Course Summary

Specific lecture topics taught include problem solving techniques, information theory, career panels, and research areas within the School of Informatics and Computing. A lab component teaches basic technology skills in the areas of web design, media computation, and a basic introduction to programming.

Lecture and laboratory work together to prepare students by providing a basic foundation and general knowledge within the realm of informatics and computer science. INFO-I101 also counts as a GenEd Natural and Mathematical Sciences Requirement.

Semester Schedule

Course Objectives

  • Technology Awareness

    Students will have a general understanding of technology: they will recognize and be critical of technology and how it exists in their lives.

  • Problem Solving

    Students will have the ability to evaluate, process, and create solutions to real world problems using different methods.

  • Teamwork Experience

    Students will have the ability to understand how to use effective communication skills and work within a group.

  • Data Proficiency

    The ability to understand and transform "data" into meaning and actionable knowledge.

  • Tech Fundamentals

    The ability to identify and explain different parts of technology (key terms, basic theories, etc.).

  • Practical Applications

    The ability to use and apply computational tools to solve real world problems.

  • Abstract Thinking

    The ability to apply critical and logical thinking to solve real world problems.

  • Problem Deconstruction

    The ability to evaluate the nature of a given problem.

  • Academic Excellence

    To practice effective 21st Century Skills by engaging in group work, delivering in class presentations, and writing critical essays about technology.

  • Social Consideration

    The ability to identify, evaluate, and critique the impact of technology on society/culture, over time, and into the future.


No previous programming experience or coursework is required.


During lab, you will be saving your work to your web server space but you should also to keep a back up. It's important to note that all IU lab machines are restored every night, so any saved work will be deleted. These drives are affordable and can be purchased almost anywhere — you should not need anything larger than 1GB.

All readings will be accessible online for free.

Study Sessions

Check out the weekly study sessions on the Office Hours page!


If there is a waitlist for the course, we must wait for the waitlist to run at the end of the first week of classes. After that Saturday, students may process an eAdd/Drop to add the course. Students will only be added to the course if there are physical spots left in the lab/lecture selected. Physical space is based on fire code and other Indiana University policy.

Classroom Policy

Laptops in Lecture & Lab

Laptops are only allowed in lecture for use during class to take notes or other class-related reasons. There is a three strike policy, if students are off task during lecture (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.). After those three instances, no laptops will be allowed until the end of the semester. Laptops in lab are to the discretion of the lab instructor.

Course Communication/Emails

Class announcements will be made via Canvas Announcements, which go to student emails. Students should frequently check their email. The excuse, "I didn't get the email" will not be accepted for assignment due dates and other announcements. No exceptions.

All announcements are sent via Canvas, which means they are archived. To access archived course announcements, go to Canvas > Announcements.

Due to the large number of students enrolled in INFO I101, we have course email accounts set up to streamline your emailing needs. If you need to contact your lab instructor or lecture instructor about anything, use the following emails. We will not respond to emails sent to our personal email accounts.

When emailing us, you must also use your official IU email address. We will not respond to emails that do not come from your official IU email address.

For lab/assignment/grading questions or issues, please email Include your specific lab section number in the subject line. If you do not include your lab section number in the subject line, your email will be deleted automatically.

For general/logistical/medical/etc questions or issues, please email Include your specific lecture section number in the subject line.

Do not use Canvas Messaging. We will not respond to messages sent via Canvas Messaging.

Please understand that at times it may take a little longer, especially over the weekend and during holidays.

For a list of all lecture and lab section numbers, see the Schedule page.

Special Accommodations

If you have a disability that may require special arrangements please let us know during the first two weeks of class by email or in person. This includes documented issues (ADD, depression, dyslexia, etc.) and unexpected issues (broken arm, concussion, etc.). If you feel that you need assistance at any time, please visit Disability Services for Students as soon as possible. The sooner that we receive your memo/paperwork, the sooner we can assist you in your needs for the course.

