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Master Course Syllabus · Business and Technology · Computer Science - COSC

Intro to Computer Programming

  • Master Course Syllabus
  • Section ALL
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/01/2018 to 09/01/2018
  • Modified 01/09/2019

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Introduction to computer programming for solving a variety of problems. This course is intended for non-computer science and non-computer engineering majors. Emphasis on the fundamentals of design, development, testing, implementation, and documentation of computer programs. Includes problem solving with structured techniques and algorithms using pseudo code, the Python programming language and/or graphical representations.

48 total contact hours.  Credit: 3 semester hours.

 Prerequisite: Basic Reading, Writing and Mathematics skills.  

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Design and develop algorithms to solve problems.

2. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of software development methodologies, such as modular design, pseudo code, flowcharting, and structure charts.

3. Demonstrate appropriate design, coding, testing, debugging, and documenting of computer programs that implement problem specifications and requirements.

4. Apply computer-programming concepts to new problems or situations.


Starting Out with Python w/Access

  • Author: Gaddis, Tony
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Edition: 4th Edition
  • ISBN: 9780134444321
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore

Computer and Internet Access

Daily assignments may require computer internet access. 

Students may use their own computer and internet provider or they may complete assignments on campus in one of the Blinn College computer labs.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he/she has appropriate and reliable computer equipment and high-speed internet access.  Furthermore, computer trouble or internet trouble in no way excuses the student from completing assignments by assignment due date.  Blinn College computer labs and Learning Centers have appropriately configured computers and internet access for this course.

Course Requirements


Course evaluation instruments shall consist of at least four major grades including the final examination. Competency will be measured by a 70% minimum performance level over the entire course. Class participation will be at least 10% of the final grade and is defined by the individual instructor.   A comprehensive final exam will be 20% of the final grade.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Final Exam 20% or XXX pts

Explain details here.


Grading Scale

A   [90,100]                                          A   XXX  -  XXX pts

B   [XX,XX)                                          B   XXX  -  XXX pts

C   [XX,XX)                                          C   XXX  -  XXX pts

D   [XX,XX)                                          D   XXX  -  XXX pts

F   [0,XX)                                             F   XXX  -  XXX pts

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies


Should a student accumulate the equivalent of two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, s/he will be administratively dropped from class. The following chart indicates two weeks’ worth of absences:

Fall & Spring


6 absences







Summer 1 & 2




Example:  In a TR class, students will receive a warning notification via Blinn College student email after 2 days of unexcused absences and will be dropped after 4 days of unexcused absences. 

As stated in current college policy, if a student is officially dropped from a class on or prior to the “Q” date, a grade of “Q” is assigned for the course.  If a student is officially dropped from a class after the “Q” date, a grade of “QF” is assigned for the course.  

Students may access their student email account by entering myBLINN and clicking on the email icon near the top right corner.  (For new students, your Blinn College email address is of the form, where ## is the last 2 digits of your Blinn ID.)


This semester’s “Q” drop date is ________________________

Students Rights and Responsibilities

All Blinn College students should know and understand their rights and responsibilities.  Please visit the Student Rights and Responsibilities page at

Makeup Policy

Insert Policy Here

Electronic Devices in the Classroom

If you have a cellphone or other devices policy, please insert here.  Otherwise, delete this policy.


Course calendar and related activities
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