CSC 112 - Introduction to Computer Programming

Course Syllabus - Summer 2020

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Jack Tompkins
E-mail: tompkinsj@uncw.edu
Office: CI 2034
Office Hours*: by appointment
Phone: (910) 962-7013
*Students are welcome to ask questions any time my door is open.


CSC 112. Introduction to Computer Programming (3) Prerequisite: MAT 111 or 115. An introduction to programming in a high-level language for students who are not computer science majors. Algorithms, computer systems, data representation, survey of computer applications, elementary programming techniques, debugging and verification of programs. The language to be used will be specified in the schedule of classes. May be repeated once for credit under a different subtitle.


This section of CSC 112 teaches the JavaScript programming language in the context of HTML 5. No previous programming experience is assumed. Javascript is an easy to learn, powerful programming language. It has efficient high-level data structures and a simple but effective approach to object-oriented programming. 

Students will learn many core concepts in computer science and the fundamentals of software design and development, basic problem solving strategies and common design patterns in order to expedite the software development process. Students will also discover that computer programming is an art and beyond a program that "works" are issues of aesthetics, simplicity, and elegance. 


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w3schools.com (online tutorials)

A free online interactive tutorial
Google's Atom: A hackable text editor for the 21st Century
Atom Download / Mac installation - YouTube
Packages enhancing Atom


This course is a hands-on project-based learning experience. Our textbook includes a great many hands on tutorials. Each chapter is has a step by step walkthrough of a project, then several practice tutorials that provide experience implementing the concepts without step by step instruction. We will use Atom as our editor and the Chrome browser to view the results and get feedback. Once you have completed a step by step walkthrough you should be ready to complete the graded Coding Challenges in Mindtap and take the associated short quizzes (Quick Checks). All assignments are due as assigned in MindTap, due dates are also shown below, but the MindTap Calendar takes precedence. No late Quick Checks or Assessments are accepted, however Coding Challenges may be turned in up to 2 days late for a 10% late fee. Due dates are spread throughout the week including some on Sundays. Pleae complete them early when you can.

To maximize your flexibility in a manner that allows you to decide how much to invest and learn from this course I have over assigned projects, but allow you to select which and how many to do as only your highest grades count. To provide some additional flexibility, choose and complete 8 of the sixteen assigned HTML/CSS Coding Challenges, choose and complete 5 of the eight assigned JavaScript Coding Challenges, your 3 lowest Quick Checks, and your lowest Pre/Post Assessment grades are dropped. In order to be successful, you will need to spread out the workload and complete the assignments well in advance of the final cutoff times.
Coding Challenges HTML/CSS (T1-T4) 40%, JavaScript (T9, T10) 40%, Quick Check quizzes 15%, and the final exam (highest of Pre/Post Course Assessment) 5%.

Course Grade

90 - 100    A

80 - 89.99 B

70 - 79.99 C

60 - 69.99 D

Academic Expectations for Students

In choosing UNCW, you have become part of our community of scholars. We recognize that the UNCW learning experience is challenging and requires hard work. It also requires a commitment to make time available to do that hard work. The university expects you to make academics your highest priority by dedicating your time and energy to training your mind and acquiring knowledge. Academic success in critical thinking and problem solving prepares you for the changes and challenges you will encounter in the future. Our faculty and academic support resources are readily available as partners in this effort, but the primary responsibility for learning is yours.

Learning Strategies

You are expected to take an active role in your learning in this course. This includes regular performance, submitting work on-time, reading the textbooks, and completing all course requirements. You are encouraged to study with your classmates outside of class. Programming assignments usually require a lot more time than expected, so start early and work some every day.


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Academic Honor Code

It is the responsibility of every student to uphold and maintain the UNCW Academic Honor Code (see your Student Handbook). You violate the honor code when you represent someone else's work as your own. Programming assignments may be discussed at a conceptual level with other students but details and coding must be your own. Copying and team collaboration is prohibited.

Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability and need reasonable accommodation in this course, you should inform the instructor of this fact in writing within the first week of class or as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, you must register with the Office of Disability Services in Westside Hall (extension 3746) and obtain a copy of your Accommodation Letter. You should then meet with your instructor to make mutually agreeable arrangements based on the recommendations of the Accommodation Letter.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. Understanding of basic computer programming concepts including problem representation, algorithm development, and program implementation.
  2. Problem-solving techniques to describe and understand problems, think through what is known (input), what is unknown (desired output) and what must be done to transform input into desired output (process), leading to geometric problem representation and finally coding.
  3. Students learn computer program elements to enable sequences, selections, iterations and modularizations of operations.
  4. Students learn how to use and manipulate lists of objects.
  5. Students learn to implement algorithms to solve a variety of problems including processing lists, statistical calculations, and modeling systems of interacting objects.
  6. Students learn modular programming and incremental program development.
  7. Students learn how to access data in external files.

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