Note that the schedule below is subject to minor changes.
WEEK  DATES  TOPICS & READINGS  ACTIVITIES 
1  8/289/1 
Module 1: Introduction to Computing problem solving, history of computing 
Academic Integrity Form due Sep. 1 
2  9/49/8 
Module 2: Elements of programming using Python no class: Monday, Sept 4  Labor Day 
PA 1 due Sep. 5 PS 1 due Sep. 8 
3  9/119/15 
Module 3: Algorithmic Thinking conditional computation, simple iteration, arrays 
PA 2 due Sep. 12 PS 2 due Sep. 15 
4  9/189/22 
Module 4: Iteration linear search, selection sort, introduction to computational complexity 
PA 3 due Sep. 19 PS 3 due Sep. 22 
5  9/259/29 
Module 5: Recursion recursive thinking, binary search, merge sort 
PA 4 due Sep. 26 PS 4 due Sep. 29 
6  10/210/6 
Written Exam 1: Monday, Oct 2 Module 5: Recursion (continued) Module 6: Organizing Data lists, stacks and queues, hash tables, tree and graphs 
PS 5 due Oct. 6 
7  10/910/13  Module 7: Data Representation integers, text,images and sound 
PA 5 due Oct. 10 PS 6 due Oct. 13 
8  10/1610/20 
Module 8: Computer Organization boolean logic, gates, computer components Lab Exam 1: Thursday, Oct 19 no class: Friday, Oct 20  midsemester break 

9  10/2310/27 
Module 9: Randomness random number generators, games, fractals, cellular automata 
PA 7 due Oct. 24 PS 7 due Oct. 27 
10  10/3011/3  Module 10: Concurrency sorting networks, pipelining, multitasking, operating systems Written Exam 2: Wednesday, Nov 1 
PS 8 due Nov. 3 
11  11/611/10 
Module 11: Graphics using an API, simulations no class: Friday, Nov 10  CMU 50 celebration 
PA 8 due Nov. 7 
12  11/1311/17 
Module 12: The Internet Internet design, security, privacy 
PA 9 due Nov. 14 PS 9 due Nov. 17 
13  11/2011/24 
Module 13: Artificial Intelligence game trees and heuristics, language understading, machine learning no classes: WednesdayFriday, Nov 2224  Thanksgiving Break 
PA 10 due Nov. 21 
14  11/2712/1 
Module 13: Artificial Intelligence (continued) Written Exam 3: Friday, Dec 1 
PS 10 due Nov. 29 
15  12/412/8  Module 14: Computablity tractability, undecidability, the future of computing Lab Exam 2: Thursday, Dec 7 
PA 11 due Dec. 5 