CSC 242 Introduction to Computer Science II

Evelyn Lulis

Office: CDM 848
Winter 2020-2021
Class number: 28126
Section number: 502
TuTh 11:50AM - 1:20PM
OLSYN CH000 Online Campus
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An intermediate course in problem solving, algorithms and programming. Programming skills are further strengthened through more complex and larger programming assignments. The assignments will also be used to introduce different Computer Science areas (e.g. a Client/Server application for the Distributed Systems area). Classes and object oriented programming are motivated and introduced.


1) The eBook version of the 2nd edition: Introduction to Computer Science with Python, 2nd edition (eBook) Ljubomir Perkovic, Wiley, 2015.
ISBN (eBook): 978-1-118-89105-6

Note: The print version no longer has the case studies (some of which are used in the course). If you purchase a print copy and need access to the case studies, they are available as an eBook supplement (currently for $12.40) at The ISBN for the supplement is 9781119185390.


You must have taken CSC 241: Introduction to Computer Science I or an equivalent course that introduces problem-solving techniques and programming Python and earned a passing grade (C- or better). I will also assume that:
--You know how to create, debug, compile, and run Python, and you use a reasonable coding style (i.e. your code is easy to read and relatively concise)
--You know Python's basic control structures and types
--You can solve basic algorithmic problems

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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.

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Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
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