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CS112: Course Overview


Mason University


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Introduction to programming

This class is about programming, not a particular language

stress on algorithm design and testing

we happen to be using Python, which we must learn in order to run code

focus is on critical thinking, not mastery of python or efficiency concerns

Programming is like solving small puzzles

in that sense, this class is like a math class


This class is hard and time consuming


at least

15 hours outside of lecture, per week

you may consider choosing other classes this semester to negotiate your time constraints

You need to start assignments immediately, after lecture

seek help immediately through Piazza

do not wait for office hours

We grade based on performance, not effort

sadly, effort will not always produce the desired grade


Readings and homework


must read the chapter before lecture


must attempt all homework problems for that chapter before lecture – homework is DUE

at noon

work with friends

answer Piazza polls about homework

Lecture will primarily be used for going over homework examples

because talking at you is boring for everyone. Read the book. Come to lecture prepped, with questions, otherwise lecture is a waste of your time and money

not all homework exercises have solutions in the book: take notes during lecture

Homework will help you with the projects


Programming Projects

are in addition to homework questions

will only be graded on Marmoset

must run and pass test cases for [partial] credit

need to be started immediately

seek help through Piazza if you are stuck for longer than 30 minutes

are individual assignments – see the honor code policies

cannot use Internet resources

(unless specified):



more by trying to solve the problems within the constraints we

set, like jogging with weights

this class is about

learning programming fundamentals

, i.e. algorithm design, not knowing some esoteric feature or function of Python

(feel free to explore on your own as much as you like, as long as it’s not used for a project in this class)



Will be on the material from the previous lecture(s)

Will generally ask you to implement, in Python, an arbitrary problem from the homework assignments

Will also have a multiple choice Python component, based on lecture material

You must come to your lab section to take the quiz

turned in on Blackboard

need to be present in lab (the department has asked us to enforce this)


Course Pace

Project 1 is not a coding project; pace picks up after

Five programming projects

build upon each other

Class gets progressively harder through Chapter 5, then plateaus



Piazza is

required daily reading

I can see who reads posts and who doesn’t

Please search for your question before asking:

use search bar, and look through ALL existing posts

will take off points for excessive violations (I give out lots of warning though, don’t be scared to post!)

we need to keep Piazza readable for all

Please post to “All Instructors”, not just the professor

you’ll get a quicker response that way

Never post code or solutions publicly

when in doubt, make it a private post


On a lighter note…

Hopefully you will find this class challenging, but fun

Extra credit (added to project grade):

finding typos on slides: 1pt

finding typos in my textbook: 1pt

finding issues/typos on project specs: 2pts

finding bugs in my solutions (in homework answers, projects, or labs): 5pts per project

points go to first person to post unique issue on Piazza (we have a folder for typos)


Let’s get started

The Introduction and Chapter 1 you can find on Blackboard

Use the rest of class to read the Introduction and do the examples before next lecture

Each class I will upload the upcoming chapter on

to Blackboard










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