Getting Started

Welcome to CS 124! We are so excited that you are here.

Here's how to get your introduction to computer science off to a great start.

0. Activate Google Login

You must enable Google Apps integration to participate in CS 124. Doing so will allow you to participate in discussions on the forum, as well as access your grades and complete your daily lessons on this website.

The process is simple:

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Once you have Google Login set up, please login before continuing.

1. Explore the Course Forum

Your account on the course forum should be ready and waiting. Join us! Most important course discussions take place on the forum, particularly in the announcements category.

2. Complete Your Profile

We'd like to get to know you a bit better, so please complete your profile. There is 1% extra credit available if you upload a YouTube introduction video and a Gravatar image by Friday 9/2/2022.

3. Browse the Course Calendar

CS 124 moves steadily. However, we have lots of ways for you to get help.

Note that your weekly Tuesday quiz sections are the only synchronous meetings this semester. During that time you will take a 50-minute quiz. All other course activities are conducted asynchronously. This format has proven extremely successful over the past two years.

Note also that we will begin quizzes online for the first several weeks. Online quizzes will be proctored over Zoom. You should not report to the room for your assigned quiz section until instructed, although you should take your quiz during your assigned quiz time. Starting the quizzes online will help us all become comfortable with that format, while also waiting out any early-semester surge of disease activity on campus.

4. Review the Syllabus

The syllabus is packed with useful information. Don't try and read it all at once. But do skim it now and then refer to it later when needed.

5. Choose Your Language

CS 124 is offered in two programming languages—Kotlin and Java. Before you start the lessons, choose your primary language.

6. Test the Quiz Zoom

You will need to be able to log on to Zoom using a mobile device to take quizzes for CS 124. Here's the link if you want to try that now. If you have trouble, these instructions may help:

7. Get Started on the Daily Lessons

The daily lessons begin here. Each has a small homework problem to complete. So get started and catch up as soon as you can. All first week homework are due Monday September 6th.

8. Try the Practice Quiz

We've posted a practice quiz on the quizzes page. Give it a try get comfortable with the online quiz tool that we'll be using this semester!