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COMP 1516 - Programming Fundamentals with Python

Computer Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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Course Details

​This hands-on introductory course replaces COMP 1409 and is the foundation for all BCIT Computing PTS programming courses. Students with no prior programming experience are introduced to fundamental programming concepts and the basics of using Python. COMP 1516 is a BYOD (bring your own device) course, participants must provide their own Windows 10 dual core laptop with a minimum of 8GB RAM to participate in this course. Attendance is required during scheduled class hours. Participation is mandatory and students can expect a minimum of 4 hours per week online via the BCIT Learning Hub. Students should also plan for an additional 10+ hours homework per week in most weeks. Participants design, implement, test, and debug simple programs that incorporate: variables, expressions, assignments, I/O, conditional and iterative control constructs, functions, and parameter passing. Topics include: Data structures, data modelling, programming constructs, arrays, strings, sets and maps. Labs and exercises focus on writing code for projects, assignments, and activities. COMP 1516 participants will design, implement, test, debug simple programs and will have acquired a basic understanding of programming. Successful students will be prepared to move on to higher level programming courses in the Applied Software Development, ASD Associate Certificate and the Computer Systems Certificate, CSC.

Prerequisite(s)

COMP 1002 or equivalent knowledge of using a Windows 10 PC for file management.

Credits

4.0

Cost

$610.91 - $620.91 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Fall 2020

Below are 11 offerings of this course for the Fall 2020 term.

CRN 46994

Sat Sep 12 - Sat Dec 05 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 12 - Dec 05 Sat 09:00 - 12:00 DTC Online Delivery
Sep 12 - Dec 05 Online Online Delivery

Instructor

Jason Harrison

Course Outline

Cost

$610.91

Notes

  1. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. Late registration is not permitted. No class on October 3. Class is in session October 10 (Thanksgiving).

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.

In Progress

CRN 46967

Mon Sep 14 - Mon Dec 07 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 14 - Dec 07 Mon 18:30 - 21:30 BBY Online Delivery
Sep 14 - Dec 07 Online Online Delivery

Instructor

Anca Datcu-Romano

Course Outline

Cost

$620.91

Notes

  1. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. Late registration is not permitted. No class on October 12 (Thanksgiving).

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.

In Progress

CRN 46988

Mon Sep 14 - Mon Nov 30 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 14 - Nov 30 Mon 18:00 - 21:00 DTC Online Delivery
Sep 14 - Nov 30 Online Online Delivery

Instructor

Mike Mulder

Course Outline

Cost

$610.91

Notes

  1. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. Late registration is not permitted. Class is in session October 12 (Thanksgiving).

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.

In Progress

CRN 46968

Tue Sep 15 - Tue Dec 01 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 15 - Dec 01 Tue 18:30 - 21:30 BBY Online Delivery
Sep 15 - Dec 01 Online Online Delivery

Instructor

Mathew Linder

Course Outline

Cost

$620.91

Notes

  1. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. Late registration is not permitted.

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.

In Progress

CRN 46989

Tue Sep 15 - Tue Dec 01 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 15 - Dec 01 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 DTC Online Delivery
Sep 15 - Dec 01 Online Online Delivery

Instructor

Mike Mulder

Course Outline

Cost

$610.91

Notes

  1. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. Late registration is not permitted.

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.

In Progress

CRN 47488

Tue Sep 15 - Tue Dec 01 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 15 - Dec 01 Tue 18:30 - 21:30 DTC Online Delivery
Sep 15 - Dec 01 Online Online Delivery

Instructor

Anca Datcu-Romano

Course Outline

Cost

$610.91

Notes

  1. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. Late registration is not permitted.

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.

In Progress and Full

CRN 46970

Wed Sep 16 - Wed Dec 02 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 16 - Dec 02 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 BBY Online Delivery
Sep 16 - Dec 02 Online Online Delivery

Instructor

Rana Al-Sammarraie

Course Outline

Cost

$620.91

Notes

  1. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. Late registration is not permitted. Class is in session November 11 (Remembrance Day).

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.

In Progress

CRN 46969

Thu Sep 17 - Thu Dec 03 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 17 - Dec 03 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 BBY Online Delivery
Sep 17 - Dec 03 Online Online Delivery

Instructor

Mathew Linder

Course Outline

Cost

$620.91

Notes

  1. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. Late registration is not permitted.

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.

In Progress and Full

CRN 46990

Thu Sep 17 - Thu Dec 03 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 17 - Dec 03 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 DTC Online Delivery
Sep 17 - Dec 03 Online Online Delivery

Instructor

Rana Al-Sammarraie

Course Outline

Cost

$610.91

Notes

  1. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. Late registration is not permitted.

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.

In Progress

CRN 46993

Fri Sep 18 - Fri Dec 04 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 18 - Dec 04 Fri 18:00 - 21:00 DTC Online Delivery
Sep 18 - Dec 04 Online Online Delivery

Instructor

Jason Harrison

Course Outline

Cost

$610.91

Notes

  1. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. Late registration is not permitted.

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.

In Progress

CRN 46992

Sat Sep 19 - Sat Dec 05 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 19 - Dec 05 Sat 09:00 - 12:00 DTC Online Delivery
Sep 19 - Dec 05 Online Online Delivery

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$610.91

Notes

  1. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. Late registration is not permitted.

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.

Cancelled

Winter 2021

Below are 10 offerings of this course for the Winter 2021 term.

CRN 88162

Sat Jan 02 - Sat Apr 10 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 02 - Apr 10 Sat 09:00 - 12:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Jan 02 - Apr 10 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

Jason Harrison

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$610.91

Notes

  1. Students should not attempt COMP 1516 plus COMP 1451 simultaneously. COMP 1451 is a continuation of COMP 1516 and entry requires a 70% pass in COMP 1516. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. The class meets once per week for 3 hours face to face and requires an additional 1 hour per week online. Late registration is not permitted. Please sign in to the Learning Hub on the course start date for details on how the course will be delivered online. No class on February 13, March 20 and April 03.

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.

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This section is only available for registration starting Wed, Oct 28 at 9:00 am (PDT)

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CRN 88158

Mon Jan 04 - Mon Mar 29 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Mar 29 Mon 18:00 - 21:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Jan 04 - Mar 29 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

Mike Mulder

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$610.91

Notes

  1. Students should not attempt COMP 1516 plus COMP 2501 simultaneously. COMP 2501 is a continuation of COMP 1516 and entry requires a 70% pass in COMP 1516. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. The class meets once per week for 3 hours face to face and requires an additional 1 hour per week online. Late registration is not permitted. Please sign in to the Learning Hub on the course start date for details on how the course will be delivered online. No class on February 15 (Family Day).

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.

}

This section is only available for registration starting Wed, Oct 28 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Sneak Preview

CRN 88163

Mon Jan 04 - Mon Mar 29 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Mar 29 Mon 18:30 - 21:30 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Jan 04 - Mar 29 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

Anca Datcu-Romano

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$620.91

Notes

  1. Students should not attempt COMP 1516 plus COMP 2501 simultaneously. COMP 2501 is a continuation of COMP 1516 and entry requires a 70% pass in COMP 1516. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. The class meets once per week for 3 hours face to face and requires an additional 1 hour per week online. Late registration is not permitted. Please sign in to the Learning Hub on the course start date for details on how the course will be delivered online. No class on February 15 (Family Day).

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.

}

This section is only available for registration starting Wed, Oct 28 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Sneak Preview

CRN 88164

Tue Jan 05 - Tue Mar 23 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 05 - Mar 23 Tue 18:30 - 21:30 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Jan 05 - Mar 23 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

Mathew Linder

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$620.91

Notes

  1. Students should not attempt COMP 1516 plus COMP 2501 simultaneously. COMP 2501 is a continuation of COMP 1516 and entry requires a 70% pass in COMP 1516. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. The class meets once per week for 3 hours face to face and requires an additional 1 hour per week online. Late registration is not permitted. Please sign in to the Learning Hub on the course start date for details on how the course will be delivered online.

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.

