Adv. Programming Languages Concepts FALL 2016

Course Details

Course Number
CMPS 5113
Section Number
CMPS 5113
Fall 2016
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MW 5:30 pm - 6:50 pm

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

Week                      Topics                                                                                   Reading


24                           Overview, Intro, early history                                         Ch1

31                           Pseudocode language, Fortran                                         Supp


7 (9 only)              Labor day, Lang Design Criteria                                     Ch2

14                           Lang. Design Criteria, Syntax                                            Ch2, Ch6

21                           Syntax, OOP Concepts, C#; C# Files                                Supp, Ch5, Ch6, Ch7, Ch8

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


05                           Review (10/05/2015), Test day (10/07/2015)

12                           C# Arrays, C# namespaces                                               Ch11.3 (general concepts), sup

19                           Logic Programming, Prolog                                              Ch6, sup

26                           Functional Programming                                                  Ch3


02                           Control Structures                                                               Ch10

09                           Scoping, seq. Control                                                          Ch9

16                           Review (11/16/2015), Test day (11/18/2015)

23 (only)               C# exceptions, Parallel, Thanksgiving                         Ch9, Ch13, supp.                 

30                           Parallel                                                                                  Ch13, supp.


02                           Parallel

04                           Review

Grading Standards

Evaluation Process

Test 1:                    20%

Test 2:                    20%

Final:                       20%

Total                      60%


Assignments (5): Total: 30%


Participation:                                             Total: 10%

-          In Class Activities:        



                                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 pm - 7:45 pm

Submission Format Policy

As specified by the Instructor in class

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.

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Students with Disabilities

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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

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Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend class.

Other Policies

Participation includes the following:

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

·         Quizzes: No pop-up quizzes. All will be announced in class and will be used to assess students understanding of the course material.  Quizzes will be administered at the beginning of class to cover the reading assignment for the lesson, homework and/or previous lessons.

·         No make-up participation assignments are given.


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. 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.




Ethical Conduct:

It is your responsibility to educate yourself about actions that constitute academic dishonesty. If you are not sure whether a specific action is allowed, talk to the instructor before you indulge in it. All submitted code and assignments will be randomly checked for plagiarism. Academic dishonesty of any kind, if discovered, will result in one or more of the following sanctions: a grade of 0 for the corresponding graded item, a grade of “F” in the course, and further action according to the MSU operating 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.



During Tests and Final: if you need to use the step out of the classroom (i.e. restroom) you will be asked to leave all electronic mobile devices in 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.


Excusing an Absence

Any document used to excuse and absence MUST be presented no longer than one week from the corresponding missed lecture. Failure to fulfill this requirement will make null the excuse and an absence will be assigned to each one of the missed lectures.


Tests: 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.  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.



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:



Student drops:  If you wish to drop this course you must first contact your instructor. All students-initiated drops must be processed by Monday-October 26, 2015.

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

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