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Course Description

Class Meeting Time

Instructor

Textbook

Grading

Attendance Policy

Accommodation

COMP 171: Principles of Computing Science I


Course Description

A disciplined introduction to problem-solving methods and program development. Topics include standard control structures, basic data structures, algorithms and abstraction mechanisms, testing, and an introduction to algorithm analysis.

Class Meeting Time

Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
11:00am-11:50pm
Williams Hall Room: 303

Tuesday:
9:25am-1:15am
Williams Hall Room: 303
January 22, 2013-May 13, 2013

Instructor

Paul Dickson
Phone: x41599, off campus (607) 274-1599
E-Mail: pdickson-at-ithaca.edu
Office: room 401A Williams Hall

Office Hours:
Tuesday 1:00-2:00pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:00-4:00pm
(Friday 3:00-4:00pm hours will only exist if someone says they will be attending)
by appointment

TA: Alex Wolf
E-Mail: awolf1-at-ithaca.edu
Lab Hours (for all TAs): (Williams room 303)
Monday 7:00-10:00pm
Tuesday 6:00-8:00pm
Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm
Thursday 9:00-10:00pm

Textbook

Required text:
Python Programming in Context
Bradley N. Miller and David L. Ranum

Grading

Course evaluation will be based on the ability of students to learn material. The ability to learn the material will be judged with the following weight:

30% Labs
20% Homework
20% Quizes
30% Final Exam

Attendance Policy

There is no specific attendance policy in this course. Since there will be many in class examples and quizes it is not advisable to skip class if you wish to learn the material.

Accommodation

Accommodation of students with disabilities: In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation will be provided to students with documented disabilities on a case by case basis. Students must register with the Office of Academic Support Services and provide appropriate documentation to the college before any academic adjustment will be provided.

Diminished mental health, including significant stress, mood changes, excessive worry, or problems with eating and/or sleeping can interfere with optimal academic performance. The source of symptoms might be strictly related to your course work; if so, please speak with me. However, problems with relationships, family worries, loss, or a personal struggle or crisis can also contribute to decreased academic performance. Ithaca College provides a Counseling Center to support the academic success of students. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides cost-free services to help you manage personal challenges that threaten your well-being.


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