Welcome to CPSC 110


Computation, programs and programming play a vital role in the work of scientists, engineers, artists and other professionals: they allow us to organize, store, analyze and visualize information; create animations, music, and online communities; control devices in our environment; develop computational models and simulations; and much much more.

The major goal of this course is to introduce students to a systematic method for solving hard design problems. Going forward in your career you will of course learn additional techniques, but the design method covered in 110 will serve you well whenever you face a difficult design problemwhether it is program design or a problem from another field entirely. Previous students have said:

    Studying computer science inspired me to think about problems differently and take a more systematic approach to them.

    Program design is applicable not only to computer science, but numerous areas of life. It is essential in the development of problem solving skills.

The course is designed to be interesting, accessible and useful for all UBC students—CS majors and non-majors alike. No prior programming experience is assumed, and very little math and science background is required. The course will also prepare you to learn more Computer Science skills and concepts in the future, either through formal courses or on your own.



Where to go


UBC CPSC 110 builds upon the edX Systematic Program Design courses, and provides additional material for UBC students.

If you are a UBC student and will taking CPSC 110


If you are a UBC student and have questions about the course 

  • Please carefully read our FAQ below 
  • If your question is unanswered, please send email to cpsc110-admin AT cs DOT ubc DOT ca


If you are a UBC student and will be taking the challenge exam in early September 2015 


You can access many of the course materials needed through the links below. (Other materials are only available by taking the live course)


If you are interested in learning the course material but are not a UBC student 

    You can find much of the content through edX.


FAQ


The lecture section I want to take is full / I am on the wait list for CPSC 110. What should I do?

There isn’t anything that an instructor can do to get you into a lecture section that is full. But each term, a number of students sign up for CPSC 110 hoping to learn how to use existing programs like Excel, Word, Power Point, etc. When they discover that this is not the focus of 110, they drop and some space opens up in the course for students from the wait list.

So if you would like to get in the course, you must:

    1. Register on the wait list
    2. Go to lecture
    3. Start doing all the work
    4. Not go to lab
    5. Take the late-entry quizzes

Note that although students on the wait list are not allowed to attend labs, you can complete them and see a TA during DLC hours for feedback — this will not give you the lab marks, but you will be excused from these labs once you are moved into the class.

Movement from the wait list into the course is dependent on both your wait list order and your ability to demonstrate that you have been doing work in the course from the first day of term via passing the late-entry quizzes. Each week for the first couple weeks of term, course staff will host a short 15 minute quiz, similar to the pre-lecture questions on edX. Students who pass the quiz and are near the top of the wait list will then be moved into the course (dependent on the number of spaces available in each lecture section). If you are still on the wait list by the next quiz date, then you are expected take that quiz as well.

Here are the scheduled quiz dates (note that this is subject to change):

    • Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 
      • 2 sittings (only need to attend one), from between 6pm - 7pm
      • location TBD
    • Monday, September 21st, 2015
      • 2 sittings (only need to attend one), from between 6pm - 7pm
      • location TBD

I'm registered in a lecture section and a lab section, but I want to switch into a different lab section that is full. Can you get me into the lab section?

There isn't anything an instructor can do to get you into your preferred lab section if it is full. You should closely monitor the SSC between the beginning of term and the add/drop deadline to see if space opens up in your preferred lab section. You must attend the lab section that you are registered for even if it's not your preferred lab section. If you are able to switch your lab section on the SSC, when you first attend your new lab you should identify yourself to the TA as a student who just joined that lab section.


I'm registered in a lecture section, but all the lab sections that fit my course schedule are full. What should I do?

  • Closely monitor the SSC website to see if space opens up in the lab section you want.
  • Up to the add/drop deadline, attend a lab section that fits your course schedule. Identify yourself to the TA as a student who is hoping to get into that lab.
  • If you still don't have a lab section by the second lab, email cpsc110-admin AT cs DOT ubc DOT ca and describe your situation.
  • Since you are registered in a lecture section, we will ensure that you end up in a lab section that fits your course schedule. This may not be your preferred lab section, however.