IT 123 Introduction to Computational Reasoning

Miles Jackson

Office: CDM 106/Zoom
Fall 2023-2024
Class number: 13524
Section number: 421
OLASY NCH00 Online Campus


IT 123 – Introduction to Computational Reasoning  will introduce computational reasoning, a problem solving process that includes problem decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithmic thinking. Students will learn to formulate a problem statement, then plan and implement a solution.  


The course will include a high-level introduction to the Internet, the World Wide Web, and Web application development. Students will create interactive web pages by writing HTML and CSS and by programming in JavaScript. Topics will include the origins and evolution of computers and of the Internet/World Wide Web, the roles and operations of web browsers and web servers, design principles for web sites, creating content for distribution on the Web, and development of interactive Web applications.   

IT 123 will also include an introduction to computational tools in a second technological environment (Python). Students will learn the basics of that technological environment and will demonstrate the ability to create original artifacts in that environment.  

Students will demonstrate an enhanced knowledge of computational reasoning by comparing and contrasting the work they have done in both technological environments.     

Students will demonstrate the ability to discuss the potential harms and benefits of computing in a number of contexts.  


55% Projects, including, projects that result in computational artifacts, computational reasoning/project journals, final project   


25% Quizzes  


20% Discussion Forum postings - commentary on assigned readings on the potential harms and benefits  Of computing in a number of contexts.  

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

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