CIS 15: Python Programming for Everyone#


Mondays 1:10pm to 5:15pm


Aptos Room 828 and Online


Open Lab - 1 hour per week




Course Description#

Teaches Python programming for non-programmers, working professionals and the curious. No previous programming experience is required. Teaches the fundamental concepts and models of application development including the program design, data types, programming, problem solving, logic, and design techniques for event-driven programs. Provides hands-on experience with a modern development environment that is perfect for beginners. May be offered in distance-learning format.

Course Content#

1. Introduction to Python#

  • Login to Jupyterhub

  • Be familiar with Jupyter Notebook

Getting Started
Using the Turtle

2. Variables and Operations#

  • Understand how variables hold data

  • Use common operators

  • Use the debugger

Strings and Variables

3. Lists and Dictionaries#

  • Use a variable to hold multiple values

  • Write list and dictionary literals

  • Perform basic operations on lists and dictionaries


4. Strings and Printing#

  • Use format and the f-string

  • Write basic HTML

Quotes and Format
Introduction to HTML
Input Widgets
Formatting and HTML

5. Functions#

  • Write a function

  • Understand function arguments and return values


6. Interactive Programs#

  • Define an event

  • Use a function to implement and event-driven program


7. Character Encoding#

  • Learn binary and hexadecimal

  • Convert binary data into readable words

Binary and Hex
Character Encoding

8. Reading and Writing Files#

  • Read and write files with a program

  • Understand file handles


9. Logic and Decisions#

  • Understand conditional execution

  • Use if, elif and else

Logic and Decisions
if Statments

10. Loops and Loop Algorithms#

  • Write a for loop to iterate over a list

  • Use a while loop

  • Write looping algorithms

The for Loop
The while Loop

11. Data Science#

  • Identify data file formats

  • Load data using Pandas

  • Perform elementary data analysis tasks

Data Science

12. Data Structures#

  • Mix lists, dictionaries and values into a data structure

  • Use a REST API

Data Structures
Data Structures

13. Classes and Objects#

  • Understand classes and instances

  • Make your own data type

Classes and Objects
Lab 12: Classes

Student Learner Outcomes#

  • Develop small programs that implement basic algorithmic designs.

  • Organize and document program code following the principles of software engineering.


  • Use primitive data types and data structures offered by the development environment.

  • Choose an appropriate data structure for modeling a simple problem.

  • Identify basic programming concepts.

  • Write simple applications that relate to a specific domain.

  • Design, implement, test, and debug a program that uses each of the following fundamental programming constructs: basic computation, simple I/O, standard conditional and iterative structures, and the definition of functions.

  • Test applications with sample data.

  • Apply core program control structures.

Grading Policy#

  • 60% Labs and Homework

  • 20% Midterm

  • 20% Final

COVID-19 Policy#

Students must conduct an illness/health self-assessment each day they visit campus which includes the questions below. If you answer YES to any of these, you should not come to campus and should contact me for further guidance.

  • Are you currently experiencing a fever? Is your temperature 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher?

  • Do you have a headache, chills, body aches, or fatigue? Are you experiencing any respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, congestion, or runny nose? Have you lost your sense of smell or taste?

  • Do you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea?

By attending this course, you acknowledge that you are aware of the Cabrillo College COVID-19 Prevention Plan and Safe Reopening Plan and agree to abide by the guidelines therein to preserve the safety of yourself and others. You further understand that you will be asked to leave campus if you fail to adhere to the guidelines provided.

TBA (To Be Arranged) Lab Hours#

This course meets weekly at the times shown in the Cabrillo Schedule of Classes and above. In addition each student is required to spend lab time every week in either the CIS Lab (room 830) or online using one of the online accounts issued to you. Students may choose the time and day for their TBA Lab Hours where they will work on lab assignments designed to give them practical hands-on experience and continue the learning process. These TBA lab hours are required and tracked. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the TBA lab hours, which start on Week 1 of the term. Tip: A great time to do TBA lab hours is in the CIS Lab during my STEM hours. If that is not possible, questions can always be posted on the class discussion group.

