Spring 2022 - CMPT 120 D400
Introduction to Computing Science and Programming I (3)
Class Number: 6256
Delivery Method: In Person
An elementary introduction to computing science and computer programming, suitable for students with little or no programming background. Students will learn fundamental concepts and terminology of computing science, acquire elementary skills for programming in a high-level language, e.g. Python. The students will be exposed to diverse fields within, and applications of computing science. Topics will include: pseudocode; data types and control structures; fundamental algorithms; recursion; reading and writing files; measuring performance of algorithms; debugging tools; basic terminal navigation using shell commands. Treatment is informal and programming is presented as a problem-solving tool. Students with credit for CMPT 102, 128, 130 or 166 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have taken CMPT 125, 129, 130 or 135 first may not then take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.
An elementary introduction to computing science and computer programming, suitable for students with little or no programming background. Students will learn fundamental concepts and terminology of computing science, acquire elementary skills for programming in a high-level language and be exposed to diverse fields within, and applications of computing science. Most if not all course components (lectures, assignments, and exams) will be in an online format. Students must have access to a computer with internet access and a webcam. Some components of the course may require real-time participation during the scheduled lecture and/or exam times. CMPT 120 PLACEMENT TEST – do you have enough computing knowledge to pass our placement test? Have you taken Computing Science courses in High School or elsewhere? Have you worked in a business or volunteered as a computer programmer? Have you written programs of 200-300 lines of code or more? IF YES you may NOT have to take CMPT 120 and could enroll directly into the next required courses – CMPT 125 and 127. Challenge yourself and take our placement test. https://courses.cs.sfu.ca/forms/cmpt-cmpt-120-placement-test/ IF NO – please go ahead and enroll in CMPT 120 – don’t forget to choose your lab before you try to enroll.
- History of computing science
- Algorithms and computational thinking
- Procedural programming in Python
- Data types and control structures
- Application areas within computing science
- Fundamental algorithms, including searching, sorting, basics of recursion
- Computability and complexity, introduction
- Basics of binary encoding
There will be assignments and multiple quizzes/exams. A more detailed marking scheme will be provided in the first class of the semester.
Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Computer Science Illuminated, 5th Edition, Nell Dale, John Lewis, Jones & Bartlett, 2012, 9781449672843
Starting out with Programming Logic and Design, 4th Edition, Tony Gaddis, Pearson, 2015, 9780133985078
Starting Out with Python-4th Edition, Tony Gaddis, Pearson, 2017, 9780134543666
Think Python - How to Think Like a Computer Scientist , Allen Downey, Green Tea Press, Free Download: http://greenteapress.com/thinkpython2/thinkpython2.pdf
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