CSC 401 Introduction to Programming

Dolores Kalayta

Office: CDM 617
Fall 2023-2024
Class number: 13042
Section number: 720
OLASY NCH00 Online Campus
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An introduction to programming with a focus on problem solving, structured programming, and algorithm design. Concepts covered include data types, expressions, variables, assignments, conditional and iterative structures, functions, file input/output, exceptions, arrays and an introduction to user-defined classes.

This is an online asynchronous class. There are no face-to-face class meetings. This is NOT a self-paced class. There are weekly deadlines for readings, video lecture viewings, and assignments.

This is a first programming course for students who have never had a term of programming or its equivalent. It is assumed that students have no prior experience with a programming language.


Introduction to Computing Using Python, 2nd edition, Ljubomir Perkovic, Wiley, 2015, ISBN (ebook): 978-1-118-89105-6; ISBN (paperback):978-1-118-89094-3


Assignments (homework): 35%
Proctored Midterm Exam: 30%
Proctored Final Exam: 35%




Install on your laptop/desktop: Python, version 3.10 or higher. Python is available as a free download from and it comes with a simple development environment called IDLE.
It is expected you have the necessary skills to download the software and install on your computer.


Exams will be administered in D2L and proctored using Examity.  Examity is an online proctoring service that uses your webcam and microphone on your computer to proctor the online exam.

Students must register for online proctoring at least one week prior to the exam date using the link that will be available in D2L.  Note the following for using Examity:

You must take the exam on a desktop computer or a laptop (NOT a tablet, NOR a smartphone)

Your internet speed must be at least 3Mbps download and 3Mbps upload to be able to take the online exam on D2L and be proctored by Examity.  To determine your internet speed run a test at

The recommended web browsers to use for the online exams on D2L are Firefox and Chrome.

The Examity proctored exam cannot be taken in public spaces, such as a library.



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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.

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