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COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS)

Course Descriptions


CS 402/502  Cr.3

Web Application Development

This course will give a detailed description of the core concepts and general principles of Web application development. The course will cover various protocols, programming languages, scripting languages, data storage and security, layered software architectures, and graphical interface design as they relate to Web development. Students will apply these techniques to the development of medium scale Web application. Prerequisites: CS 340 or consent of instructor. Slash course CS 402/502.   Offered Fall - Odd Numbered Years.


CS 410/510  Cr.3

Free and Open Source Software Development

This course examines all aspects of the Free and Open Source Software movement. The course surveys the various definitions of open source licenses and examples of major free and open source development projects (e.g. the GNU Project, Apache Foundation, Linux). The course also examines the development tools that support developer communities as well as how Web-based applications have created the possibility of international development teams. Students will select and contribute to the software development of an existing open source project. Prerequisite: CS 340. Slash course CS 410/510.   Offered Spring - Odd Numbered Years.


CS 419/519  Cr.1 - 3

Topics in Computer Science

A special topics course in computer science which will function as a forum for new ideas and testing ground for new courses. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Slash course CS 419/519.   Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


CS 421/521  Cr.3

Programming Language Concepts

A comparative study of the concepts underlying the design of contemporary high-level programming languages, including imperative, functional, logic and object-oriented paradigms; formal representation of syntax and semantics; control structures; data and procedural abstraction; scope and extent; parallelism and exception handling. This course cannot be taken both at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level. Prerequisite: CS 340 and MTH 225.   Offered Fall, Spring.


CS 431/531  Cr.3

Introduction to Robotics

This course is a hands-on introduction to the algorithms and techniques required to write robot control software. Topics include the components of mobile robots and robot manipulators, manipulator kinematics, robot task planning, sensing, sensor fusion, visual servoing and robot control concepts. Slash course CS 431/531.   Offered Spring - Odd Numbered Years.


CS 441/541  Cr.3

Operating System Concepts

The study of the structures and algorithms of operating systems. Operating systems are viewed as managers and controllers of resources such as processors, memory, input and output devices and data. Topics include multiprogramming systems, CPU scheduling, memory management and device management. Prerequisite: CS 340 and 370. Slash course CS 441/541.   Offered Fall, Spring.


CS 442/542  Cr.3

Structures of Compilers

An extensive study of all phases of the compilation of high level programming languages. Topics include: scanning, parsing (LL and LR), semantics analysis, symbol table organization and manipulation, internal code generation, storage allocation, optimization and object code generation. Students are required to complete a compiler for a small high-level language. Prerequisite: CS 270 and 340. Slash course CS 442/542.   Offered Spring.


CS 443/543  Cr.3

Topics in Operating Systems

An intermediate course in operating systems extending topics introduced in CS 441. Operating systems concepts are studied in-depth. Typically students will study and modify an existing system. Prerequisite: CS 441. Slash course CS 443/543.   Offered Fall - Even Numbered Years.


CS 446/546  Cr.3

Object-Oriented Software Development

Introduction to the concepts and principles of object-orientation (OO). Topics include detailed discussion on analysis and design of OO software systems, notations for OO analysis and design, and comparison of OO programming languages. Advanced topics on object-orientation such as OO testing and Software reuse will be briefly discussed. Prerequisite: CS 340. This course cannot be taken for credit both at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level. Slash course CS 446/546.   Offered Spring.


CS 449/549  Cr.3

Advances in Software Engineering

Introduces advanced topics in Software Engineering. Topics include prototyping models, risk analysis, component-oriented software development, software architectures, software reuse, software metrics and quality analysis. Prerequisite: CS 741. Slash course CS 449/549.   Offered Fall - Even Numbered Years.


CS 451/551  Cr.3

User Interface Design

This course focuses on the design and implementation of user interfaces. The topics include characteristics of user interfaces, user profiles, user interface design principles, methods and tools for user interface development, evolution of user interfaces, evaluation of user interfaces, and case studies. Prerequisite: CS 340. Slash course CS 451/551.   Offered Fall - Odd Numbered Years.


CS 452/552  Cr.3

Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition

An introduction to the fundamental principles of artificial intelligence. Topics include the biological basis for intelligence, classification of object descriptions and pattern recognition, search strategies and game trees, natural language processing, automatic theorem proving, programming for artificial intelligence and knowledge-based systems. Projects include writing a substantial artificial intelligence application program. Prerequisite: CS 340. Slash course CS 452/552.   Offered Fall - Odd Numbered Years.


CS 453/553  Cr.3

Introduction to Theory of Computation

An introduction to the theoretical aspects of computation. The capabilities and limits of several computation models are considered including: partial recursive functions, Turing machines, finite state automata and formal languages. The implications of Church's thesis and unsolvable problems such as the halting problem are discussed. Prerequisite: CS 340. Slash course CS 453/553.   Offered Spring - Even Numbered Years.


CS 454/554  Cr.3

Digital Image Processing

This course introduces the fundamentals of digital image processing techniques with an emphasis on the design and implementation of image processing algorithms. Topics include: color models, point-processing techniques, convolution, fourier domain processing, the discrete cosine transform, image compression methodologies, image restoration and enhancement, sampling and image display. Prerequisite: CS 340. This course cannot be taken both at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level. Slash course CS 454/554.   Offered Fall - Even Numbered Years.


CS 455/555  Cr.3

Fundamentals of Information Security

This course presents the fundamental concepts of information security. Basic policies, techniques and tools for maintaining the security of host computer, information networks and computer software are presented. Elementary cryptography is explored with special attention to applications in data encryption, hashing and digital signatures. Fundamental security management procedures are also introduced, as are the legal and ethical issues associated with computer security. Students will be expected to apply the knowledge gained to construct security policies and practice security in the form of access privileges, firewalls, vulnerability scanners and intrusion detection tools. Prerequisite: CS 220. This course cannot be taken both at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level. Slash course CS 455/555.   Offered Fall - Odd Numbered Years.


