Welcome to the Fall 2019 iteration of CIS 160!

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We have a course Piazza page. If you are enrolled in the class, you should have already received an invitation to join.

We have a course Gradescope. It will be used for homeworks. If you are enrolled in the class, you should have been added automatically with the email associated with your Canvas account. You can also enroll yourself using the entry code MPKX46.

Most questions should be directed to Piazza. However, if you need to get in contact with the course staff for an urgent matter, please email us at cis160@seas.upenn.edu.


The course will cover at least some of the following topics (not necessarily in this order and not all-inclusive). See lectures for additional information.


Grading will be weighted with the following breakdown:

  • 25% - Homework
  • 5% - Recitation Attendance
  • 20% - Midterm 1
  • 20% - Midterm 2
  • 30% - Final

Your lowest T homework and H homework grade will be dropped when calculating final grades.

Collaboration Policy

For all of the assignments, there is a strict policy on collaboration. There is no collaboration on the homework assignments at all.

Any violation of this policy will be dealt with severely.


There is no required or recommended textbook for this course. A textbook that can be referred to for extra reading is ''Mathematics: A Discrete Introduction'' by E. A. Scheinerman.