CSC 241 Introduction to Computer Science I

Radha Jagadeesan

Office: CDM 653
Fall 2022-2023
Class number: 18435
Section number: 404
MW 1:30PM - 3:00PM
14EAS 00512 Loop Campus


This course is the first of a two-course sequence introducing computer science.  An introduction to problem solving, algorithms and structured programming using Python. The course will focus on skills for developing algorithms, and for writing and debugging programs.   We will also expose you to  AI programming aidsto aid in program development. 

After you have taken this class:

  1. You will understand that a main focus of computer science is developing applications for computer systems.
  2. You will have stronger problem solving skills.
  3. You will know how to develop algorithmic solutions for basic computational problems.
  4. You will acquire  fundamental programming and debugging skills.
  5. You will have basic Python programming skills.
  6. You will be prepared for the second course in the sequence, CSC 242: Introduction to Computer Science.


Introduction to Computing using Python: An Application Development Focus, Second Edition, Ljubomir Perkovic, John Wiley & Sons, 2015.  The electronic book version might be easier to handle and has case studies too.


Mandatory class and lab attendance.      
Weekly labs 27%
Projects        23%
Exams :        50%  (three exams, total)

No late assignments will be accepted.  All work is individual unless specified otherwise.  Use of AI programming aids such as codepilot is forbidden unless explicitly permitted.

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

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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