NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
700 PARK AVENUE * NORFOLK, VIRGINIA * 23504
Robinson Technology Center (RTC)
Office:: (757) 823-9454     Fax: (757) 823-9229
Email: CompSci@nsu.edu

Computer Science Courses

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE SYLLABUS

COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:
CSC-169   FOUNDATION OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
High School Algebra
CO-REQUISITES:
See Instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An introductory course emphasizing the fundamental concepts of computer science. Topics include information representation, algorithms and problem solving, computer hardware and software and data manipulation.

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
    Required Text:
  • Computer Science Illuminated, 3rd Edition, by Nell Dale and John Lewis. ISBN-10: 0-7637-4149-3
    References:
  • Simple Program Design, A Step-by-Step Approach 5th Edition.    By Lesley Anne Robertson
  • Programming Right From the Start with Visual Logic.    By Crews and Murphy Program Logic and Design; Comprehensive, 3rd Edition, by Joyce Farrell. Published by Cengage Learning

Purchase books/supplies Online at NSU Barnes & Nobles Bookstore (http://norfolkstate.bncollege.com)

COMPUTER SCIENCE OFFICE LOCATION:

The Department of Computer Science is located in Suite 320 Robinson Technology Center. The individual faculty offices are located within the suite.

COURSE RATIONALE:

This course is a required course for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science.

COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    Main Objective:
  • To give an introduction to a broad area of computer science fundamental concepts.

    Measureable Objectives:
  • Gain knowledge in the history of computing.
  • Understand and promote the ethical use of computers.
  • Be acquainted with various operating systems and application environments.
  • Describe the components of computer systems.
  • Understand techniques for algorithm development and implementation.

COURSE OUTLINE

  1. General Introduction
  2. History
  3. Representation of Information
  4. How Computers Work
  5. Operating Systems
  6. Use of Application Software
  7. Computer Networks and Data Communications
  8. Ethics of Computing
  9. Algorithms, Problem Solving, and Programming


Examinations:

  • Four announced examinations will be given. Make-up exams will be at the discretion of the instructor. If an exam is missed the Instructor may permit you to take the exam on receipt of satisfactory documentation. The exam must be completed within one week of the missed exam and can only be taken if the corrected exam has not been returned to the class.
  • If you are late or absent, it is your responsibility to get the course notes, handouts, and laboratory assignments. Lecture notes will be available on Blackboard



Due Dates:

  • All assignments are to be submitted through the proper channel by the respective due date/time as indicated. Assignments turned in late will not be graded.

PRIMARY METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION / METHODS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS

See Instructor

GRADING STANDARDS

Tests and Quizzes30%
Homework and Lab Assignments 40%
Final Exam 30%

Average Semester Score
Letter Grade
90-100
A
87-89
B+
80-86
B
77-79
C+
70-76
C
67-69
D+
60-66
D
0-59
F


    Incompletes
  • Students will NOT be given an incomplete grade in the course without sound reason and documented evidence as described in the Student Handbook. In any case, for a student to receive an incomplete, he or she must be passing the course and must have completed a significant portion of the course.


The instructor reserves the right to revise the grading criteria as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS

Students are expected to adhere to the university's standard of conduct and the ACM Code of Ethics (http://www.acm.org/constitution/code.html).   Honor code violations and ethical standards are enforced as in the Student Handbook

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    Electronic Devices in Class
  • The use of cellular phones, pagers, CD players, radios, and similar devices are prohibited in the classroom and laboratory facilities. Calculators and computers are prohibited during examinations and quizzes, unless specified. Reasonable laptop-size computers may be used in lecture for the purpose of taking notes.

SCHOOL-WIDE TUTORING SERVICES STATEMENT

The college of Science, Engineering, and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU student who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in Suite 100, RTC. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. You can access information about this service by going to http://stars.nsu.edu.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) STATEMENT

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, we ask if you have a disability or think you have a disability, please contact O.A.S.I.S., the Office of Accessibility Services, upon registration at Norfolk State University to confidentially discuss any accommodation needs.

    Audrey M. Wells, Coordinator, O.A.S.I.S.
    Office of Accessibility Services and International Student Services
    Norfolk State University, 700 Park Ave., Student Services Center, Suite 110, Norfolk, VA. 23504
    Phone: 757-823-8325, Fax: 757-823-2640, Email: amwells@nsu.edu

UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT STATEMENT

As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

WRITING COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT

All first-time freshmen and readmitted students entering Fall 2001 and thereafter and transfer students entering Fall 2002 and thereafter are required to take an exit examination to assess writing competency. After completing ENG 102, students must register for ENG 299 (no credit, no charge) until successfully passing the Examination of Writing Competency. Degree-seeking students at the baccalaureate level are required to take the writing examination before completing 90 semester hours. Associate degree-seeking students must take the exam no later than one semester prior to the anticipated date of graduation. For more information, refer tot he NSU Undergraduate catalog.

UNIVERSITY WIDE & COURSE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

    Information Technology Literacy
  • Learning foundation skills (hardware, software, and operating systems).

    Critical Thinking
  • Solving problems utilizing application software from a narrative description.
  • Knowing the appropriate software application to apply to a specific task.

    Laboratory
  • Demonstrating proficiency in utilizing software applications.
CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY

A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook (https://www.nsu.edu/Assets/websites/student-affairs/student-handbook/NSU-Student-Handbook.pdf)

NSU EMAIL ACCOUNT

In an effort to keep student informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU email account frequently. You may access your official NSU email account through the MyNSU portal at https://www.nsu.edu/mynsu/index. Once there, follow instructions provided to login to the MyNSU portal (NOTE: you access your NSU email from within the MyNSU portal).

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to revise the syllabus as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.