CS 456/556  Cr.3

Secure Software Development

Traditionally, software engineering has viewed flaws as the inconsistency of software behavior with its functional requirements. Software security problems, however, can occur in software that contains no such flaws but is nonetheless susceptible to external attack. This course examines known reasons for software security vulnerabilities with an emphasis on best practices for their detection and mitigation, along with general principles for engineering software in ways that enhance security.  Prerequisite: CS 340. Slash course CS 456/556.   Offered Spring - Even Numbered Years.


CS 464/564  Cr.3

Advanced Database Management Systems

Advanced topics in database management systems. Topics include the relational data model, relational calculus, embedded SQL programming, database application programming, indexing, system software and storage structures for databases, concurrency control, crash recovery, database administration, parallel and distributed databases, object-oriented databases. Prerequisite: CS 364. This course cannot be taken for credit both at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level. Slash course CS 464/564.   Offered Spring - Odd Numbered Years.


CS 470/570  Cr.3

Parallel and Distributed Computing

A study of architectures, control software, and applications for parallel and distributed systems. A survey of parallel and distributed architectures including data flow machines, vector processors, shared memory multiprocessors, and message based multiprocessors. Software topics include process communication and synchronization, global state maintenance, negotiation, scheduling, data parallelism, control parallelism, and languages for parallel and distributed computing. Prerequisite: CS 370. Slash course CS 470/570.   Offered Occasionally.


CS 471/571  Cr.3

Data Communications

An introduction to data communications, including the electrical properties and software protocols. In addition to presentations of the concepts and techniques used for data communications, several currently used standards and communications networks will be examined. Prerequisite: CS 270 and 340. Slash course CS 471/571.   Offered Spring - Even Numbered Years.


CS  741  Cr.3

Software Engineering Principles

An advanced course in Software Engineering that provides a broader outlook of software development activities, introduces software qualities, introduces various life cycle models and software development processes that achieve the qualities, introduces principles of testing and maintenance activities, and guides the selection of appropriate life cycle model and software development processes for any given application. Prerequisite: CS 341.   Offered Fall.


CS  742  Cr.3

Formal Methods in Software Development

Introduces various formal notations that are used in software development, the mathematical preliminaries that are required to understand and to use the formal notations, provides hands-on experience with one or two formal notations along with some case studies. Prerequisite: CS 340.   Offered Spring.


CS  743  Cr.3

Software Verification and Validation

This course explains the need for verification and validation, discusses the methods (formal, informal and diagrammatic) and techniques (prototyping and theoretical proof techniques) that implement verification and validation, and provides hands-on experience to apply these methods and techniques to some simple case studies. Automation of verification and validation methods will also be briefly discussed. Prerequisite: CS 741 (may be taken concurrently).  Offered Fall.


CS  744  Cr.3

Management Issues in Software Engineering

This course addresses management issues that are involved in software projects. Some of these issues are group working, allocation of teams and division of labor, feasibility analysis, marketing strategies and project deadlines. Other topics include in-house software development versus outsourcing, customer interaction, standards and organizational impacts on software development.   Offered Spring.


CS  750  Cr.1 - 3

Topics in Software Engineering

This is a topics course in Software Engineering. New topics will be introduced based on the evolution of Software Engineering research. Some such topics are real-time systems, embedded systems, software for safety-critical applications, software architectures, component-oriented programming, CORBA, COM/DCOM, and CASE (Computer-Aided Software Engineering). Topics may vary each semester. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Prerequisite: CS 741 and consent of instructor.  Offered Occasionally.


CS  751  Cr.1 - 3

Seminar in Software Engineering

This course is meant for those who want to specialize in one or more areas in Software Engineering such as software reuse, software architectures, software testing, software verification, etc. The workload for the course will include a number of presentations in the class and one or more written reports. Topics of specialization may vary for each semester. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Prerequisite: CS 741 and consent of instructor.  Offered Occasionally.


CS  752  Cr.1 - 3

Independent Study

This course is meant for those who want to acquire an in-depth knowledge on any Software Engineering topic. Typically, the student may be required to focus on one particular topic and conduct some research on this topic, or to do some software development activities such as analysis, design, implementation or testing. If registered for more than once, a different topic must be chosen each time. Each student is required to submit a report at the end of the term. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Prerequisite: CS 741 and consent of instructor.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


CS  795  Cr.1

Software Development Internship

An academically relevant field experience in government, industry, business, or community agencies. Students must have their internships approved and be advised by the computer science department. Determination of relevancy shall be made by the Career Services Office with the advice and consent of the computer science department. The experience will be supervised closely by the intern's on-site supervisor, by the Career Services Staff, and by the student's faculty internship adviser. Students must be on their internship worksite during the semester for which they are registered for academic credit. Students should contact the Career Services Office. Internship does not count for credit towards the MSE program. Repeatable for credit – maximum 2. Prerequisite: Master of Software Engineering graduate student status. Student must be on their internship worksite during the semester for which they are registered for academic credit. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


CS  798  Cr.1 - 6

Software Development Project

A major project that requires a detailed analysis of the problem domain, detailed design, implementation and demonstration. The project will be guided by a graduate CS faculty member. Submission of a written project report is required, followed by an oral examination by the Project Evaluation Committee in the CS department. Prerequisite: Project proposal must be approved by the Project Evaluation Committee in the CS department. Repeatable for credit — maximum 12. Maximum of 6 credits per semester.  Pass/Fail grading. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.