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CSCI 201: Introduction to Computer Science I

Course Description:

CSCI 201 Introduction to Computer Science I Four Credit Hours

No previous computer programming experience is needed for this course. An introduction to computer science emphasizing problem solving and algorithm development. Topics include data types, assignment, control structures, classes, modularity, and encapsulation. The course will include numerous assignments requiring students to design, compile, run, test, and debug complete programs using the Java programming language.

Lecture: three hours; laboratory: two hours.

Major Topics:

  • Programming process
  • Primitive types and expression evaluation
  • Strings
  • Objects
  • Console I/O
  • Booleans and flow of control
    • Branching
    • Looping
  • Defining classes and methods
    • Constructors
    • Parameters
  • Arrays
  • Basic software engineering driven design, implementation, documentation and testing practices

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to

  • Create algorithmic solutions to simple problems
  • Apply the object-oriented principle of encapsulation and data hiding in the development of software
  • Identify and explain basic elements of program syntax, semantics and Java language constructs, such as classes, methods, objects, primitive types, arrays, loops and conditionals
  • Use a modern IDE to create, compile, debug, test and execute small Java programs.


Introduction to Java Programming, Comprehensive Version (10th Edition), Y. Daniel Liang, Pearson, 2013

Projected Schedule:

Every Fall, Spring

Recent Syllabi:

Fall 2015, Verdicchio

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