CS 151: Computational Thinking

Course Information for Spring 2010

Time: MWF 10:00-10:50, MWF 11:00:11:50
Place: Lovejoy 205
Final exam: Thursday, May 13, 3:30pm, Lovejoy 205

Instructor Information

Prof. Stephanie R. Taylor (Lectures)
Office: Roberts 224D
Email: s r taylor _at_ colby _dot_ edu
Office hours: M 1-3, T 3-5, F 2-4

Prof. Bruce Maxwell (Labs)
Office: Roberts 224B
Email: b maxwell _at_ colby _dot_ edu
Office hours: To Be Determined
Bruce is on AIM (see lab page for address) and is happy to be contacted whenever he is logged on

Course Description

This course is an introduction to computational thinking: how we can describe and solve problems using a computer. In the spring 2010 semester we will focus on graphical applications. These applications will motivate how and why we would would want to write procedures, control the flow of information and processes, and organize information for easy access and manipulation. The techniques you learn will be applicable to any kind of programming you may wish to do in the future.


John Zelle, Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science, Franklin Beedle & Associates, 2003.

Links to Python Resources