Monday and Wednesday, 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Room 101, Warren Weaver Hall

Professor: Joshua Clayton



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 based on the following rubric. 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.

  • Assignments: 20%
  • Exam 1: 20%
  • Exam 2: 20%
  • Final Exam: 40%

Exam Schedule

Exam 1: Monday, October 6

Exam 2: Monday, November 10

Final Exam: Wednesday, December 17, 4:00–5:50 p.m. Room 101, Warren Weaver Hall

Primary Links

Computer Science Department

Computer Science Minors

ITS Computer Labs

Fall 2014–Summer 2015 University Academic Calendar