Course Syllabus

CS 110A - Coding for Beginners
Course Syllabus


Course Description

This course is designed to teach basic computer programming concepts to anyone - no programming experience required. Using simple tools, students will learn the building blocks of computer programs in a stress-free environment. This introduction to coding will guide students through the process of creating simple programs, starting with graphical coding tools.

Course content will be provided through class lectures.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

Design and implement computer programs that employ basic computer programming concepts.


Class Meetings

Tuesdays 6 pm - 9 pm, room 2923 Maggini Hall, Santa Rosa campus


Instructor Contact

Donald Laird


Phone: (707) 524-1809

Office Hours: 


I try my best to respond to emails within 2 work days. You must put the class section number in the subject line of any email you send to me.


Course Web Site

Students will use the Canvas course web site for assignment instructions, submitting assignments, viewing classmates' work, sharing resources, and viewing grades.



Required: None 


Important Dates

Day Class Begins: 8/15/2023

Day Class Ends: 10/03/2023

Last Day to Drop with refund: 8/15/2023

Last Day to Add with instructor's approval: 8/22/2023

Last Day to Drop without a 'W' symbol: 8/22/2023

Last Day to Opt for Pass/No Pass: 9/25/2023

Last Day to Drop with a 'W' symbol: 10/2/2023


Dropping the Class

If you decide to discontinue this course, it is your responsibility to officially drop it. A student may be dropped from any class when that student's absences exceed ten percent (10%) of the total hours of class time. It is strongly advised that if you need to miss more than one class/homework deadline in a row that you contact the instructor.



Attendance in this class is important, both for the information presented, and for the hands-on activity time.

Students who fail to attend the first class meeting may be dropped by the instructor.  


Pass‐NoPass (P/NP)

You may take this class P/NP. You must decide before the deadline, and add the option online in your student portal or file the P/NP form with Admissions and Records. With a grade of C or better, you will get P.

Once you decide to go for P/NP, you cannot change back to a letter grade.


Instructor Announcements

The instructor will post announcements on the “Instructor Announcements” page in Canvas throughout the semester. Canvas notifies students according to their preferred Notification Preferences. Be sure to turn on Canvas announcements in your student portal in order to receive these announcements immediately after they are made.


Late Policy

All assignments are due when specified, unless other instructions are given. A late submission will receive a 50% penalty. Submissions more than one week late are not accepted without prior arrangement.



This class has a final exam. The material comes from the class lectures and supplemental materials. If any exam is missed, a zero will be recorded as the score. It is your responsibility to take the exam by the due date.


Grading Policy

Click the “Grades” link in Canvas to keep track of your grades. I grade once a week and post grades and comments in the Canvas gradebook.

Grades will be assigned as follows:










If taking Pass/No Pass you need at least 70% of the total class points and complete the midterm exam and the final exam to pass the class.


Standards of Conduct

Students who register in SRJC classes are required to abide by the SRJC Student Conduct Standards. Violation of the Standards is basis for referral to the Vice President of Student Services or dismissal from class or from the College. See the Student Conduct. page.

Collaborating on or copying of tests or homework in whole or in part will be considered an act of academic dishonesty and result in a grade of 0 for that test or assignment. Students are encouraged to share information and ideas, but not their work.

All written work is to be original; plagiarism of any kind will result in a failing grade on that assignment. Students who plagiarize or cheat may be suspended – for one or two class meetings by the instructor – and referred to the Conduct Dean for discipline sanction, in cases of egregious violation. Please see Policy 3.11 for Academic Integrity.


Special Needs

Every effort is made to conform to accessibility standards for all instructor-created materials. Students should contact their instructor as soon as possible if they find that they cannot access any course materials. Students with disabilities who believe they need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact Disability Resources (527-4278).


List of assignments

Note to students: the assignments listed below do not include all course content. To view all course content, go to Modules.


Course Summary:

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