CS 111

Introduction to
Computer Science I

September 3

Please complete Lab 0 ASAP.

If you did not receive a copy of the lecture notes and syllabus in lecture today, there are PDF versions available using the lectures link at left. You may need to login to Blackboard Learn using your Kerberos username and password in order to access the lecture materials.

In addition, the lectures page includes a reading assignment and pre-lecture reading quiz for Friday’s lecture. You should complete the quiz by 9 a.m. on Friday morning.

Welcome!

The first lectures for the fall semester will be held on September 3. Labs will not meet during that first week.

For more information, consult the syllabus or contact Dr. Sullivan.

Course information

Course description
The first course for computer science majors and anyone seeking a rigorous introduction. Develops computational problem-solving skills by programming in the Python language, and exposes students to variety of other topics from computer science and its applications.
Prerequisites
None.
Instructor
David G. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer on Computer Science
(see the staff page for contact information and office hours)
Lectures
section A1: MWF, 10-11, KCB 101
section B1: MWF, 12-1, COM 101
Labs
All students must attend a one-hour lab session in the CS teaching lab, EMA 304. The lab sections are completely interchangeable. Students enrolled in the A lecture may enroll in a B lab, and vice versa.
Requirements
  • Weekly problem sets and final project (40% of the final grade)
  • Two midterm exams (25%)
  • Final exam (25%)
  • Pre-lecture reading quizzes (5%)
  • Attendance at and participation in both the lectures and labs (5%)
Textbook
CS for All by Christine Alvarado, Zachary Dodds, Geoff Kuenning, and Ran Libeskind-Hadas. This is an online textbook that is available here.
Clicker
You will need a Turning Technologies Response Card RF clicker (ISBN 9781934931394) for use during lecture. If you have purchased a clicker for another BU course in the past, you should be able to use it for this course as well.