Disability Services for Students

Every attempt will be made to accommodate qualified students with disabilities (e.g. mental health, learning, chronic health, physical, hearing, vision, neurological, etc.). You must have established your eligibility for support services through Disability Services for Students. Note that services are confidential, may take time to put into place, and are not retroactive. Captions and alternate media for print materials may take three or more weeks to get produced. Please contact Disability Services for Students online or by calling (812)-855-7578 as soon as possible if accommodations are needed. The office is located on the third floor, west tower, of the Wells Library (Room W302). Walk-ins are welcome 8AM–5PM, Monday–Friday. You can also locate a variety of campus resources for students and visitors who need assistance at the ADA website.


Attendance is taken during every lab AND lecture meeting.

Attendance is taken in every lab meeting and is worth a substantial portion of the course grade. Excused absences must be documented with a written note, letter, etc. from an appropriate party. We must receive this documentation within one week of the absence. No exceptions.

Attendance is recorded in the I101 Canvas site. It is each student's individual responsibility to keep track of their own grades on Canvas. Instructors do their best to ensure that grades are entered accurately, but mistakes can happen. Students are encouraged to check Canvas often for errors.

Producing a falsified and/or forged document will lead to academic sanctions (see the Academic Misconduct section).

Attendance points will not be given to students who are more than 15 minutes late to lecture or lab, or students who leave early, unless there are special circumstances discussed with the instructor beforehand.

Students are asked to check for conflicts between class days and religious holidays, holy days, etc. Arrangements will be made, but it is crucial that instructors are aware of them ahead of time. If students plan to leave for vacation, they should purchase tickets or make plans for after the final week of class.

Holiday Form

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism constitutes using others' ideas, words, or images without properly giving credit to the original source. This includes copying written work, code, a friend's paper, etc. If you turn in any work with your name affixed to it, we assume that work is your own and that all sources are indicated and documented in the text, with quotations and/or citations in MLA or APA format.

Some examples of academic misconduct include (but are not limited to): copying a friend’s homework, forgetting to use quotation marks correctly, using an assignment from another class, using an assignment from a previous I101 student, turning in old work (if you are retaking the course), etc. If you have any questions, please let us know ASAP.

We will respond to acts of academic misconduct according to University policy concerning plagiarism. Sanctions for plagiarism can include a grade of F for the assignment in question and/or for the course and must include a report to the Dean of Students Office.

We will report any and all acts of plagiarism or cheating. Be sure to use citations correctly and check your work. If you are working with others, be sure that you are turning in your own work.

In short, please do not plagiarize. If you are concerned that you have, please ask one of the Instructors.

In addition to plagiarism, falsley signing in for attendance, assignments, harrassment of students/instructors, etc. are also treated as cases of academic/personal misconduct. All cases will be reported to the University accord to the Code of Conduct and University guidelines.

University Guidelines

For those of you who would like more information about what plagiarism is and EXTRA CREDIT, please visit the below tutorial. If you complete this tutorial within the first 3 weeks of the course and forward your “certificate of completion” email that you receive to your lab instructor via, we will award you one point of extra credit. Please put “plagiarism extra credit” in the subject line of your email and be sure to include your lab section number.


Assignments & Grading

Other assignments will be submitted as HTML webpages, which will also be explained during lab sessions. Please ensure that you receive an email confirmation that your assignment has been submitted, as Canvas occasionally fails to upload correctly. This confirmation proves that your assignment was submitted on time to Canvas.

Save a copy of the assignments that you complete for this class. Do not open them after you have finished them, as that will alter the last modified date. All assignments will go through Turn It In. You will only have 2 uploads per assignment to Canvas, so be sure that you are submitting the final version. No exceptions.

Late Policy

The due date posted on the course schedule is firm. If you do not turn in your assignment on time, you will lose 50% per 24 hours after the due date, then we will no longer accept submissions for the assignment. No exceptions. There will be a 15 minute buffer added to every due date in case there are network issues while uploading your assignment.

I101 uses a combined Canvas site for all lecture and lab sections. This results in different due dates for each student depending on their lab days and times. Students are responsible for keeping track of their own due dates for lecture and lab assignments.

Grades are recorded on the I101 OnCourse site. It is each student's own responsibility to help us keep track of their grades on Canvas.

