About the minicourses

There are a variety of half-credit minicourses offered every semester.

All minicourses share the same lecture time slot. The common lecture is broad and cross-cutting. For Spring 2022, the common lecture will be on Monday evenings from 8.30-9.30pm, in Wu and Chen.

The common lecture videos from Spring 2021 are also hosted on Google Drive for your reference.

  • Basics of the Linux/Unix command line
  • Version Control with git
  • Internet Basics

Recitations - Spring 2022

The material specific to each minicourse in covered in the recitation. The current list (along with meeting times and locations) is below:

Course Number Recitation Instructor Meeting Times Location
CIS 188 - DevOps Peyton Walters & Armaan Tobaccowalla Tuesday 5.15-6.45pm Towne 313
CIS 189 - Solving Hard Problems in Practice Jediah Katz & Charles Cunningham Wednesday 5.15-6.45pm Towne 313
CIS 195-201 - iPhone App Development Misty Liao Monday 5.15-6.45pm Towne 303
CIS 196 - Ruby on Rails Web Development Michael Colombo & Ricardo Gonzalez Monday 5.15-6.45pm Towne 319
CIS 197 - Javascript Peter Chen Thursday 5.15-6.45pm Towne 315

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I take more than one minicourse in the same semester?
    The common lecture time will trigger a time conflict if you want to take multiple minicourses. Please reach out to ciswait@seas.upenn.edu and we can help get you registered.

  • Can I take more than a minicourse that has a time conflict with another course?
    For this semester, if a minicourse is triggering a time conflict with another course, that time conflict cannot be overriden. The one exception is with Senior Design; you can fill out the time conflict form, get the Senior Design instructor and one of the minicourse instructors (Swapneel or Joe) to sign it, and then submit the form to RAS.

  • The minicourse I'm interested in is full - is there a waitlist?
    Most minicourses use the CIS waitlist system. This may, however, vary across the various minicourses. Please go to the first recitation and contact the recitation instructor for details.

  • Will there be recitations during the first week of classes?
    Yes - depending on the lecture/recitation scheduling, some recitation sections may start before the first lecture.

  • When will courses for next semester be listed?
    Courses for Fall are typically listed over the summer and courses for Spring are listed in early December.

Minicourse coordinators

Please contact Swapneel Sheth or Joe Devietti if you have any additional questions.