CSC 241 Introduction to Computer Science I

Jennifer Roscoe

Spring 2023-2024
Class number: 32861
Section number: 901
M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
CDM 00819 Loop Campus


This course is the first of a two-course sequence introducing computer science.  The focus of the course is on problem solving, algorithm development, logic structures, introductory data structures and functions using Python and the Python API (application programming interface), all in the context of building computer applications.

In this course we will focus on structured programming and learn how and when to use conditionals, loops, and functional and modular abstractions.

After you have taken this class:

  • You will understand that a main focus of computer science is developing applications for computer systems.

  • You will understand the concepts of abstraction and managing complexity. 

  • You will have stronger problem solving skills.

  • You will know how to develop algorithmic solutions for basic computational problems.

  • You will understand fundamental programming structures such as expressions, assignments, decision and iteration structures, functions and modules.

  • You will have basic Python programming skills.

  • You will be prepared for the second course in the sequence, CSC 242: Introduction to Computer Science II


The suggested textbook for the course is Introduction to Computing using Python: An Application Development Focus, Second Edition, Ljubomir Perkovic,  John Wiley & Sons, 2015. If you choose to acquire the textbook, please buy the electronic version of the text since it contains case studies that we will be using. The electronic text has ISBN 978-1-118-89105-6.


Grading policy

Course assessments include lab exercises, programming assignments,  three midterms and a final project The course grade will be computed as follows:




Lab exercises

10 %

Programming assignments 

20 %

Midterm 1 Exam

20 %

Midterm 2 Exam

22.5 %

Midterm 2 Exam

22.5 %

Final Project 

5 %


Ordinarily the prerequisite for this class is MAT 130: Precalculus or an equivalent high-school or college course covering algebra and precalculus.

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