Fall 2014 Elective Courses
Fall 2014 Course List
CSCI-UA.0436-001 9013 Computer Architecture
prereq: CSCI-UA.0201 & MATH-UA.0120
A first course in the structure and design of computer systems. Basic logic
modules and arithmetic circuits. Control unit design of computers and structure
of a simple processor; speed-up techniques. Storage technologies and structure
of memory hierarchies; error detection and correction. Input/output structures,
busses, programmed data transfer, interrupts, DMA, and microprocessors.
Discussion of various computer architectures; stack, pipeline, and parallel
machines; and multiple functional units.
CSCI-UA.0453-001 9014 Theory Of Computation
Takes a mathematical approach to studying topics in computer science, such as
regular languages and some of their representations (deterministic finite
automata, nondeterministic finite automata, regular expressions)
and proof of nonregularity. Context-free languages and pushdown automata;
proofs that languages are not context-free. Elements of computability theory.
Brief introduction to NP-completeness.
CSCI-UA.0470-001 9015 Object Oriented Programming
Object-oriented programming has emerged as a significant software development
methodology. This course introduces the important concepts of object-oriented
design and languages, including code reuse, data abstraction, inheritance, and
dynamic overloading. Covers in depth those features of Java and C++ that
support object-oriented programming and gives an overview of other
object-oriented languages of interest. Significant programming assignments
stressing object-oriented design.
CSCI-UA. 480-001 11295 Special Topics In
Computer Science: Computing with Large Data Sets
Enormous collections of data in multiple fields of science and engineering are
being gathered and need to be analyzed. For example, the Sloan Digital Sky
Survey will represent more than 200 million objects, each with 100 dimensions,
and other activities in physics, biology, astronomy, and medicine will soon
gather ever-larger sets of data. Biology, and more specifically the field of
systems biology, have seen massive improvements in the technologies we use to
sequence genomes and measure the levels of gene expression (or activity) in
cells under different conditions.
These large biology data sets have have
features in common with large data sets arising in other fields and illustrate
the general need for tools for analysis, manipulation and statistical analysis
of large data sets. This course will discuss some of the associated
unprecedented computational challenges, focusing on these very large data sets
arising in computational biology. The course is intended to addre ss some of
the needed general principles by using a high-level language, the R statistical
programming language, to analyze large genomic data sets. We will focus on four
main data-sets in this class that come from current genomics and
systems-biology studies; the needed biology and statistics will be taught
throughout the course.
CSCI-UA.0480-002 23097 Special Topics
In Comp Science: Applied Internet Technology
A practical introduction to creating modern web applications. Covers full stack
web development - including topics such as database / data model design, MVC
architecture, templating, handling user input, asynchronous processing, and
client side interactivity. Students will use current server and client side web
frameworks to build dynamic, data-driven sites. Various tools to support
development will also be introduced, such as version control and build systems.
Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS and familiarity with command line tools are
CSCI-UA. 0480-003 17611 Special Topics
In Comp Science: iOS Programming
In this course, students will learn to create applications for Apple's iPhone 3G
using Objective-C and the iPhone SDK. Since its introduction this past summer,
the Apple SDK has been revealed to be a powerful platform upon which to build
sophisticated applications for the iPhone.
Without actually having to own an iPhone, students will be able to build and
test their applications on Intel Apple Macs using the freely available compiler
and simulator. In addition to the development tools, students will become
proficient in the object-oriented language Objective-C, the Apple iPhone
Framework, and the principles of Cocoa development. This is a new, dynamic,
constantly-evolving topic, and students will be at the forefront of a new
CSCI-UA. 0480-004 17612 Special Topics In Comp Science: Computer
The course will cover: 2D and 3D shape modeling, 2D and 3D coordinate
transformations, splines, user interaction, designing and implementing motion
scripts, viewing perspective rendering, clipping, painter's and Z-buffer
algorithms, shading and lighting, textures, fractals, and ray tracing. There
will be a lot of programming in this course as well as a midterm and final.
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