the first semester course in computer science. It offers an
introduction to computer science and programming principles
using python as the programming language of instruction. We
will cover basic object oriented techniques, including
classes and objects. We will also cover the basic computer
science tools such as selection, definite and indefinite
repetition, methods and parameters. We will cover good
programming techniques and will reinforce them in this
At the end of the course students should be able to:
The midterm exam is scheduled on Thursday Oct 20th
The final exam will be scheduled by the university last exam is late this year, don't make travel plans before then.
Students with special needs:
Anyone who has special needs should contact me in the first week of classes so that reasonable accommodations can be agreed on.
See http://catalog.bridgew.edu/content.php?catoid=11&navoid=996#Academic_Integrity_and_Classroom_Conduct for a complete description of the academic integrity procedure at Bridgewater.
Academic integrity will be taken very seriously in this class. All individual work must be your own. If you cheat or otherwise represent the work of others as your own. You will receive an F for the course.
Guidelines for proper academic integrity:
Discussing problems with your classmates can help you understand the problems and kinds of solutions to those problems that you will learn about in this class. In an effort to make in clear what sort of discussions are appropriate and encouraged in this class and which cross the line to academic dishonesty I use the following guidelines: You may discuss any out of class problem I assign in this class with your classmates or other so long as no one is using any sort of recording implement including, but not limited to, computers, phones, pens, pencils, tablets etc. This lets you talk about theoretical solutions without sharing the actual implementations. As soon as anyone in the group is typing, writing etc, all conversations must stop. You may look at someone else's program code only very briefly in order to spot a simple syntax error. As a rule of thumb, if you find yourself looking at someone else's code for more than about 30-45 seconds it is probably time to stop. If you are having trouble with your program, come to the instructors office hours for more help.
All in class exams and quizzes are closed book and closed neighbor. If you are found using a data storage device of any kind during one of these evaluations, you will be failed for the course.
Standards for in class behavior:
You are all adults and are expected to act as adults in this class. While questions are encouraged in this class, if a particular line of questioning is taking us too far afield, I will ask the student to come by my office hours or to see me after class.
Cell phones, pagers, electronic organizers and other devises should be silenced while in class. If you work of EMS or something similar, please turn your cell phones/ pagers etc to vibrate mode so that you are not disrupting others in the class.
In the unlikely case of trouble makers in the class, those who are simply attempting to disrupt the class will be asked to stop; those who will not, will be referred to the college for appropriate action.
I do not take regular
attendance. Because of the census day regulations, I'll have to
take occasional attendance. You are adults and are paying for this
class. If you miss a class, you are expected to get notes from a
classmate and familiarize yourself with the material that was
covered before returning to class. I do find from dealing with
students in the past that attendance at lecture is highly
correlated with doing well in my classes.
|Week 1||Intro||intro assignment|
|Week 2||Basic Programming and math in python||first program|
|Week 3||simple graphics, using objects in python
|Week 4||I/O an simple sequences
|Week 5||functions and parameters
|Week 6||control structures
|Week 7||review and midterm
|Week 8||computers and society I
|Week 9||simple algorithms I (min/max/average etc)
|Week 11||collections and simple algorithms II (searching and
|Week 12||more advanced graphics and GUIs
|Week 13||Ethics and computers and Society II
|Week 14||Object oriented? Testing