Programming & Problem Solving
Course Number: CS 161
Transcript Title: Programming & Problem Solving
Created: May 7, 2014
Updated: July 10, 2015
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Introduces programming, with emphasis on one language but using concepts that are fundamental for many languages, including values, variables, conditionals, loops, and functions. Explores how a computer executes programs, the difference between a program and a computation, and how to write and analyze a program to justify confidence in its result. Prerequisite/concurrent: CS 160. Audit available.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify career paths in computing and how they are traversed.
- Design algorithms and implement programs to solve simple problems.
- Program using variables, conditionals, loops, functions, arrays, structures, tuples, lists and dictionaries.
- Recognize the use and purpose of functions.
- Debug, test and desk check programs.
- Internally document a program using a consistent and acceptable programming style,comments, and similar techniques.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Homework, observation, class discussion, examination.
Course Activities and Design
Lecture, supervised laboratory instruction, in-class and out-of-class assignments, discussion and examination.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Basic language concepts
- Function prototypes, header files
- Math library functions, random numbers
- Reference parameters
- Function overloading
- Theory of Computation
- Programming Languages
- Procedural, non-procedural
- Program translation
- Algorithm expression
- Careers in Computer Science