IT 212 Applied OO Programming

Craig Miller

Office: CDM 745
Fall 2021-2022
Class number: 3977
Section number: 401
MW 10:10AM - 11:40AM
CDM 00220 Loop Campus


Course Overview

IT 212 offers an introduction to Object-Oriented Programming. Students will use object-oriented programming to integrate systems and applications on multiple platforms, developing and understanding basic distributed applications and how they communicate.

IT 212 mainly uses the Python programming language; it introduces the Java programming language at the end of the course.

Course Goals

  • Students will be able to implement algorithms from pseudocode using the Python language
  • Students will be able to find and correct errors in Python programs
  • Students will be able to design and implement classes in Python
  • Students will be able to write simple programs in Java


Allen B. Downey, Think Python, How to Think Like a Computer Scientist, O'Reilly, 2016. A PDF and html version are available online.


Assignment Weight
Seven scripting assignments (10 points each) 40% (80 points, best 8 of 9)
Two quizzes (10 points each)
Midterm Exam 15% (30 points)
Final Exam 35% (70 points)
Weekly checkups 10% (20 points)

Students receiving more than 90% of possible points are guaranteed at least an A-, more than 80% at least a B-, more than 70% at least a C-, and more than 60% at least a D.



IT 211 is the official prequisite. In general, students are expected to have successfully completed an introdutory programming course using Python.

Course Policies

Students are expected to either attend classes (live or zoom) or view recorded sessions on a bi-weekly basis. In addition, weekly check-ups are required and may be delivered by zoom office hours or by email.

Students without internet access and an appropriately equipped computer will need to drop the course.

The midterm exam and the final exam must either be completed in class or as a proctored exam following the DePaul CDM policies.

When completing exams and quizzes, students may not collaborate with any other person. Collaboration with others on exams and quizzes will be considered a violation of the university's policy on academic integrity. Violators will receive a zero for the corresponding exam and will be reported as required by the policy.

Tests and quizzes can be made up with a serious documented excuse (e.g. illness, death in the family) and must be arranged as soon as possible. Arrangements involving other excuses require prior permission from the instructor.

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

  • Discussing strategies for solving a problem
  • Explaining why a script does not work
  • Reviewing and testing someone else's programming script
  • Using Python code provided by the instructor and texts

The following types of collaboration are not allowed:

  • Copying someone else's Python code
  • Literally telling someone what code to write

Engaging in these last two types of collaboration will be considered a violation of the university's policy on academic integrity. Violators will receive a zero for the corresponding assignment and will be reported as required by the policy.

Late assignments will be accepted up to three days late with a one point penalty. Assignments submitted more than 3 days after the due date will not be accepted without an excused absence cleared by the dean of students office.

Additional assignments for extra credit will not be offered.

All grade challenges must be submitted in writing and include an explanation why the given score or grade should be reconsidered.

Tentative Schedule

Week Topic Reading Quiz or Exam Assignment
Sep 8 Review IT 211 basics: decision structures, composite types, functions Ch. 1-10    
Sep 13 & 15 Review IT 211 basics: decision structures, composite types, functions Ch. 1-10   Assn 1
Sep 20 & 22 Review dictionaries, files, formatting, using predefined classes Ch. 11, 14   Assn 2
Sep 27 & 29 Testing and Debugging Ch. 20 Quiz 1 Assn 3
Oct 4 & 6 Defining Classes Ch. 16 & 17    
Oct 11 & 13 Inheritance Ch. 18 Midterm (Monday)  
Oct 18 & 20 Reading and Parsing Files Class notes   Assn 4
Oct 25 & 27 Regular expressions Ch. 4.4   Assn 5
Nov 1 & 3 Database access Ch. 5 Class notes Assn 6
Nov 8 & 10 Java introduction Class notes Quiz 2 Assn 7
Nov 15 Advanced Java Class notes    
Nov 17       Final Exam (Wednesday)

The final exam is scheduled for 8:30am-10:45am or by arrangement according to DePaul CDM policies.

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.

All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.

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