

Lab 8

Parameters & Functions
#9 Lecture:
3 November
Programming with Functions, Top-down Design;
Mapping GIS Data (Folium);
Random Number Generation;
Preview: Indefinite Loops
Sisters Example, num2string example,
Distance Check,
Random Walk,
Lecture notes
Think CS: Chapter 6,
folium tutorial
Lab & Quiz Folium/leaflet.js (mapping CUNY locations); Finding errors;
Regular expressions (command line)

Lab 9

Functions, Top-down Design & Shell Commands
#10 Lecture:
10 November
Indefinite Loops; Simulations;
Design Patterns: Max;

Nums & While,
Max Num, Random Search (turtles),
Lecture notes
Think CS: Chapter 8
Lab & Quiz More on Indefinite loops; Writing functions; unit testing

Lab 10

Indefinite Loops, Simulations & Shell Commands
#11 Lecture:
17 November

Python Recap;
Simplified Machine Language;
Design Patterns: Searching;

WeMIPS Emulator,
Lecture notes
U Idaho reference sheet, MIPS Wikibooks
Lab & Quiz Simplified machine language

Lab 11

Simplified Machine Language & Shell Commands
#12 Lecture:
24 November
Introduction to C++: program structure, data representation and I/O.

Final Exam Overview
cin/cout example,
convert example,
loops example,
growth example,
nested loops,
Lecture notes
Cplusplus Tutorial,
C++ Tutorials Point,
The Rook's Guide to C++
Lab & Quiz Using gcc

Lab 12

C++ & Shell Commands
#13 Lecture:
1 December
C++ control structures

Decision example (C++),
Logical Expressions (C++),
Input Checking (C++),
Input Checking, II (C++),
Growth Example (C++),

Lecture notes
Cplusplus Tutorial,
C++ Tutorials Point,
The Rook's Guide to C++
Lab & Quiz Control Structures in C++

Lab 13

C++ control structures
#14 Lecture:
8 December
Mock Exam Final Exam Information
Quiz No lab this week. Take advantage of drop-in tutoring for review!!! End-of-semester Survey
10-11 December Reading Day, No drop-in tutoring
MONDAY 14 December
Final Exam Final Exam Information
(This file was last modified on 27 August 2020.)