Adv. Programming Languages Concepts FALL 2016

Course Details

Course Number
CMPS 5113
Section Number
CMPS 5113
Fall 2016
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Dr. Eduardo Colmenares-Diaz (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Techniques for specifying the syntax and semantics of programming languages. Language concepts such as data structuring, information binding, control structures, execution environments and extensibility are examined by studying scientific, data processing, list processing, and multi-purpose languages. Programming assignments in the various languages. 

Course Expectations

Tentative Agenda


·         We will try to respect this agenda as much as possible, however it is possible that some topics will require more, or less time, which may lead to changes. Students will be informed about those changes in class.


·         The instructor reserves the right to modify (add, remove, update the current agenda)



Week                Topics                                                              Reading


29                     Overview, Intro, early history                              Ch 1


5 (7 only)          Labor day, Pseudocode language, Fortran          Supp.

12                     Lang Design Criteria                                          Ch 2

19                     Lang. Design Criteria, Syntax                              Ch 2, Ch 6

26                     Syntax, OOP Concepts, C#; C# Files                 Supp., Ch 5, Ch 6, Ch 7, Ch 8


3                      Syntax Notations, Data Types, Data Structures    Ch7, Ch8

10                     Review (10/10), Test day (10/12)

17                     C# Arrays, C# namespaces                               Ch 11.3 (general concepts), supp.

24                     Logic Programming, Prolog                               Ch 6, supp.

31                     Functional Programming                                                Ch 3


7                      Control Structures                                             Ch 10

14                     Review (11/14), Test day (11/16 )

21 (only)           Scoping, seq. Control, Thanksgiving                 Ch 9

28                     C# exceptions, Parallel                                       Ch 9, Ch 13, supp.                   

30                     Parallel                                                             


5                      Parallel, Review                                                  Ch 13, supp.


Important Dates:


Test 1: Review (10/10/2016), Test day (10/12/2016)

Test 2:  Review (11/14/2016), Test day (11/16/2018)

Final:                Review (12/7/2016), Test day (12/14/2016, 5:45-7:45 pm)

Final Schedule:


Grading Standards

Evaluation Process

Test 1:                    20%

Test 2:                    20%

Final:                       20%

Total                      60%


Assignments (5): Total: 25%


Participation:                                             Total: 15%

-          In Class Activities:        

-          Quizzes:                         


Grading Policy

90-100%               A

80-89.99%            B

70-79.99%            C

60-69.99%            D

0-59.99%              F


Please note the following:

The instructor reserves the right to adjust the grade distributions for the whole class, i.e. grade distributions will not be adjusted on an individual basis.

Final Exam

12/12/2016 5:45 - 7:45 (pm)

Submission Format Policy

As specified by the instructor. See HMK, project descriptions

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance (0%) Not a component of our grade. However, remember that quizzes, as well as ICA’s (In Class Activities can take place at any time). It is in your best interest to attend all lectures.

Other Policies

Participation includes the following:

·         Assignments given in class (a.k.a in-class activities “ICA”). These will be Unannounced in nature.

·         Quizzes: a Mixed. Pop-up and Non-Pop-up quizzes. Quizzes will be used to assess students understanding of the course material.  Quizzes will be administered either at the beginning or end of class to cover the reading assignment for the lesson, homework and/or previous lessons.

·         No make-up participation assignments are given.

·         Arriving late, leaving early to class voids the right to take a quiz or ICA if it already started or it is about to start.


Late Policy: Submitted work is due when specified as specified (format) by the instructor. It is in the student’s best interest to keep track of all deadlines. Assignments are released ahead of time, giving the students plenty of time for their successful completion, for such reason No late assignment will be accepted.


If you know you will be absent ahead of time, let the instructor know and turn your assignment in early if possible.


Departmental Cheating Policy (It will be strongly enforced) | Ethical Conduct


Policy on Academic Honesty

The Department of Computer Science had adopted the following policy related to cheating (academic misconduct).  The policy will be applied to all instances of cheating on assignments and exams as determined by the instructor of the course.  (See below for link to MSU definitions.)


·         1st instance of cheating in a course: The student will be assigned a non-replaceable grade of zero for the assignment, project or exam.  In addition, the student will receive a one letter grade reduction in course.

·         2nd instance of cheating in a course: The student will receive a grade of F in course & immediately be removed from course.

·         All instances of cheating will be reported to the Department Chair and, in the case of graduate students, to the Department Graduate Coordinator.


Policy on Testing Process

The Department of Computer Science has adopted the following policy related to testing.


·         All bags, purses, electronics (turned off), books, etc. will be placed in the front of the room during exams, or in an area designated by the instructor.

·         Unless otherwise announced by the instructor, nothing is allowed on the desk but pen/pencil/eraser and test papers.

·         No student is allowed to leave the room during an exam and return.  


See Also:

MSU Student Handbook: Appendix E: Academic Misconduct Policy & Procedures


Classroom Civility:

All violations of classroom civility will be reported to the Dean of Students.

Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning." In order to ensure that all students gain from time spent in class, students are prohibited from engaging in any form of distraction, e.g. leaving the room for extended periods of time, reading newspapers (or other articles), working on other courses, and using cell-phones or laptops for calls or messages. If you indulge in any such inappropriate behavior (without explicit consent of the instructor), you will (at the very least) be asked to leave the classroom.


Student with Disabilities:

Any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students should present appropriate verification from disability support office during the instructor’s office hours. Please note instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Disability Support Office has been provided. For additional information you may contact the Disability Support Office in Clark Student Center 168 - Phone: (940) 397-4140


Dean of Students:

The Dean of Students can assist in notifying the campus community of student illnesses, immediate family deaths and/or student death. Generally, in cases of student illness or immediate family deaths, the notification to the appropriate campus community members occur when a student is absent from class for four consecutive days with appropriate verification. It is the student's responsibility for missed class assignments and/or course work during their absence.



Tests are comprehensive in nature. No make-up exams will be given.  If you miss an exam, you will receive a zero unless you notify the instructor in advance or demonstrate that an emergency existed that you could not circumvent (Surgery, Medical Emergency, Death in the family, and Presentation at a Conference, some others).  Students who miss an exam due to University business should notify the instructor in advance, and present the sponsoring university member’s written justification. If you do miss an exam due to University business, your final exam grade will be substituted for your excused test grade. However, this substitution can only be performed once during the semester. Exams are uniquely composed for each term.


Excusing Late Work

Any document used to excuse the late delivery of an assignment MUST be presented no longer than one week from the corresponding missed deadline. Valid excuses (Surgery, Medical Emergency, Death in the family, and Presentation at a Conference).   Failure to fulfill this requirement will make null the excuse, leading to a permanent grade of zero in the corresponding assignment.


Final Exam: There is no make-up final exam. The final exam will take place in our regular classroom. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of the designated date, time. A complete list of all MSU exams (by time) can be found at:


Additional Grade Policy: Once the grades, have been either returned to the students, or published via D2L, the student will have one week to examine them, and check for inconsistencies, errors, etc. After the 1-week window of opportunity all grades will become PERMANENT and WILL NOT change. It is not only the student’s responsibility to check the accuracy of his/her grades, but also in his/her best interest to do it.

This rule DOES NOT apply to the final exam because the final exam triple checked by the instructor before publishing the grade.


Attendance (0%) Not a component of our grade. However, remember that quizzes, as well as ICA’s (In Class Activities can take place at any time). It is in your best interest to attend all lectures.


University’s Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at