CSE 10001 Principles of Computing is an introductory Computer Science and Engineering course that explores computer science by examining the questions of what is computing, how do we compute, how do different aspects of modern computing technology work, and how does computing impact the individual and society. In addition to studying how modern computing hardware, software, and communications function, students will also utilize scripting languages to explore and practice foundational programming concepts such as syntax, variables, conditional execution, iteration, functions, data structures, and algorithms.

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

  1. Identify the main hardware components of a modern computer system, describe how digital information is stored and manipulated, and explain how a CPU functions.

  2. Perform basic algorithms, distinguish between different types of programming languages, and describe what abstractions operating systems provide.

  3. Understand basic networking concepts, describe how the Internet and World Wide Web work, compose a basic website, and discuss the various social and ethical issues surrounding information sharing and privacy.

  4. Employ common programming patterns and abstractions, choose appropriate data structures, trace the execution of programming code, and construct Python code to solve problems and automate processes in different domains and disciplines.

Class Information

M/W/F 9:25 AM - 10:15 AM
125 DeBartolo Hall, B019 Fitzpatrick Hall
Mailing List (Class)
Mailing List (Staff)


Peter Bui (pbui@nd.edu)
Office Hours
M/W/F 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM, and by appointment
Office Location
350 Fitzpatrick Hall

Help Protocol

  1. Think
  2. Slack
  3. Think
  4. Email
  5. Think
  6. Office

Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistant
Tommy Clare (tclare@nd.edu)
Office Hours
Su 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Office Location
Innovation Lab
Teaching Assistant
Marybeth Fair (mfair@nd.edu)
Office Hours
Su, Th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Office Location
Innovation Lab
Teaching Assistant
Abigail Gervase (agervase@nd.edu)
Office Hours
W 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Office Location
Innovation Lab
Teaching Assistant
Bart Janczuk (bjanczuk@nd.edu)
Office Hours
T, Th 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Office Location
Innovation Lab
Teaching Assistant
Rick Stefanik (rstefani@nd.edu)
Office Hours
Su 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, W 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Office Location
Innovation Lab
Teaching Assistant
Brianna Wilenius (bwileniu@nd.edu)
Office Hours
Th 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Office Location
Innovation Lab
Teaching Assistant
Roann Yanes (ryanes@nd.edu)
Office Hours
W 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Office Location
Innovation Lab

Office Hours

Duncan Student Center

Note, the office hours for the teaching assistants will take place in the Innovation Lab/Lounge in Duncan Student Center (not the old location in La Fortune).
Unit Date Topics Assignment
Inside a Computer 01/16 Introduction, Hardware Slides Slides Reading 00
01/18 Programming Slides Notebook Lab 00
Information Representation 01/21 Data Representation Slides Notebook Reading 01
01/23 Variables, Expressions, Functions Slides Notebook
01/25 Functions, RGB Colors Notebook Lab 01
CPU, Conditional Execution 01/28 CPU Slides Notebook Reading 02
01/30 Conditional Execution Slides
02/01 Letter Grade, Stadium Seating Notebook Lab 02
Iteration, Lists 02/04 Iteration Slides Notebook Reading 03
02/06 Lists Slides Notebook
02/08 Fizz Buzz Boom, Palindromes Notebook Lab 03
Algorithms 02/11 Algorithms Slides Notebook Reading 04
02/13 Strings Slides Notebook
02/15 Duplicates Notebook Lab 04
Data Structures 02/18 File I/O Slides Notebook Reading 05
02/20 Dicts Slides Notebook
02/22 Spell Check Notebook Lab 05
Software Systems 02/25 Operating Systems Slides Reading 06
02/27 Images Slides Notebook
03/01 Image Filters Lab 06
Midterm 03/04 Intellectual Property Reading 07
03/06 Review Notebook
03/08 Checklist Midterm
Spring Break
Networking 03/18 The Internet Slides Reading 08
03/20 Networks Notebook
03/22 Bandwidth and Latency Lab 07
Web Programming 03/25 HTTP, HTML, CSS Slides Reading 09
03/27 Static Pages
03/29 Static Website Lab 08
04/01 Tornado Slides Reading 10
04/03 Forms
04/05 Guest Book Lab 09
Data & Information 04/08 Cloud Computing Slides Reading 11
04/10 Advertising
04/12 Privacy Lab 10
Privacy & Security 04/15 Privacy Slides Reading 12
04/17 Cryptography
04/19 Easter
04/22 Easter
04/24 Password Cracking
04/26 Password Cracking Lab 11
Wrapping Up 04/29 Closing Time
05/01 No Class
05/03 Reading Day
Final 05/06 Checklist Final


