Computer Science Course Descriptions

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Computer Science - 100 level courses


CPSC 102 Spreadsheets (1) This course introduces the student to an integrated spreadsheet application. Topics covered include: cell formulas and built-in functions, formatting, charting, "what-if" analysis, macros and integration of spreadsheet data into a word processor. Graded: S/U
CPSC 103 Introduction to Computers (2) This course includes a brief history of computing, uses of computers in society and ethical issues in computing. Students learn to use a database application as they create and manipulate tables, forms, queries, reports, macros and other database objects.

Computer Science - 200 level courses


CPSC 207 Computer Programming (3) This course explores program development and design with objects; the designs are implemented in a commonly used, current programming language. The emphasis is on designing, writing,  and correcting programs. Topics include the internal organization of the computer, procedures and functions, elementary data structures, and techniques of problem solving. No previous experience with computers is required. The course is focused around a weekly two-hour laboratory and provides in-depth programming experience.

Computer Science - 300 level courses


CPSC 307 C and Assembly Language Programming (3) This course is designed to deepen a student’s understanding of how a computer works by studying the C programming language and how it interfaces with assembly language. A weekly laboratory provides experience in controlling the behavior of the computer in ways not possible in higher level languages. Topics include computer organization, assemblers, loaders, link editors and memory management. Prerequisite: CPSC 207 or its equivalent.
CPSC 308 Electronic Communications (3) This introduction to data communications examines the fundamentals of network architecture including layers, protocols, client/server model, file transfers, and other low-level communications issues. Students will experience hands-on internet related programming including web page development using HTML, CSS, interactive pages with JavaScript, CGI programming, and distributed execution using Java. Prerequisite: CPSC 207 or permission of instructor.
CPSC 315 Simulation: Theory and Application (3) Theory of computer simulation, including applications of discrete models of industrial and management systems. Topics include probability distributions, random number generation, queuing, and design of simulation experiments.  Includes significant use of simulation software. Prerequisites: CPSC 207 and either MATH 114 or 345.
CPSC 328 Data Structures (3) This course introduces the concepts and techniques of structuring data for complex problems, and provides experience in accessing and processing this data. An object-oriented paradigm is used throughout the course. The course is designed especially for students who will choose a career in information technology. Prerequisite: CPSC 207.

Computer Science - 400 level courses


CPSC 417 Systems Analysis and Design (4) This course includes a study of systems, particularly those which lend themselves to computer representation, a study of systems analysis and design and the completion of a major systems project done in a team environment. The project will involve the analysis of an actual system problem, the writing of a system proposal to solve the problem, the presentation of the proposal to the users of the system and the design and construction of a prototype to implement the proposal. Prerequisite: CPSC 207 or permission of instructor.
CPSC 429 Data Base Systems (3) This course is the study of the concept of a databse, basic data concepts and data organization, the relational data model, object-oriented databses and database design and implementation. Students will complete a semester-long project done in a team environment. Prerequisite: CPSC 207 or permission of instructor.
CPSC 497 Independent Study (1-3) Provides properly qualified students with an opportunity for independent study and careful consideration from an advanced standpoint of selected topics in computer science. Departmental approval required. May be repeated.
CPSC 499 Internship in Computer Science (1-3) Professional work experience in computer science with a business organization.