Programming and problem solving

CS 161, Winter 2019

Columbia Gorge Community College
Hood River Indian Creek Campus
1730 College Way, Hood River, Oregon

MW 2:00–4:50pm, HRC 304
CRN 1093594, 4 credits


Robert Surton

Office Hours

TuTh 4:00–5:00pm, Hood River Faculty Office

Course description

Introduces programming, with emphasis on one language but using concepts that are fundamental for many languages, including values, variables, conditionals, loops, and functions. Explores how a computer executes programs, the difference between a program and a computation, and how to write and analyze a program to justify confidence in its result.

Prerequisite/concurrent: CS 160. Audit available.


Loop exercises

Student-submitted resources:

My C language tutorial.

You can use an ssh client, such as PuTTY, to log in to our shared server across the Internet. The hostname is and the port is 2234.

Learning outcomes

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

Classroom expectations and policies

This is a work- and discussion-based class, and attendance is required. Your grade will be based on demonstrating your achievement of the course outcomes in class, and therefore participation is the only way to succeed. If you must miss a class, give me as much notice as you can and make a plan with me for how to make up your participation.

My classes are always safe space. The Advocates for Youth define a safe space as:

A place where anyone can relax and be fully self-expressed, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, age, or physical or mental ability; a place where the rules guard each person's self-respect and dignity and strongly encourage everyone to respect others.

The policies of CGCC also apply.

It is important to me that students come to my classes eager to learn; if there is something in your life making it difficult to participate, please come to me. I will do what I can to make sure you can find the resources you need outside of class, in order to foster an energetic community inside of class.