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Programming Fundamentals Part 1 (Python) COMP 1516

Computer Systems Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​Students with no prior computer programming experience are introduced to using Python to write simple programs. This hands-on introductory computer programming course is the foundation for all BCIT Computing Flexible Learning programming courses. COMP 1516 is not a Python development course, it is the first step in a series of three (3) applied programming fundamentals courses. Students must provide their own current model Windows capable PC, i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, and 256 GB minimum storage. High-speed internet access is needed for online sections and for homework. Topics include: Data structures, data modelling, programming constructs, lists, strings, sets and maps. Labs and exercises focus on writing code for projects, assignments, and activities. Participants will design, implement, test, and debug simple programs that incorporate: variables, expressions, assignments, I/O, conditional and iterative control constructs, functions, and parameter passing. Please Note: Attendance, participation in class and the BCIT Learning Hub are mandatory. Students may have an average total time commitment of 15 hours per week; 3 hours of class time, a 1-hour online component and 10+ hours of homework each week. COMP 1516 is required for the Applied Software Development (ASD) and the Applied Computer Information (ACIS) Associate Certificates, as well as the Computer Systems Certificate (CSC). Upon completion, successful students will have a basic understanding of computer programming and be prepared to move on to COMP 2501 –Programming Fundamentals Part 2.​

Prerequisite(s)

Credits

4.0

Domestic fees

$634.41 - $675.27 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Course offerings

Winter 2024

Below are seven offerings of COMP 1516 for the Winter 2024 term.

CRN 88162

Duration

Sat Jan 06 - Sat Apr 06 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88162
  • Domestic fees $675.27
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 06 - Mar 02 Sat 09:00 - 12:00 Burnaby SE12 Rm. 311
Jan 06 - Apr 06 N/A N/A Online
Mar 09 Sat 09:00 - 12:00 Burnaby SE06 Rm. 230
Mar 16 - Apr 06 Sat 09:00 - 12:00 Burnaby SE12 Rm. 311
Instructor

Jason Wilder

Course outline

View

Domestic fees

$675.27

Important information
  1. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  2. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours on campus and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours on campus and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. This is a BYOD (bring your own device) course, students must provide their own current model laptop with an i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, and 256 GB minimum storage. High-speed internet access is needed for online sections and for homework. Please note: BCIT does not provide technical support for student's hardware or operating systems. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted. Class in session February 17 (Family Day). No class March 16 and 30.
Status

In Progress and Full

This course offering is in progress and full. Please check this page for other currently available offerings, subscribe to receive email updates or contact us with your comments or questions.

CRN 89865

Duration

Sat Jan 06 - Sat Apr 06 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 89865
  • Domestic fees $634.41
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 06 - Apr 06 Sat 13:00 - 16:00 Online
Jan 06 - Apr 06 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Mike Mulder

Course outline

View

Domestic fees

$634.41

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours synchronous online classes and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours online and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted. No class February 17 (Family Day) and March 30 (Easter).
Status

In Progress

This course offering is in progress. Please check this page for other currently available offerings, subscribe to receive email updates or contact us with your comments or questions.

CRN 88159

Duration

Tue Jan 09 - Tue Mar 26 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88159
  • Domestic fees $661.52
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 09 - Mar 26 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 Downtown DTC Rm. 382
Jan 09 - Mar 26 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Rana Al-Sammarraie

Course outline

View

Domestic fees

$661.52

Important information
  1. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  2. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours on campus and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours on campus and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

In Progress and Full

This course offering is in progress and full. Please check this page for other currently available offerings, subscribe to receive email updates or contact us with your comments or questions.

CRN 88164

Duration

Tue Jan 09 - Tue Mar 26 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88164
  • Domestic fees $634.41
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 09 - Mar 26 Tue 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Jan 09 - Mar 26 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Mathew Linder

Course outline

View

Domestic fees

$634.41

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours synchronous online classes and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours online and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

In Progress and Full

This course offering is in progress and full. Please check this page for other currently available offerings, subscribe to receive email updates or contact us with your comments or questions.

