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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Information Sciences And Technology (IST)

IST 240 Introduction to Computer Languages (3) Introduction to the specification and application of languages and language paradigms that interact with computers.

IST 240 Introduction to Computer Languages (3)

IST 240 is one of two courses added to the three core courses for the associate degree program to form the core courses for the baccalaureate degree program in Information Sciences and Technology. The primary goal of this course is to study the foundations underlying the design, specification and use of a wide variety of language paradigms used to interact with computers. The following details the content of the course: (1) nature of languages; (2) elements of languages; (3) classification of languages; (4) formal descriptions of languages; (5) data and types; (6) names and bindings; (7) control structures; (8) language processors; and (9) study experiences.

Student evaluation may be accomplished by means of assignments, examinations, and possibly a project. This course will most likely involve Web-based course material and will therefore require student access to computers and the Web. Although other existing courses are similar to IST 240 in content, none of those courses fit the objective of this course and of this program.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2002
Prerequisite: CMPSC 101
Concurrent: IST 230

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.