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CSC 110 - Introduction to Computing
Introduces problem solving through computer applications and a programming language. Examines development of computers, social and ethical implications of computers, and properties of programming languages. Covers input, storage, data manipulation, software and hardware.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
CSC 130 - Scientific Programming
Introduces a science-oriented, high level programming language. Studies the language and its application in problem solving in a structured programming environment. Includes the concepts and practice of structured programming, problem-solving, top-down design of algorithms, basic C syntax, control structures, arrays, and data structures.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
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CSC 185 - Programming Tools
Teaches tools for computer programming, such as editors, compilers, and debuggers. Teaches operating systems skills needed by computer science majors. Co-requisite: CSC 201 and a satisfactory score on the proficiency examination for MTH 173, or equivalent, or division approval.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
CSC 193 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
CSC 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
CSC 200 - Introduction to Computer Science
Provides broad introduction to computer science. Discusses architecture and function of computer hardware, including networks and operating systems, data and instruction representation and data organization. Covers software, algorithms, programming languages and software engineering. Discusses artificial intelligence and theory of computation. Includes a hand-on component.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
CSC 201 - Computer Science I
Introduces algorithm and problem solving methods. Emphasizes structured programming concepts, elementary data structures and the study and use of a high level programming language.
Lecture 4 hours per week.
4 credits
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CSC 202 - Computer Science II
Examines data structures and algorithm analysis. Covers data structures (including sets, strings, stacks, queues, arrays, records, files, linked lists, and trees), abstract data types, algorithm analysis (including searching and sorting methods), and file structures.
Lecture 4 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
Prerequisite: CSC 201
4 credits
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CSC 205 - Computer Organization
Examines the hierarchical structure of computer architecture. Focuses on multi-level machine organization. Uses a simple assembler language to complete programming projects. Includes processors, instruction, execution, addressing techniques, data representation and digital logic.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
CSC 206 - Assembly Language
Examines assembly language programming. Includes the use of macros, linkers, loaders, assemblers and interfacing of assembly language with hardware components. Prerequisite CSC 205 or permission of instructor.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
CSC 208 - Introduction to Discrete Structures
Covers Boolean algebra, combinatorial and sequential circuits, algorithms and algorithm analysis, recursion, recurrence relations, graphs, and trees.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: CSC 201
3 credits
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CSC 297 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-6 credits
CSC 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
CSC 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits