NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
700 PARK AVENUE * NORFOLK, VIRGINIA * 23504
Robinson Technology Center (RTC)
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Email: CompSci@nsu.edu

Computer Science Courses

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE SYLLABUS

COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:
CSC-292   UNIX AND C PROGRAMMING
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
CSC 260
CO-REQUISITES:
See Instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to C programming in a UNIX environment. Course content includes the UNIX command interpreter Shell; the use of Shell scripts to create powerful tools and applications; and the development of application and systems programs using C.

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
  • See Instructor

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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:

CSC-292A,B,C,D,E,G,H,I,K
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COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    Main Objective:
  • Be able to use the UNIX OS both as a user and as a C programmer
  • Code algorithms of moderate complexity in the C language
  • Understand the following UNIX concepts and write documented C programs that exercise them:
    • File and terminal I/O
    • Processes
  • Write simple shell programs in one of the common shells

COURSE OUTLINE

Weeks 1-5
Aug 21- Sep 15
Chap 1-6: Introduction to UNIX as a user and C programmer; C basics; terminal I/O in C
No class on Monday, Sep 4 ( Labor Day).
Weeks 6-7
Sep 18 – Sep 29
File I/O, handling command-line arguments in C
TEST 1- date TBA
Weeks 8-10
Oct 2 – Oct 20
Shell programming
Weeks 11-16
Oct 22 – Dec 1
Arrays, structures, advanced pointers in C; UNIX processes
TEST 2 - date TBA Nov 22- 24 Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 4 – Dec 8
Final Exam Week

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

The primary method of instruction will be lectures by the instructor with examples, demonstrations and hands-on laboratories. Students will also participate in class and group discussions.

GRADING STANDARDS

The final grade will be computed as follows:
Programming assignments:
35%
Homework:
10%
Quizzes:
10%
Test 1:
15%
Test 2:
15%
Cumulative final exam
15%

Grading Scale
94-100
A
90-93
A-
87-89
B+
83-86
B
80-82
B-
77-79
C+
70-76
C
60-69
D
< 60
F

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 ACM Code of Ethics. No lying, cheating, or plagiarism will be tolerated. Specifically, handing in work that is not your own or allowing another student to copy and hand in your work will result in automatic failure of the course with no exceptions.

    CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY
  • Attendance is key in every course, but it is especially important in this course. It is a practical class, and we will often do exercises on the computers during class time. Also, this course will have graded in-class assignments.

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.