}

This section is only available for registration starting Wed, Oct 28 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Sneak Preview

CRN 88160

Thu Jan 07 - Thu Mar 25 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 07 - Mar 25 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Jan 07 - Mar 25 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

Rana Al-Sammarraie

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$610.91

Notes

  1. Students should not attempt COMP 1516 plus COMP 2501 simultaneously. COMP 2501 is a continuation of COMP 1516 and entry requires a 70% pass in COMP 1516. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. The class meets once per week for 3 hours face to face and requires an additional 1 hour per week online. Late registration is not permitted. Please sign in to the Learning Hub on the course start date for details on how the course will be delivered online.

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.

}

This section is only available for registration starting Wed, Oct 28 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Sneak Preview

CRN 88165

Thu Jan 07 - Thu Mar 25 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 07 - Mar 25 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Jan 07 - Mar 25 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

Mathew Linder

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$620.91

Notes

  1. Students should not attempt COMP 1516 plus COMP 2501 simultaneously. COMP 2501 is a continuation of COMP 1516 and entry requires a 70% pass in COMP 1516. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. The class meets once per week for 3 hours face to face and requires an additional 1 hour per week online. Late registration is not permitted. Please sign in to the Learning Hub on the course start date for details on how the course will be delivered online.

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.

}

This section is only available for registration starting Wed, Oct 28 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Sneak Preview

CRN 88161

Fri Jan 08 - Fri Apr 09 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 08 - Apr 09 Fri 18:00 - 21:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Jan 08 - Apr 09 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

Jason Harrison

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$610.91

Notes

  1. Students should not attempt COMP 1516 plus COMP 2501 simultaneously. COMP 2501 is a continuation of COMP 1516 and entry requires a 70% pass in COMP 1516. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. The class meets once per week for 3 hours face to face and requires an additional 1 hour per week online. Late registration is not permitted. Please sign in to the Learning Hub on the course start date for details on how the course will be delivered online. No class on March 19 and April 2 (Easter).

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.

}

This section is only available for registration starting Wed, Oct 28 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Sneak Preview

CRN 88159

Tue Jan 12 - Tue Mar 30 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 12 - Mar 30 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Jan 12 - Mar 30 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

Rana Al-Sammarraie

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$610.91

Notes

  1. Students should not attempt COMP 1516 plus COMP 2501 simultaneously. COMP 2501 is a continuation of COMP 1516 and entry requires a 70% pass in COMP 1516. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. The class meets once per week for 3 hours face to face and requires an additional 1 hour per week online. Late registration is not permitted. Please sign in to the Learning Hub on the course start date for details on how the course will be delivered online.

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.

}

This section is only available for registration starting Wed, Oct 28 at 9:00 am (PDT)

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CRN 88166

Wed Jan 13 - Wed Mar 31 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 13 - Mar 31 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Jan 13 - Mar 31 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

Rana Al-Sammarraie

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$620.91

Notes

  1. Students should not attempt COMP 1516 plus COMP 2501 simultaneously. COMP 2501 is a continuation of COMP 1516 and entry requires a 70% pass in COMP 1516. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. The class meets once per week for 3 hours face to face and requires an additional 1 hour per week online. Late registration is not permitted. Please sign in to the Learning Hub on the course start date for details on how the course will be delivered online.

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.

}

This section is only available for registration starting Wed, Oct 28 at 9:00 am (PDT)

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CRN 88296

Wed Jan 13 - Wed Mar 31 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 13 - Mar 31 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Jan 13 - Mar 31 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

Anca Datcu-Romano

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$620.91

Notes

  1. Students should not attempt COMP 1516 plus COMP 2501 simultaneously. COMP 2501 is a continuation of COMP 1516 and entry requires a 70% pass in COMP 1516. Course is 48 hours - 36 in class and 12 online. The class meets once per week for 3 hours face to face and requires an additional 1 hour per week online. Late registration is not permitted. Please sign in to the Learning Hub on the course start date for details on how the course will be delivered online.

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.

}

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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.
  • Refactor a program by identifying opportunities to apply procedural abstraction.
  • 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.
  • Apply a variety of strategies to the testing and debugging of simple programs.
  • Conduct a personal code review on a program component.
  • Contribute to a small-team code walkthrough.

Effective as of Winter 2021

Related Programs

COMP 1516 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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

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