Adv Programming Languages

Course Details

Course Number: 5113  Section Number: 201

Spring 2013

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 320

Days & Times:

TR 3:30-4:50pm

Course Attachments

Syllabus and Calendar  SYLLABUS-20130111-143908.pdf


Programming Languages: Principles and Practrice
3rd ed by Louden
MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Catherine V. Stringfellow   
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Course Objectives

 General Course Objectives: 

      a)      To develop an understanding of the organization of programming languages, especially the run-time behavior of programs;

      b)  to introduce the formal study of programming language specification and analysis;

      c)   to introduce the students to a variety of programming languages, especially those which were instrumental in the evolution of programming languages

      d)  to introduce the concepts associated with the design and development of language processors, such as lexical analysis, syntax analysis, parsing, semantics, and code generation.

Grading Standards

Course Assignments and Evaluation:  Students will be required to write four moderately complex programs in four different languages.  There might be a few very small programming assignments that will aid in developing the larger assignments.  These programs will involve applying some of the general concepts learned in class.  Industry level documentation will also be expected.  A short paper and a few homework assignments will also be required.


Final grades will be based on the following criteria.


                                activity                                                                                        percentage of grade


                                written assignments and participation                                                         10%

                                small programming assignments                                                                   5%

                                paper                                                                                                                  10%

                                programming assignments                                                                             40%

                                midterm                                                                                                             15%

                                final                                                                                                                    20%


Grading Scale is as follows based on percentage.


                                letter grade                                                                                   percentage earned

                                  A                                                                                                                        90-100

                                  B                                                                                                                        80-89

                                  C                                                                                                                        65-79

                                  D                                                                                                                        60-64

                                  F                                                                                                                        0-59



Final Exam5/7/2013  3:30-5:30pm

Submission Format PolicyNote: 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

Program Due Dates:  Programming assignments are due at the beginning of class.  Any program not handed in at the beginning of class will be considered late (unless the time on the header page is before the class starting time).  Late labs are penalized as follows.  If the lab is turned in within 24 hours from the start of class on the due date, then 10% of the maximum possible lab score will be deducted from the lab grade.  If the lab is turned in after the 24 hour period, but before the start of the first class following the class on the due date, then the penalty is 30% of the maximum  possible score.  Programs turned in after the start of the first class following the class on the due date will not be accepted.  One exception to this is the last programming assignment, it must be turned at the start of class on the last class meeting; there will be no late credit for this programming project.

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, 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

Makeup Exams and Quizzes:  There is one midterm and one final exam.  The only acceptable reason for missing an exam is with a valid university excuse (e.g., excuse from the doctor, death in the immediate family, etc.)  Documentation will be required. A makeup exam will only be given to those students who have a valid excuse.  If you know ahead of time that you will miss an exam, please see me.

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 English 1113 and English 1123 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.