CRN 88166

Duration

Wed Jan 10 - Wed Mar 27 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88166
  • Domestic fees $675.27
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 10 - Mar 27 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Burnaby
Jan 10 - Mar 27 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

TBD

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$675.27

Important information
  1. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  2. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours on campus and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours on campus and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. This is a BYOD (bring your own device) course, students must provide their own current model laptop with an i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, and 256 GB minimum storage. High-speed internet access is needed for online sections and for homework. Please note: BCIT does not provide technical support for student's hardware or operating systems. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

Cancelled

This course offering has been cancelled. Please check this page for other currently available offerings, subscribe to receive email updates or contact us with your comments or questions.

CRN 88158

Duration

Thu Jan 11 - Thu Mar 28 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88158
  • Domestic fees $661.52
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 11 - Mar 28 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 Downtown DTC Rm. 410
Jan 11 - Mar 28 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Mike Mulder

Course outline

View

Domestic fees

$661.52

Important information
  1. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  2. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours on campus and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours on campus and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. This is a BYOD (bring your own device) course, students must provide their own current model laptop with an i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, and 256 GB minimum storage. High-speed internet access is needed for online sections and for homework. Please note: BCIT does not provide technical support for student's hardware or operating systems. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

In Progress

This course offering is in progress. Please check this page for other currently available offerings, subscribe to receive email updates or contact us with your comments or questions.

CRN 88165

Duration

Thu Jan 11 - Thu Mar 28 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88165
  • Domestic fees $634.41
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 11 - Mar 28 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Jan 11 - Mar 28 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Mathew Linder

Course outline

View

Domestic fees

$634.41

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours synchronous online classes and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours online and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

In Progress and Full

This course offering is in progress and full. Please check this page for other currently available offerings, subscribe to receive email updates or contact us with your comments or questions.

Spring/Summer 2024

Below are nine offerings of COMP 1516 for the Spring/Summer 2024 term.

CRN 67131

Duration

Tue Apr 09 - Tue Jul 02 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 67131
  • Domestic fees $675.27
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 09 - Jul 02 Tue 18:30 - 21:30 Burnaby SE12 Rm. 310
Apr 09 - Jul 02 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Mathew Linder

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$675.27

Important information
  1. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  2. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours on campus (in a lab with PCs provided) and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours on campus and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. Students can not attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted. No class May 14.
Status

CRN 67130

Duration

Wed Apr 10 - Wed Jun 26 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 67130
  • Domestic fees $634.41
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 10 - Jun 26 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Apr 10 - Jun 26 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Anca Datcu-Romano

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$634.41

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours synchronous online classes and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours online and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. Students can not attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

CRN 67132

Duration

Thu Apr 11 - Thu Jul 04 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 67132
  • Domestic fees $634.41
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 11 - Jul 04 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Apr 11 - Jul 04 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Mathew Linder

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$634.41

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours synchronous online classes and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours online and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. Students can not attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted. No class May 16.
Status

CRN 68902

Duration

Sat Apr 13 - Sat Jul 06 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 68902
  • Domestic fees $634.41
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 13 - Jul 06 Sat 13:00 - 16:00 Online
Apr 13 - Jul 06 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Rana Al-Sammarraie

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$634.41

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours synchronous online classes and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours online and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted. Class in session May 18 (Victoria Day); No class June 29 (Canada Day).
Status

CRN 67128

Duration

Thu Apr 25 - Thu Jul 11 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 67128
  • Domestic fees $661.52
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 25 - Jul 11 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 Downtown DTC Rm. 382
Apr 25 - Jul 11 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Rana Al-Sammarraie

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$661.52

Important information
  1. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  2. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours on campus and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours on campus and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. Students can not attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted. The start and end dates have been changed from April 11 – June 27 to April 25 – July 11.
Status

