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-170   COMPUTER PROGRAMMING I
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
MTH 105 or equivalent
CO-REQUISITES:
CSC 170L: Computer Programming I Lab
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A first course in computer programming that introduces the basic C++ programming constructs and object-oriented programming techniques. The focus of this course is learning C++ programming language syntax, semantics and developing students’ abilities to apply the knowledge in transforming algorithms into C++ code. Additional topics include program designing skill enhancing, program debugging, and good programming styles promotion.

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:

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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. Activities and assignments in this course support our program objectives currently listed on our departmental website (www.cs.nsu.edu/programs/ugradBS_CSC.html). Specifically, this course enables the objectives listed below:

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COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    Main Objective:
    To develop students’ abilities to use the C++ programming language syntax and semantics in transforming algorithms into code. The students will be able to:
  • Understand basic concepts of object-oriented design (OOD) and programming (OOP)
  • Use one or more programming environments
  • Understand and apply basic C++ programming data types, expressions, and control structures such as sequence, selection and iteration
  • Understand and apply simple data structures such as arrays in software development
  • Apply problem-solving and C++ language skills to develop working C++ programs
  • Use pair programming and collaborative learning skills to develop working C++ programs

  • To enhance students’ skills in program design, program debugging, and promotion of good programming style. The students will be able to:
  • Develop solutions to solve relatively complex problems of various disciplines
  • Identify and correct syntax and logic errors in a C++ program
  • Use good programming habits to write code that is easy to maintain

COURSE OUTLINE

  1. An Overview of Computers and Programming Languages
  2. Introduction to the Dev Integrated Development Environment
  3. Introduction to the C++ programming language
  4. Data types and Expressions
  5. Functions
  6. Introduction to program Input/ Output (I/O) and text files
  7. Selection and Repetition Control Structures
  8. Arrays
  9. Searching and Sorting Arrays

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

See Instructor

GRADING STANDARDS

Five (5) programming assignments 30%
One (1) written project assignment 5%
Daily Quizzes 15%
Three (3) exams 30%
One (1) final exam 15%
Discretionary 5%

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 encouraged to actively participate in class.
  • Students are expected to abide by the ACM Code of Ethics.
  • Students should place all cell phones or devices in silent mode upon entering class.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Comprehensive Examination:
Some of the material in this course will be included in the comprehensive examination that all Computer Science majors are required to take prior to graduation.

BlackBoard Access:
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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.