Class Pacing and Due Dates#

Assignments are due most weeks during the term. Each class builds on the previous class so it’s important to keep up with the assignments. Keeping pace with the lectures will help you get the most out of in-class lab activities. However, I would much rather you do an assignment late than not at all. Late work will be accepted until a reasonable amount of time before the end of the semester. There will be a nominal penalty for late assignments.

If you have an emergency that prevents you from submitting assignments on time, please email me for an accommodation.

Classroom Etiquette#

It is important to have an effective, distraction-free classroom environment for learning. To minimize distractions all cell-phones should be turned off or at least silenced. Never carry on conversations during the lecture as this is probably the most annoying distraction possible to those sitting nearby.

For students in the physical classroom, computers can be turned on for viewing lecture slides locally, Google-ing related technical information, and doing classroom exercises. A student’s full attention is desired so the computers should not be used during lecture for email or anything that would distract them or others from the material being taught.

For students in the virtual classroom, use the “Raise hand” icon in CCC Confer to let the instructor know you have a question. The chat window can be used to ask questions and communicate with the instructor or other classmates. For students dialing in please use *6 on your phone to mute/unmute your line so background noises in your location don’t distract the class.

Please plan on coming to all classes. If class will be missed let the instructor know ahead of time. It is the student’s responsibility to get any missed material or information from other classmates (the forum is a good way to do this). Please note that being disruptive is grounds for being dropped from the class by the instructor.

Academic Conduct#

Instructors at Cabrillo will not tolerate any forms of academic dishonesty. We do not accept remarkably similar assignments. Students who engage in violations of academic integrity (cheating, plagiarizing print or electronic sources, copying computer files, web site content) as outlined in Cabrillo’s Student Rights and Responsibilities document are subject to disciplinary action by the instructor including receiving an “F” for the assignment, being dropped from the course with a “W” or being issued an “F” for the course.

Missing Classes and Drops#

It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from classes. If you miss more than two classes or two lab assignments, the instructor may drop you from the course enrollment unless prior arrangements have been made and agreed to.

Nondescrimination and Accessibility Notice#

The District is committed to equal opportunity in educational programs, employment, and all access to institutional programs and activities. The District, and each individual who represents the District, shall provide access to its services, classes, and programs without regard to national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or military and veteran status, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Students needing accommodations should inform the instructor. As required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodations are provided to insure equal access for students with verified disabilities. To determine if you qualify or if you need assistance with an accommodation, please contact the ACCESSIBILITY SUPPORT CENTER (Formerly DSPS), Room 1073 (upstairs in the Library), (831) 479-6379 or (831) 479-6370.

Support Services#

Cabrillo College has many programs and services designed to help you during your academic journey. You can visit the website at for a complete listing of support services (under the Student Services tab). Please take advantage of the services provided to you by the college.

Financial Aid#

Cabrillo College provides several financial aid opportunities for students. For tuition and/or book assistance information, go to Cabrillo’s Financial Aid page.

Student Rights and Responsibilities#

You are expected to contribute to a positive learning environment. Your responsibilities as a student include:

  • Respect for your fellow students, staff, and faculty

  • Actively participating in the learning environment

  • Taking responsibility for learning and progressing in your course

  • Requesting assistance from the instructor when needed

  • Adhere to all academic integrity principles

  • Reading and understanding the Cabrillo Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. (the student grievance procedure is outlined beginning on pg. 18 of the handbook).

  • Following all school policies and procedures (All policies and procedures can be found at Cabrillo’s Board Policies and Administrative Procedures page).


Cabrillo College is committed to providing a safe and secure campus environment. The college will not tolerate acts of harassment or violence. For campus safety and security information, go to the Sheriff’s page. To report an incident or complaint, please go to the Just Report It page on the website: Just Report It.