IT 211 Introduction to Applied Programming

Sean Bush

Office: CDM Mezz 112
Fall 2019-2020
Class number: 12825
Section number: 401
TuTh 3:10PM - 4:40PM
CDM 00819 Loop Campus


Students learn programming concepts through the Python programming language.


Allen B. Downey, Think Python, How to Think Like a Computer Scientist, O'Reilly, 2016

ISBN: 978-1491939369


Grading Breakdown: Final Project: 50%, Assignments: 25%, Quizzes: 25%.

Grading Scale: 94-100:A, 89-93:A-, 85-88:B+, 80-84:B, 75-79:B-, 70-74:C+, 65-69: C, 60-64: C-, 55-59: D+, 50-54: D, 0-49:F.

Late Penalties on Assignments: -33% per day.


IT 130 

Additional Regulations

Class registration is not allowed after the first week of class.
Students must keep backup copies of all submitted assignments.
By itself, illness is not a reason to eliminate late penalties.
No extra credit assignments.

The goal of the assignments and projects is to practice the concepts taught in class. You are expected to do your own assignment. However, some collaboration with other students is allowed and even encouraged.  Some examples are:

Discussing strategies for solving a problem.

Explaining why a script does not work.

Using code provided by the professor and/or textbook.


Examples of collaboration are not allowed. Doing these examples will be considered a violation of the university’s policy on academic integrity. Violators will receive a 0 for the corresponding assignment and will be reported as required by the policy:


Copying someone else’s code

Telling someone what code to write.

Verify that you are submitting the correct version of a project. Submitting the wrong version of a project is not a reason to waive the late penalty.

You are expected to be respectful to your fellow students and to the professor.  The following behaviors will not be tolerated in class and you may be asked to leave if you do not comply by being disruptive, sleeping, working on assignments for other classes, cell phone usage or listening to headphones (during lecture and in-class assignments). Please turn all cell phones to vibrate or silent during class time. If you must take an emergency call, please step outside the classroom to take your call in the hallway, and then return to the classroom in a non-disruptive manner. Text messages, IMs, SnapChat, etc., are not allowed during class. Cell phones and other electronics must be off or silent mode.


Course overview

Week 2: Python interpreter, constants, variables, data types. Ch. 1, 2 

Week 3: Built-in functions, if-statements, input validation, input/output redirection. Ch. 3, 5

Week 4: Loops, sequential Processing. Ch. 7

Week 5: Writing your own methods. Ch. 6, 8

Week 6: Lists. Ch. 10 Working with files. Ch. 11.

Week 7: Introduction to classes, objects, and methods. Ch. 15.

Week 8: Applications with strings, lists, and files. For example: Ch. 9, 13

Week 9: Applications with strings, lists, and files. For example: Ch. 9, 13

Week 10: Final Project

Week 11: Final Project

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296