Component Points
Readings Weekly reading assignments. 12 × 4
Labs Weekly lab assignments. 12 × 12
Exams Midterm and Final Exams. 40 + 60
Participation Regular class attendation and contribution to course community. 8
Total 300


Grade Points Grade Points Grade Points
A 280-300 A- 270-279
B+ 260-269 B 250-259 B- 240-249
C+ 230-239 C 220-229 C- 210-219
D 195-209 F 0-194

Due Dates

All Readings and Labs are to be submitted to the appropriate Google Form. Unless specified otherwise:

  • Readings are due before the class starts on the day it is assigned.

  • Labs are due before the start of the next lab section.



Students are expected to attend and contribute regularly in class. This means answering questions in class, participating in discussions, and helping other students.

Foreseeable absences should be discussed with the instructor ahead of time.

Students with Disabilities

Any student who has a documented disability and is registered with Disability Services should speak with the professor as soon as possible regarding accommodations. Students who are not registered should contact the Office of Disabilities.

Academic Honesty

Any academic misconduct in this course is considered a serious offense, and the strongest possible academic penalties will be pursued for such behavior. Students may discuss high-level ideas with other students, but at the time of implementation (i.e. programming), each person must do his/her own work. Use of the Internet as a reference is allowed but directly copying code or other information is cheating. It is cheating to copy, to allow another person to copy, all or part of an exam or a assignment, or to fake program output. It is also a violation of the Undergraduate Academic Code of Honor to observe and then fail to report academic dishonesty. You are responsible for the security and integrity of your own work.

Late Work

In the case of a serious illness or other excused absence, as defined by university policies, coursework submissions will be accepted late by the same number of days as the excused absence.

Otherwise, there is a penalty of 25% per day late (except where noted). You may submit some parts of an assignment on time and some parts late. Each submission must clearly state which parts it contains; no part can be submitted more than once.

Classroom Recording

This course will be recorded using Panopto. This system allows us to automatically record and distribute lectures to you in a secure environment. You can watch these recordings on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. In the course in Sakai, look for the "Panopto" tool on the left hand side of the course.

Because we will be recording in the classroom, your questions and comments may be recorded. Recordings typically only capture the front of the classroom, but if you have any concerns about your voice or image being recorded please speak to me to discuss your concerns. Except for faculty and staff who require access, no content will be shared with individuals outside of your course without your permission.

These recordings are jointly copyrighted by the University of Notre Dame and your instructor. Posting them to other websites (including YouTube, Facebook, SnapChat, etc.) or elsewhere without express, written permission may result in disciplinary action and possible civil prosecution.

CSE Guide to the Honor Code

For the assignments in this class, you may discuss with other students and consult printed and online resources. You may quote from books and online sources as long as you cite them properly. However, you may not look at another student's solution, and you may not look at solutions.

The following table summarizes how you may work with other students and use print/online sources:

Resources Solutions
Consulting Allowed Not Allowed
Copying Cite Not Allowed

See the CSE Guide to the Honor Code for definitions of the above terms.

If an instructor sees behavior that is, in his judgment, academically dishonest, he is required to file either an Honor Code Violation Report or a formal report to the College of Engineering Honesty Committee.


Understanding the Digital World

Brian Kernighan Website


Automate the Boring Stuff with Python

Al Sweigart Online Version