General Information

Description: 4 hours, 4 credits Introduction to structured computer programming using a modern high-level programming language. Programming constructs covered to include console I/O, data types, variables, control structures, including iteration, arrays, function definitions and calls, parameter passing, functional decomposition, and an introduction to objects. Debugging techniques.
Prerequisites: MAT 104 or placement by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Note: For students who intend to major in Computer Science, Mathematics, Computer Graphics and Imaging, or the sciences. Some previous computer programming experience is highly recommended.

Grading Policy

Expectations: Students are expected to learn both the material covered in class and the material in the textbook and other assigned reading. Completing homework is an essential part of the learning experience. Students should review topics from prior courses as needed using old notes and books.

Honor Code: You are encouraged to work together on the overall design of the programs and homework. However, for specific programs and homework assignments, all work must be your own. You are responsible for knowing and following Lehman's Academic Integrity Policy, (available from the Undergraduate Bulletin, Graduate Bulletin, or the Office of Academic Standards and Evaluations).
All incidents of cheating will be reported to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Homework: Programming exercises are posted on the class website, usually two weeks before the due date. They reinforce concepts covered in lecture. Note that as the semester progresses, the programs will take design and programming outside of class to complete. To receive full credit for a program, the program must perform correctly, must include comments, and be written in good style. Approximately 12 programs will be graded thoroughly and returned with comments. The top 10 grades will be counted for the homework score. No late homework is accepted.

Quizzes: At every class meeting, there will be a quiz based on the lecture notes, reading, submitted programs, and laboratory exercises. As the semester progresses, at least one question on every quiz will be a review question. The top 25 (out of 29 possible) quiz scores will count towards the quiz score in the final grade.

Final Exam: The final exam is required. The times for the exam are assigned by the Registrar:

Grades: The grading for the course will be based on:

You must take and pass the final to pass the course.

Materials, Resources and Accommodating Disabilities

Textbook: Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science by John Zelle (ISBN 1887902996). Approximate price: $40 (available on-line from Amazon & Powells).

Technology: This course uses the python programming language available from It is available on the department computers in Gillet Hall.

Computer Access: Part of this course will use university computer laboratories. These machines are for work related to this course only and a code of conduct applies to computer use in the department and on-campus. Misusing university computers could result in losing your computer access for the rest of the term, making it exceedingly difficult to complete this course.

Tutoring: Departmental tutoring is available in the Math Lab on the 2nd floor of Gillet Hall.

Accommodating Disabilities: Lehman College is committed to providing access to all programs and curricula to all students. Students with disabilities who may need classroom accommodations are encouraged to register with the Office of Student Disability Services. For more info, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services, Shuster Hall, Room 238, phone number, 718-960-8441.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students should be able to:
  1. Write programs using looping and decision constructs.
  2. Design and use methods in programs.
  3. Understand the use of parameters and information passing in programs.
  4. Write programs with system and file I/O.
  5. Write and debug programs independently.