Syllabus for Fall 2010
J. Zelle, Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science
Programming projects will account for about half of your grade, with quizzes, homeworks, class participation and the final exam accounting for the remainder. The grading policy for programming projects is that the tasks specified explicitly in the lab description will constitute about 85% of the assignment. If you complete the specified parts of the assignment properly, and produce a good quality writeup, it's worth up to a B+ grade. In addition, the project description will include a variety of extensions, or you can come up with your own. Completing one or more extensions, in addition to the specified parts of the assignment, will earn you some flavor of A.
The weekly programming projects will be due on Tuesday at midnight. Late assignments will receive reduced credit, as we will be discussing them in class.
For some assignments you may be working with a partner. You and your partner will generate a single writeup for the assignment and a single set of code. When working with a partner, you should divide the code writing between the two of you in an equitable fashion, noting the division of labor in the writeup or the code.
Collaboration on project concepts and ideas between individuals and groups is acceptable, but, you need to understand everything you do, and your code should be your own or your group's code. If you use ideas from another group, be sure to indicate that within your code or writeup. Err on the side of caution. The worst thing that can happen is for the professor to notice disturbing similarities in homeworks with no attribution of credit.
The first week we will go over how to build a simple web page that incorporates text and images using the Colby Wiki. Each week you will add a new page to your wiki site that describes your weekly project and the results. You will submit your own code using a college file server.
Weekly Topics and Readings
Zelle, Chapter 1
||Zelle, Chapters 2, 3, 6|
||Zelle, Chapters 2, 7, 8|
||Zelle, Chapters 2, 4, 5|
||Zelle, Chapters 4, 5, 11|
||Zelle, Chapters 5, 9, 11|
||Zelle, Chapter 9, ABOP Chapters 1-2|
||Zelle, Chapter 12, ABOP Chapters 1-3|
||Zelle, Chapters 10-12|
||ABOP, Zelle, Chapter 11|
||Zelle, Chapter 12|
||Zelle, Chapter 13|