CSCI 3333 - Programming Languages
(Spring 2020: CRN 20759)
Office: UC 324
MW 3:00 - 4:30 PM, TR 12:30 - 1:45 PM, or open door
Note: the syllabus and schedule are subject to change.
Course Description (3-0-3)
This course covers the concepts of syntax and semantics of grammars and
languages. It includes the study and comparison of the organization and
major constructs of various programming language paradigms, with in-depth
study of several specific languages. Language Implementation and
compiler/interpreter-related issues are addressed.
Students are expected to obtain a developing level of mastery in computer
science. Students will demonstrate an emerging level of knowledge of a
broad range of fundamental computer science concepts and topics. Students
should show potential to perform independently and should exhibit a high
level of reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Course
objectives are listed for each CS program outcome:
At the end of the course the student should be able to:
- Be able to translate machine codes.
- Be able to manipulate data in binary formats.
- Be able to devise algorithms for solving the given
and to analyze their effectiveness and efficiency.
- Be able to understand syntax and semantics of
- Be able to code in various programming languages.
- Be able to apply code optimization techniques.
- Be able to develop parallel programs.
The CS curriculum is built on six core program outcomes.
Successful completion of
this course will contribute to the following subset of these outcomes.
Graduates will demonstrate a Mastery Level
for the following outcomes:
BSCS Outcome 1: Solve complex and significant problems with
professional skill by formulating efficient and effective algorithmic
BSCS Outcome 2: Express algorithms clearly and concisely in a
variety of programming languages.
|Day of week||Times||CRN||Location|
|TR|| 3:35-4:50 PM || 20759||UC 313|
Concepts of Programming Languages, 11th Ed.
Robert Sebesta, Pearson 2016
You will have numerous opportunities to practice and demonstrate mastery
of the materials covered in this course. It is up to you to keep
current on all readings and assignments (including in-class
announcements). *If you fall behind, you will most assuredly fail this
Grading will be based upon the following scale:
|A|| >= 90%|
|B|| 80% - 89%|
|C|| 70% - 79%|
|D|| 60% - 69%|
|F|| < 60%|
Assignment weights are as follows:
|Assignment||Portion of Grade
|Three Monthly Tests|| 39% (13% for each of 3 tests given approximately once a month)|
|Review Quizzes||15% |
|Project Portfolio (detailed below)|| 16% |
The final for this class is comprehensive. In addition the grade on the
final can be used to redeem one *(and only one)* monthly test grade. So
if your grade on the final is higher than your lowest monthly test
grade, then that monthly test grade will be replaced with the grade from
the final. This policy is designed to give a student the chance to
improve one poor monthly test showing.
Partial credit may be given.
Please read carefully!
A comprehensive student generated project portfolio must be submitted by
each student on the specified date near the end of the semester. The
portfolio consists of a number of required project elements coupled with
additional project elements selected by the student. The portfolio
will serve as the single grading instrument for the project portion of the
course. The portfolio will be graded on the following elements:
Each element of the project portfolio will have a milestone/feedback
deadline during the semester. Project elements that are substantively
complete and correct (i.e. not perfect but mostly done) and turned in
by the milestone/feedback deadline will receive feedback that the student
may use to improve their project for the portfolio. However, any project
element that is not submitted for feedback by the given deadline, or is not
substantively complete/correct at that deadline will not receive credit for
meeting the milestone/feedback deadline nor feedback incorporation element
for that project element.
- Project Completeness
- Project Correctness
- Meeting milestone/feedback deadlines (feedback information below)
- Incorporating project element feedback
- Documentation of project design and development
Active Feedback System
Soliciting and incorporating feedback is an essential element for success
in the learning and development of technological systems. In order to
encourage active student participation in the feedback process, this course
implements an active feedback points system. The system is governed by the
- Each student begins the semester with a one feedback points balance.
- For each course element that requires feedback, the student is
responsible for actively soliciting feedback for that element.
- Students may only solicit feedback for course elements that are turned
in a timely fashion before the given due date.
- Students who solicit feedback before the deadline gain one point on
their feedback balance. Students who do not solicit feedback, or turn in
their assignment late, lose one point from their feedback balance.
- Students who have a positive feedback balance gain two
rewards. The first is that students with a positive feedback balance may
request and receive feedback via E-mail. The second is that students with a
positive reward balance at exam time earn two extra credit points on their
- Students who do not have a positive feedback balance must solicit
feedback in person during office hours. In addition students who do not
have a positive feedback balance at exam time are not eligible for extra credit points
on their exam.
Your active participation in class is expected. Class attendance is
expected because it's much easier to learn if you're coming to
class and asking questions in lecture about things that confuse you.
- The class attendance policy allows for two unexcused absences.
- All excused absences must be accompanied by documentation such as a
- For each unexcused absence after the first two, 1 point will be
deducted from the final course grade for each unexcused absence. The
maximum total deduction is 5 points.
- Any excused absence for a monthly test or final must be discussed with
the instructor at least 24 hours in advance. Test absences must be
documented beforehand. Test absences that do not follow the above procedure
will result in a grade of zero that that test or final.
Late Work Policy
Late work delays both the learning process and the feedback process.
Project elements needs to be turned in a timely fashion. D2L assignment
submissions for project elements will be closed 24 hours after the feedback
The instructor may waive late penalties if techical problems to homework
submission occurs. In the event of technical difficulties:
- Please inform the instructor via E-mail of the problem.
- Please DO NOT SUBMIT HOMEWORK VIA E-MAIL UNDER ANY
CIRCUMSTANCE! Homework submitted via e-mail will not be accepted. All
homework must be submitted via Desire2Learn.
Words of Wisdom (TAKE THIS PART SERIOUSLY!)
- If class is to be canceled or delayed, you will be notified you via e-mail as
soon as possible. Any missed class topics will be covered
following class. In addition missed contact time will be made up using
alternatives such as online assignments or lecture videos.
- Skills Practice is essential for learning success. When learning new
skills that will be assessed on exams, be sure to practice examples in
order to gain the confidence to perform that skill on the exam. Not all
skills practice will be graded work. Nontheless, it is essential to
practice skills for both understanding and mastery.
- Start assignments early. This way, you can ask questions and clarify
things that are confusing. Be sure to take a look at the homework when you receive it and not an hour before it is to be turned in!
- If you cannot keep up with the pace of this class,
please talk with your professor as soon as possible. Please do not simply
drop the class without first discussing your situation.
Any student is found obtaining or granting inappropriate help in this
course on any in-class graded assignment (test, quiz, exam) will
subject to acadmic discipline. The offense will go on permanent record
with the university. If this is not the student's first academic
misconduct offense at CSU, he will be recommended for expulsion from
the university. This is in full accord with CSU's policy, and we
encourage you to read and review the university's policy in your student
So it is
do group work or work with a tutor or other
instructors on outside work in this course that is to be turned in for a grade.
However, remember that the objective is to gain understanding of the
problem solving process and apply that understanding.
Note that the majority of the course grade is done via
an in-class assessment, which each student must do on their own work
Academic discipline can range from a zero for the in-class assessment in question to
expulusion from the University depending on the circumstances.
All alleged instances of acadmic misconduct will be referred to the Office
of Student Affairs.
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Computer Skill Prerequisites
Students in this course must have the following prerequisite skills:
- Able to use Windows operating system
- Able to use Microsoft Word word processing system
- Able to send and receive email using Outlook. Your instructor will
respond only to emails that originate from your Clayton State student
email. Use only your Clayton State to communicate information to your
instructor. D2L E-mail may have a slower response time than CSU E-mail
- Able to attach and receive attached files via email
- Able to use a Web browser
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