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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 17-May-24

Fall 2024 | CIS-1100-VO01 - Introduction to Computer Science

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
This section is waitlisted (0). Please contact your nearest center for availability.


Jane Adams
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Deb Grant

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Digital and Technical Literacy
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is designed to give a broad-based introduction to all aspects of computing. Students focus on core aspects of the discipline including hardware, networking, the Internet, programming logic, ethics, and the history and future of industry. The goal of this course is to give students a working knowledge of the computer industry and provide a solid foundation of knowledge to begin technical training. Students have the opportunity to take the CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification exam in this course.

Essential Objectives

1. Discuss computing history and driving forces of change in the computer industry.
2. Explain the systems of inequality in computing history and the impacts and opportunities for social change.
3. Describe the use of system and application software.
4. Determine appropriate hardware and software to complete a variety of tasks.
5. Define the role of databases in applications.
6. Compare computer hardware architecture including RAM, CPU, storage, and busses.
7. Compose a basic program in a high level language, demonstrating algorithmic thinking to solve programming problems.
8. Explore the scope and diversity of career opportunities in the field of computer science and information technology through assignments such as informational interviews, job shadows, or other career-exploration activities.
9. Demonstrate safe, ethical, and accurate communication of information, thoughts, and ideas.
10. Discuss software systems development as an engineering discipline.
11. Explore the foundations of networking, operating systems, and data security.
12. Demonstrate appropriate prompt engineering when working with generative AI applications for text and media.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

CIS-1100-VO01 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


  1. Online review of material
    Flash Cards
    Understanding Python documents
    Python Code Examples
  2. uCertify Labs
  3. uCertify Quizzes
  4. Python Homework
  5. Discussions
  6. Weekly Welcome Message / Weekly Reminder Message

Evaluation Criteria

1. Python Homework 35%
2. uCertify Quizzes 20%
3. Discussion Forums 45%

Python Homework due Monday night @ 11:55 PM ET. Late assignments will not be accepted.

uCertify Quizzes will be done on Canvas and they will have a time limit. They have to be completed by Monday night @ 11:55 PM ET.

Discussion - Graded on participation in weekly Forums (Discussions). Student must post and reply to at least TWO of his/her peers for full credit. Initial posting have to be done by Friday, night @ 11:55 PM ET. Replies to peers' posting must done by Monday @ 11:55 PM ET. Late postings, after Monday @11:55 PM will not be given a grade.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.