Grade Breakdown

  • 10% Final Group Project
  • 20% Lab Checks/Exams (total of 4 given in lab)
  • 15% Lab Assignments
  • 10% Lecture Checks/Exams (total of 2 given in lecture)
  • 15% Lecture Prep & Assignments
  • 20% Midterm Project & Final Paper
  • 10% Attendance

Grades are final once posted. Grades will not be rounded up. Incomplete grades are only given under extraordinary circumstances.

Extra Credit opportunities will come along throughout the semester and will be announced. There is a 3% cap on extra credit.

The last day for any grade disputes or changes (attendance, assignment grades missing, etc.) is the Wednesday of finals week. Disputes or changes after this date will not be processed except in cases of instructor error.

You will receive an email from your instructor and/or Canvas when your grades have been updated (assignment, exam, extra credit, respectively). You will have ONE WEEK to dispute any of the grades after they have been entered – you are encouraged to set up a meeting with your instructor as we are not able to discuss grades over email. After this point, we are unable to change grades except in extreme circumstances.

A+ 99%
A 94%
A- 90%
B+ 87%
B 84%
B- 80%
C+ 77%
C 74%
C- 70%
D+ 67%
D 64%
D- 60%

Lab Checks/Exams

I101 has 4 Lab Checks/Exams that occur throughout the semester (per the course schedule page). They will be given during normally scheduled lab time.

Lecture Checks/Exams

I101 has 2 Lecture Checks/Exams that occur throughout the semester (per the course schedule page). They will be given during normally scheduled lecture time.

Disability Services for Students (DSS) Exams — if you require extra testing time or other accomodations, you must give your paperwork to Nina or Dan ASAP. DSS exams occur during study sessions — Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 7-9PM in the Informatics West Lobby. Please show up to a study session during the exam week to take your DSS exam.

Make-up Exams — we only offer makeup exams at the times specified in the announcement you receive before the exam. Please email ASAP if you miss an exam for an emergency reason. We will require official documentation of some sort. You will need a note or documentation for that day, so please be sure to visit the doctor if you are sick on an exam day. If you cannot produce documentation and/or the reason for missing was not an emergency (e.g. sleeping in) you will not be allowed to take a makeup exam.

IU Resources

Student Advocates Office

There are many things that are out of your control. If you are having trouble with school work, family issues or illnesses, legal problems, plagiarism problems, long term hospitalization, assault, etc., you have someone on your side that can help you. Set up an appointment or walk into the Student Advocates Office and they will help you get paperwork in line, get additional help, and be an advocate for you.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Sometimes things can get stressful or hard to handle; school, relationships, jobs. There are several places for you to get free help if you even just need to talk to someone. If you find yourself falling behind in any of your coursework or having any issues that are affecting you, please go to see CAPS. They can assist you to get the help that you need, as well as any necessary documentation for missing assignments, etc.

Disability Services for Students

The office of Disability Services for Students helps students with various disabilities, including physical, psychological, learning, medical, vision, hearing, or temporary conditions, to acheive their academic goals.

There are many DSS requests for class notes. Non-DSS students may volunteer to take notes that are shared with approved students weekly. If you would like to be an official "note taker" for this course, please email to let us know.

A Safe Environment

As your instructors, one of our responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment on our campus. Title IX and our own Sexual Misconduct policy prohibit sexual misconduct. If you have experienced sexual misconduct, or know someone who has, the University can help. You are encouraged to visit to learn more. If you are seeking help and would like to speak to someone confidentially, you can make an appointment with a Mental Health Counselor on campus (contact information available here.

It is also important that you know that federal regulations and University policy require instructors to promptly convey any known information about potential sexual misconduct to our Deputy Title IX Coordinator or IU’s Title IX Coordinator. In that event, they will work with a small number of others on campus to ensure that appropriate measures are taken and resources are made available to the student who may have been harmed. Protecting a student’s privacy is of utmost concern, and all involved will only share information with those that need to know to ensure the University can respond and assist.

Additionally, we have a action guide for any emergencies that may arise while you are on campus. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.


Utilize your fellow students, Canvas, and other online resources if you have questions. Please do not hesitate to ask your instructors questions during class, during office hours, or by Canvas Messaging/Inbox or email.

For a list of all lecture and lab section numbers, see the Schedule page.