CRN 66698

Duration

Sat Apr 27 - Sat Jul 27 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 66698
  • Domestic fees $675.27
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 27 - Jul 27 Sat 09:00 - 12:00 Burnaby SE12 Rm. 311
Apr 27 - Jul 27 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Jason Wilder

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$675.27

Important information
  1. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  2. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours on campus and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours on campus and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. This is a BYOD (bring your own device) course, students must provide their own current model laptop with an i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, and 256 GB minimum storage. High-speed internet access is needed for online sections and for homework. Please note: BCIT does not provide technical support for student's hardware or operating systems. Students can not attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted. No class May 18 (Victoria Day) and June 29 (Canada Day).
Status

CRN 66187

Duration

Mon Apr 29 - Mon Jul 29 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 66187
  • Domestic fees $661.52
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 29 - Jul 29 Mon 18:00 - 21:00 Downtown DTC Rm. 678
Apr 29 - Jul 29 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Mike Mulder

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$661.52

Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  3. Please email cstflex@bcit.ca for Departmental approval. Include your Student number (A0#) and COMP__ and preferred CRN __ and Program Declaration____. Please email cstflex@bcit.ca for Departmental approval. Include your Student number (A0#) and COMP__ and preferred CRN __ and Program Declaration____. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours on campus and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours on campus and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. This is a BYOD (bring your own device) course, students must provide their own current model laptop with an i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, and 256 GB minimum storage. High-speed internet access is needed for online sections and for homework. Please note: BCIT does not provide technical support for student's hardware or operating systems. Students can not attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted. Class in session May 20 (Victoria Day) and July 1 (Canada Day).
Status

CRN 67129

Duration

Wed May 01 - Fri Jun 07 (6 weeks)

  • 6 weeks
  • CRN 67129
  • Domestic fees $675.27
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
May 01 - Jun 07 Wed, Fri 14:30 - 17:30 Burnaby SE12 Rm. 311
May 01 - Jun 07 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Jason Wilder

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$675.27

Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  3. Please email cstflex@bcit.ca for Departmental approval. Include your Student number (A0#) and COMP__ and preferred CRN __ and Program Declaration____. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours on campus and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets twice per week for 6 hours on campus and requires an additional 2 hours per week asynchronously. This is a BYOD (bring your own device) course, students must provide their own current model laptop with an i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, and 256 GB minimum storage. High-speed internet access is needed for online sections and for homework. Please note: BCIT does not provide technical support for student's hardware or operating systems. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

CRN 67657

Duration

Tue May 07 - Tue Jul 23 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 67657
  • Domestic fees $661.52
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
May 07 - Jul 23 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 Downtown DTC Rm. 382
May 07 - Jul 23 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Rana Al-Sammarraie

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$661.52

Important information
  1. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  2. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours on campus (in a lab with PCs provided) and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours on campus and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Install and set-up Python.
  • Analyze and explain the behavior of simple programs.
  • Create simple algorithms for solving simple problems.
  • Choose the appropriate data structure for modeling a given problem.
  • Choose appropriate conditional and iteration constructs for a given programming task.
  • Apply the techniques of decomposition to break a program into smaller pieces.
  • Write programs that use primitive data types, variables, expressions, and command line I/O.
  • Write programs that use conditional and iterative control structures, functions, and parameter passing.
  • Write programs that use each of the following data structures: lists, strings, sets, and dictionaries.
  • Write programs using the standard libraries available with a chosen programming language.
  • Write programs that use file I/O to provide persistence across multiple executions.
  • Design and implement a class.
  • Utilize Regular expressions to build search patterns.
  • Apply a variety of strategies to the testing and debugging of simple programs.
  • Conduct a personal code review on a program component.
  • Practice how to work with a partner as part of a team.
  • Move on to COMP 2501 - Programming Fundamentals Part 2.

Effective as of Fall 2023

Related Programs

Programming Fundamentals Part 1 (Python) (COMP 1516) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS)
    Associate Certificate Part-time
  2. Applied Software Development (ASD)
    Associate Certificate Part-time
  3. Computer Systems
    Certificate Part-time

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