Before the First Class +

Welcome to CS110, Introduction to Computer Applications.

This document should help you get started and be ready for the first day of class.
If you have any questions please feel free to each me at my university eddress AmbrosiniS@CCSU.Edu or log into Moodle and use the forum.

Either way, DO NOT wait until the first day of class to ask questions!

Purchase the book. You can go to the CCSU Book store and spend $159 for either of the new books (Editions 7 or 8) or go online to spend from 1c to around $10 and get the previous version (Editions 5 or 6) instead. The books are slightly different and even if you are working with someone with a different book, you will probably not notice the difference*.

LAST MINUTE UPDATE (1/8/2018): Just this week, the new book (Book1) was been introduced in the book store that costs the same and either book will work for the course HOWEVER, the original book (Book2) may not have any buy-back value at the end of the course. This also suggests that the book2 version as a used book may not have any buy-back value either.

The two NEW books available for CS110 are:
Newer New Book 1 ISBN: 9781305578166     Older New Book 2 ISBN: 9781133526148

ISBN: 9781305578166                                         ISBN: 9781133526148                

And the used, and much cheaper books are available on-line are:

  ISBN: 9780538747455        ISBN: 9780538747455        ISBN: 9781423927228
ISBN: 9780538747455   ISBN: 9780538747455   ISBN: 9781423927228

Go for cheap and low shipping cost but be sure to have it before the first day of class. Verify the cover over the ISBN as errors can happen. Other instructors do not have this policy of accepting previous versions.

Log into Moodle. This is the source to see your assignments, worksheets, exams etc for the course.

  • Go to and
  • click on Spring 2018 and
  • click on S18 Computer Science and
  • click on Introduction to Internet Applications (Ambrosini) and
  • log in.
  • Enjoy!

Homework The first seven weeks cover the first seven chapters and each week includes an associated worksheet which is found in Moodle. Homework is to be submitted through Moodle ONLY and is due on Mondays by the 9am the week after they are assigned. Late work will not be accepted.

Fortunately, the homework is not much more than performing the tasks spelled out in the chapter with the exception of the end-of-chapter work . For your fun and enjoyment you may, however, explore all parts of the book and include additional coding into your homework, classwork and especially your term project. Answers and explanations to the odd numbered ones are found at the end of the book. Exploring these will go a long way to help you develop better understanding of the course.

Generally, class work will not follow the book therefore you can start right now and go as far ahead as you want and the sooner you get through them the easier class work will be.

*In reference to purchasing the book: This message on this typically goes out a month before the start of the semester so it may be a bit late to take advantage of this suggestion by the time you see it. If you find another book by the same author, it might be useful for the course but you should clear it with me before purchasing it. It is your responsibility to have a book before the class starts as late homework is not acceptable.