Course Info


Course Description

An introduction to computer programming — the concepts involved in using a high-level language and the program development process. The goal of this course is proficiency in the design and implementation of programs of significant size and complexity. This course is quite demanding because of the length of the programming exercises assigned. This is the first course in the computer science major sequence.

Prerequisites: Math 140 credits or placement; or Math 130 with a B or higher in the previous semester; or permission of the instructor.

This course meets program outcome 1d (be proficient in at least one in-demand programming language). Students who successfully complete this course will be able to tackle computational challenges that they might encounter later in their careers. Students interested in computer science will be well-prepared to delve deeper into the field and students in science and engineering will be able to incorporate computation into their studies.

Course Staff

Name Role Email Office Hours
Swami Iyer Instructor siyer@cs.umb.edu M-3-201-14 In-person: Tue Thu 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM and 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Remote: Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Zoom link)
Aayush Shrivastava Teaching Assistant a.shrivastava001@umb.edu M-3-201-10 Mon Wed 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Jenna Kim Teaching Assistant jiehyun.kim001@umb.edu M-3-201-10 Tue Thu 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Prabin Sharma Teaching Assistant prabin.sharma001@umb.edu M-3-201-10 Tue 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Thu 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ramsey Harrison Teaching Assistant ramsey.harrison001@umb.edu M-3-201-10 Mon Wed 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Kenichi Maeda Lab Assistant kenichi.maeda001@umb.edu M-3-201-10 Mon Fri 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Kenilkumar Patel Lab Assistant kenilkumar.patel001@umb.edu TBD TBD
Prateeksha Bhojaraj Lab Assistant p.bhojaraj001@umb.edu TBD TBD
Serhii Klindukh Lab Assistant serhii.klindukh001@umb.edu TBD TBD
MuhammadMoiz Amjad Supplemental Instruction Leader m.amjad001@umb.edu - -

Sessions

Class

We will have two lectures per week, during which I will present the material from the slides. I strongly recommend skimming through the material before each lecture, and reading it again thoroughly soon after.

Section When Where
1-8 Tue Thu 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Y-2-2300

Discussion

Starting from the second week, there will be a discussion every week. The focus of the discussion for a particular week will be the current project assignment. The teaching assistant (TA) will systematically walk you through the project writeup, which contains simple programming exercises on concepts related to the project and the project problems along with directions on how to approach those problems. The TA will also answer any specific questions you may have about the project, or the course material in general. You may also seek help from the lab assistant (LA) who will be assisting the TA during the discussions. The discussions will be worthwhile only if you go to the sessions having read the project writeup thoroughly and have at least a moderate understanding of the exercises and problems involved. The TA and LA will assume that you have done the reading in advance.

Section When Where TA LA
1 Tue 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM W-1-0041 Aayush Shrivastava Kenilkumar Patel
2 Thu 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM M-2-0417 Jenna Kim Prateeksha Bhojaraj
3 Tue 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM W-1-0043 Aayush Shrivastava Kenilkumar Patel
4 Thu 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM W-1-0019 Jenna Kim Kenichi Maeda
5 Tue 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM M-2-0419 Prabin Sharma Serhii Klindukh
6 Thu 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM M-2-0419 Ramsey Harrison Serhii Klindukh
7 Tue 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM W-1-0042 Prabin Sharma Prateeksha Bhojaraj
8 Thu 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM W-1-0042 Ramsey Harrison Prateeksha Bhojaraj

Supplemental Instruction

As part of the College of Science and Mathematics Freshman Success Program, supplemental instruction (SI) is available to all CS110 students free of charge. The SI sessions will also start from the second week. The focus of the sessions for a particular week will be the material covered in class during the previous week. The SI leader will walk you through the relevant lecture notes and solve problems. In addition, the SI leader will answer any specific questions you may have about the current project assignment, or the course material in general. The SI sessions are optional, but highly recommended, especially if you feel like you are falling behind in the course. You may attend as few or as many sessions as you like. You will receive extra-credit points for attending and participating in the sessions (see the Grading section below).

When Where
Mon 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM W-1-0012
Wed 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM W-1-0012
Thu 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM W-1-0019
Sat 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Remote (Zoom link)

Tutoring

Tutoring for this course is available through the Subject Tutoring Program.

Text

Introduction to Programming in Python: An Interdisciplinary Approach by Robert Sedgewick, Kevin Wayne, and Robert Dondero

This text offers an excellent introduction to computing principles, motivating each principle by examining its impact on specific applications drawn from fields ranging from materials science to genomics to astrophysics to internet commerce.

Grading

Assessments

Item % of Final Grade
Projects (best 5 out of 6) 25
Exams (1 and 2) 70
Participation 5

Scale

% Score Grade
[93, 100] A
[90, 93) A-
[87, 90) B+
[83, 87) B
[80, 83) B-
[77, 80) C+
[73, 77) C
[70, 73) C-
[67, 70) D+
[63, 67) D
[60, 63) D-
[0, 60) F

Note:

To calculate your current course grade, visit the What’s My Grade? website.

Piazza

We will use Piazza as the online discussion forum for the course. If you have any general questions about the projects, lectures, textbook, or other course material, the most effective way to get them resolved is by posting them on Piazza. You can expect your questions to be answered by the course staff or one of your classmates. Remember that you can post anonymously, but you are anonymous only to your classmates and not to the course staff.

Gradescope

We will use Gradescope to grade your quizzes, projects, and exams.

Programming Environment

To write and execute Python programs in this course, you will need a laptop (Linux, Mac, or Windows) properly configured with the necessary software. Click here for setup instructions.

CS Account

In order to use the computing resources of the department, and in particular, those in the CS Lab (M-3-7-0031), you need to setup a CS account. With your CS account credentials, you can connect to our designated server (users.cs.umb.edu) remotely using SSH. With the same credentials, you can also sign into the Linux systems in the CS Lab. In addition, you can sign into the Windows systems in the lab with the same username and an initial password abcd_1234, which you must change the first time you sign in.

Visit CS Labs Portal to register for a portal/CS account and confirm via email. If you already have a CS account, use the same username. The next step is to sign into the portal and select your courses for the term. You will be notified via your UMB email once the course directories and your account are created.

Policies

Classroom

Piazza

Collaboration

Read the handout cs110_collaboration.pdf.

Academic Honesty

Cheating on the projects or exams constitutes a violation of the academic honesty code, and will be handled according to the procedures delineated in the Student Code of Conduct, Appendix B.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 offers guidelines for curriculum modifications and adaptations for students with documented disabilities. If applicable, students may obtain adaptation recommendations from the Ross Center for Disability Services. The student must present these recommendations and discuss them with the instructor within a reasonable period, preferably by the end of Add/Drop period.

Qualities for Success

Qualities needed to succeed in this course and as a programmer in general (taken from the article 10 Signs You Will Suck at Programming by Jonathan Bluks): curiosity, resourcefulness, persistence, excitement, patience, concentration, independence, focus, creativity, and meticulousness.