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Programming Fundamentals Part 1 (Python) COMP 1516

Computer Systems Course

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 PTS 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

Cost

$609.41 - $648.16 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below are five offerings of COMP 1516 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 46992

Duration

Fri Sep 09 - Fri Dec 09 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 46992
  • $609.41
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 09 - Dec 09 Fri 18:00 - 21:00 Online
Sep 09 - Dec 09 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Rana Al-Sammarraie

Course outline

View

Cost

$609.41

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. 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 on September 30 (Truth & Reconciliation) and November 11 (Remembrance Day).
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 46989

Duration

Sat Sep 10 - Sat Dec 10 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 46989
  • $609.41
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 10 - Dec 10 Sat 13:00 - 16:00 Online
Sep 10 - Dec 10 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Mike Mulder

Course outline

View

Cost

$609.41

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. 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 on October 8 (Thanksgiving) and November 12 (Remembrance Day).
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 46994

Duration

Sat Sep 10 - Sat Dec 10 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 46994
  • $609.41
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 10 - Dec 10 Sat 09:00 - 12:00 Online
Sep 10 - Dec 10 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Jason Wilder

Course outline

View

Cost

$609.41

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. 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 on October 8 (Thanksgiving) and November 12 (Remembrance Day).
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 46967

Duration

Mon Sep 12 - Mon Dec 12 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 46967
  • $609.41
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 12 - Dec 12 Mon 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Sep 12 - Dec 12 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Anca Datcu-Romano

Course outline

View

Cost

$609.41

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. 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 on October 10 (Thanksgiving). No class on September 19 (National Day of Mourning). The course end date has been postponed from Dec 05 to Dec 12.
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 46969

Duration

Thu Sep 15 - Thu Dec 08 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 46969
  • $648.16
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 15 - Dec 08 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 Burnaby SE06 Rm. 106
Sep 15 - Dec 08 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Mathew Linder

Course outline

View

Cost

$648.16

Important information
  1. 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, participants must provide their own current model PC with an i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, 256 GB minimum storage and high-speed internet access. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted. No class on October 6.
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.

Winter 2023

Below are eight offerings of COMP 1516 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 88159

Duration

Tue Jan 10 - Tue Mar 28 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88159
  • $635.30
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 10 - Mar 28 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 Downtown DTC Rm. 382
Jan 10 - Mar 28 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Rana Al-Sammarraie

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$635.30

Important information
  1. 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

CRN 88164

Duration

Tue Jan 10 - Tue Mar 28 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88164
  • $648.16
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 10 - Mar 28 Tue 18:30 - 21:30 Burnaby SE06 Rm. 106
Jan 10 - Mar 28 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Mathew Linder

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$648.16

Important information
  1. 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, participants must provide their own current model PC with an i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, 256 GB minimum storage and high-speed internet access. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

Seats Available

2 seats remaining as of Wed December 7, 2022 at 7:54 pm (PST). Availability may change at any time.

CRN 88166

Duration

Wed Jan 11 - Wed Mar 29 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88166
  • $648.16
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 11 - Mar 29 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Burnaby SE06 Rm. 106
Jan 11 - Mar 29 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Rana Al-Sammarraie

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$648.16

Important information
  1. 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, participants must provide their own current model PC with an i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, 256 GB minimum storage and high-speed internet access. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

CRN 88158

Duration

Thu Jan 12 - Thu Mar 30 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88158
  • $635.30
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 12 - Mar 30 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 Downtown DTC Rm. 410
Jan 12 - Mar 30 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Mike Mulder

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$635.30

Important information
  1. 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, participants must provide their own current model PC with an i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, 256 GB minimum storage and high-speed internet access. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

CRN 88165

Duration

Thu Jan 12 - Thu Mar 30 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88165
  • $648.16
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 12 - Mar 30 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 Burnaby SE06 Rm. 106
Jan 12 - Mar 30 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Mathew Linder

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$648.16

Important information
  1. 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, participants must provide their own current model PC with an i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, 256 GB minimum storage and high-speed internet access. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted.
Status

CRN 88162

Duration

Sat Jan 07 - Sat Apr 01 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88162
  • $648.16
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 07 - Apr 01 Sat 09:00 - 12:00 Burnaby SE06 Rm. 106
Jan 07 - Apr 01 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Jason Wilder

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$648.16

Important information
  1. 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, participants must provide their own current model PC with an i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, 256 GB minimum storage and high-speed internet access. Students cannot attempt COMP 1516, COMP 2501, and COMP 2601 simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted. Class is in session February 18 (Family Day). No class on March 18.
Status

Full

This course offering is 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 07 - Sat Apr 01 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 89865
  • $609.41
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 07 - Apr 01 Sat 13:00 - 16:00 Online
Jan 07 - Apr 01 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Mike Mulder

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$609.41

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. 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 on February 18 (Family Day).
Status

Full

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

CRN 88163

Duration

Mon Jan 09 - Mon Apr 03 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88163
  • $609.41
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 09 - Apr 03 Mon 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Jan 09 - Apr 03 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Anca Datcu-Romano

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$609.41

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. 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 on February 20 (Family Day).
Status

Full

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

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.
  • Move on to COMP 2501 - Programming Fundamentals Part 2.

Effective as of Winter 2021

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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