Monday and Wednesday, 9:30–10:45 a.m.
Room 102, Warren Weaver Hall

Professor: Joshua Clayton


Office hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:00–12:00 p.m. Room 420, Warren Weaver Hall


This course will introduce you to the basic concepts and techniques of computer programming. We will design, code, and debug programs using Python 3. Python is a general purpose, cross-platform programming language with a clear, readable syntax. Most class periods will be part lecture, part lab as we explore ideas and put them into practice. Critical reflection on computational media is also encouraged.

As the semester progresses, any time you have a question or concern about the class or its content, let me know and I’ll be happy to work with you.


Your greatest reward is the knowledge and experience that you receive by taking the course. You will also receive a grade. The assignments will count for 20% of the grade; the midterm exams will count for 20% each; and the final exam counts for the remaining 40%. If you plan to continue with higher level computer science courses, you must get a grade of C or better in this course. No exceptions will be made.


Exam 1: Monday, October 7, 9:30–10:45 a.m.

Exam 2: Monday, November 11, 9:30–10:45 a.m.

Final Exam: Monday, December 16, 8:00–9:50 a.m. (see the full exam schedule here)

Primary Links

Computer Science Department

Computer Science Minors

ITS Computer Labs

Fall 2013–Summer 2014 University Academic Calendar