Montana Tech of The University of Montana
Computer Science Department

CSCI 135
Fundamentals of Computer Science I
Fall 2020


Description: An introduction to problem-solving methods and algorithm development. Stresses programming in a high level programming language with techniques of good programming style. Co-requisite: M 151

Instructor: Michele Van Dyne
(406) 496-4855
Museum 204B (second floor, to the left of, and behind, Natasha's office)
Office hours: TBA
Classes: Monday 11:00 - 11:50am Lecture NRB 228
Wednesday 3:00 - 5:50pm Lab NRB 228
Friday 11:00 - 11:50am Lecture NRB 228

Resources: Textbook
Class Website
Moodle (for grades and assignment submission)
Book Website
Software We recommend the freely available Python shell and editor, Idle. Idle is installed on the Museum, Engineering, and Main lab computers. You can also install it on your own computer (see the resources page).

Evaluation: Midterm Exam 25%
Final Exam 25%
Programming assignments 50%
Staff discretion (participation and extra-credit) ±?%

Letter Grades:
A 90.00-92.99 93.00-100.00
B 80.00-82.99 83.00-86.99 87.00-89.99
C 70.00-72.99 73.00-76.99 77.00-79.99
D 60.00-62.99 63.00-66.99 67.00-69.99
F 0.00-59.99

Late Policy: Exams must be taken at the scheduled date and time.
I do not give make up exams.
If you are unable to take the exam at the scheduled time, for a very valid reason, contact me in advance and we will work it out.

See the assignments page for the late policy regarding assignments.

NOTE: Assignment due dates are listed on the assignments page.
Submission deadlines on Moodle are close to the due date and time, but because of Moodle limitations, are not exact.

Cheating will not be tolerated and can result in failure of the course. Submitted programs must be entirely your own work (except for designated pair assignments, see the assignments page for details). Under no circumstances should you copy another person's code. Exams are to be strictly your own effort. Unless specified, no electronic devices are allowed in written exams. Programming exams must be completed without communication with any non-staff member.


Any student who may need an accommodation due to a disability, please make an appointment to see me during my office hours. A letter from a Montana Tech Disability Coordinator authorizing your accommodations is needed.

I prefer that the class is interactive, so if you have questions or comments, please interrupt. If you have a question, chances are very good that others have the same question. And if I don't explain a concept clearly, stop me and I'll try again.

Course Outcomes:

Page last updated: July 17, 2020