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-493   Systems Programming
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
CSC-292
CO-REQUISITES:
See Instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Fundamentals of system and network programming methodology, techniques, system calls and library calls.

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
  • Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment

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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:

The topics covered in this course: input/output, threads, and inter-process communications using sockets are key for computer scientists. An understanding of how to interact with the OS at this level will improve the students’ skills and understanding in many other CS areas. The study of UNIX and UNIX-type operating systems was chosen because most of the key developments in the areas being covered have happened in UNIX, and UNIX is arguably the most significant OS for computer science.

COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    Main Objective:
  • Be able to use the UNIX OS as a development platform – editors, compilers, man pages, libraries, etc.
  • Understand the following UNIX concepts and write complex C programs that exercise them:
    1. File and device I/O
    2. Processes and threads
    3. Inter-process communication
  • Understand the general concepts of event-driven user interface programming and be able to write C/C++ programs with simple X/Motif interfaces or with Java Swing interfaces connected to the C code with JNI.
  • Understand the application of standard software engineering tools such as make and sccs.

COURSE OUTLINE

Weeks 1 - 5 Chap 1-6: Introduction, file I/O; UI
Weeks 6 - 7 Chap 7-9: Processes
TEST 1- date TBA.
Weeks 8 - 10 Chap 10-13: Signals, threads, deamons
Weeks 11 - 14 Chap 14-16: IPC, client/server communication using sockets
TEST 2 - date TBA
Weeks 15 - 16 Advanced Topics TBD (multimedia, device drivers)
  Final Exam Week

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

See Instructor

GRADING STANDARDS

The final grade will be computed as follows:
Programming Assignment................................... 10%
Test 1:....................................................................... 10%
Test 2:....................................................................... 10%
Course Project:...................................................... 20%
Cumulative final exam:.......................................... 20%

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

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS

IStudents are expected to adhere to the ACM Code of Ethics. In particular, no lying, cheating, or plagiarism will be tolerated.

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.