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-361   Survey of Programming Languages
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
CSC 260 Computer Programming II
CO-REQUISITES:
See Instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A one-semester course designed to survey, analyze and evaluate programming languages such as FORTRAN, PL/1, ALGOL, Pascal, APL, SNOBOL, Ada, Prolog, C, and LISP. Topics include: data structures and storage, control structures, execution environment, input/output, and the syntax and semantics of the languages

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
    Required Text:
  • Concepts of Programming Languages by Robert W. Sebesta (Tenth Edition) ISBN: 978-0-13-139531-9.

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:

A part of the core of all Computer Science curricula designed to provide an introduction to the computer science theory. An introduction to computer science theory and a critical review of programming paradigms, and the design of programming languages. An introduction to and practice in a functional language.

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/ugradprogram.html. Specifically, this course enables the objectives listed below:

CSC-361 A

COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    The major goals for a student taking this course are
  • To understand the factors in the major developments in programming languages.
  • To understand the purposes, goals, and strengths of various types of programming languages: functional, procedural, concurrent, logic, and object-oriented.

  • At the end of the course, the student will be able to
  • Explain the general evolution of programming languages.
  • Describe program language syntax formally.
  • Understand the fundamentals of lexical and syntax analysis.
  • Describe, compare, and contrast the various types of programming languages.
  • >Describe the fundamentals of languages: types, expressions, control statements, subprograms, abstract data types.
  • Describe the necessary qualities of programming languages that support exception handling, functional programming, object-oriented programming, logic programming, and concurrency.
  • Display an elementary ability to program in a functional programming language.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • History of Programming Languages
  • Syntax and Semantics
  • Types, Names, Scope, Bindings, Expressions, Control Structures, Subprograms
  • Abstract Data Types and Information Hiding and Encapsulation, Object-Oriented Programming
  • Concurrent Programming, Exception Handling, Functional Programming, Logic Programming
  • Scheme / Racket Programming
  • PRIMARY METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION / METHODS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS

    Lecture, student discussion, demonstrations.

    GRADING STANDARDS

    Evaluation / Assessment Methods
    2 Tests 30%
    Labs, Quizzes, Homework, Assignments 45%
    Final Examination 20%
    Attendance 5%

    Grading Standards / Evaluation Criteria
    90-100
    A
    87-89
    B+
    80-86
    B
    77-79
    C+
    70-76
    C
    60-69
    D
    Below 60
    F

    ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS

    The Department of Computer Science employs a no tolerance policy on cheating. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying others work, misrepresenting the work of others as your own (includes the use of code provided by online sites), plagiarism, sharing when unauthorized, and the use of cell phones and/or electronic media when unauthorized. The following outlines the departmental procedure if a student is suspected of cheating during their academic tenure with the Computer Science Department at Norfolk State University.

      Offense 1 –
    • The student will receive a grade of ZERO on the assignment AND a note will be placed in the student’s permanent departmental file. Non- CS Majors will receive a ZERO and be reported to the chair of their respective department.
    • Offense 2 –
    • The student will receive a letter grade of ‘F’ for the course AND the student will be reported to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for adjudication.

    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.