Course Objectives

Welcome to CS1100 (Computer Science and its Applications) at Northeastern University, an introductory course in concepts in computer science and their applications using Microsoft Excel and Access.

The course focuses on data: how data are organized, how useful information may be extracted from data, and how information may be summarized. The course also introduces methodical and analytical problem solving techniques including divide-and-conquer and hierarchical decomposition.

You will learn how to do simple but very effective computations using Microsoft Excel and Access. While a single course cannot cover all aspects of these software tools, you will nevertheless learn important highlights.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will know how to:

  • conceptualize and solve problems involving the analysis of data
  • calculate elementary statistics and present data analyses in Excel
  • build charts and graphs in Excel
  • design relational databases and formulate queries in Access
  • construct reports in Access


Submit assignments and tests on Canvas. We are participating in a University test of Canvas as a replacement for Blackboard. Everything you normally do on Blackboard will be done on Canvas. We welcome any reactions (good or otherwise) and we will share them with ATS. Please contact the course coordinator if you have any problems throughout the semester using Canvas.

Clinic Hours

Section Schedule

CS 1100 Discussion Board

Instead of using Piazza as we've done before, as part of the Canvas trial, we'll be using The Discussion Board in Canvas. The Canvas discussion board is a place where students can ask questions and get answers from instructors, TAs, and fellow students. Instructors will also post general announcements, so check back frequently!

Syllabus Quiz

All students must take and pass the syllabus quiz with a score of at least 90% in order to pass the course. The syllabus quiz does not count towards a student's grade. You may take this quiz as many times as needed to get at least 90%. You take the quiz through Canvas.

Important Announcements

Refer to Canvas


Prof. Ghita Amor-Tijani
Office: 132E Nightingale
Office Hours:
Wednesdays 2:45-3:45 in Intern'l Village 018 ; Thursdays 1:30-2:30 in Ryder 220

Prof. Kathleen Durant
Office: 132B Nightingale
Office Hours:
Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 to 11:00am Snell Library 045

Tuesday, 3:30 to 4:30pm, Hurting Hall 130

Prof. Karl Lieberherr
Office: 308A West Village H
Office Hours:
Monday 9-10 am; Tue 10:40 am-11:40am

My office is WVH 308A inside WVH 308. If WVH 308 is locked please call me at 617 373 2077 and I will let you in.

Prof. Michael Weintraub
Office: 132G Nightingale Hall
Office Hours:
Tuesday 4-6pm; Thursday 3-6pm

Prof. Vidoje Mihajlovikj
Office: 132E Nightingale
Office Hours:
Monday 1pm-2pm

Tuesday 3:15-4:15pm.

Thursday 12:30 - 1:30pm


Course Co-ordinator

Meredith Bittrich
Office: 132E Nightingale Hall