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 CSC 360 - Formal Languages and Computability I

Course Syllabus

CSC 360:     Lecture:  TR 3:30pm -- 4:45pm     CI 1006

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Curry Guinn
E-mail: 360
Office hours:  MTWR 10:00am-11:00am and by appointment
Phone: (910) 962-7937



An introduction to theoretical computer science. Topics include regular expression and finite state concepts; basic automata theory; formal grammar and languages; computability; Turing machines; elementary recursive function theory.


Languages and Machines by Thomas A. Sudkamp
Addison Wesley Publications.
Third Edition



This course will require substantial pencil-and-paper problem-solving but very little programming outside of class.  


90 - 100 A

80 - 89 B

70 - 79 C

60 - 69 D

Honor Code

It is the responsibility of every student to follow the UNCW Academic Honor Code (see Section V of your Student Handbook). You violate the honor code when you represent someone else's work as your own. Individual programming assignments may be discussed at a conceptual (i.e. design and algorithms) level with other students but implementation details and coding must be your own. Team programming assignments must be completed without collaboration with other teams. Copying of programs is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action (see your Student Handbook). Copying includes digital copies, hand copies, as well as representing a slight modification of someone else's code as your own work.

Learning Strategies

You are expected to take an active role in your learning in this course. This includes regular attendance, paying attention in class, reading the textbook, and completing all course requirements. You are encouraged to study with your classmates outside of class.

Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability and need reasonable accommodation in this course, you should inform the instructor of this fact in writing within the first week of class or as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, you must register with the Office of Disability Services in Westside Hall (extension 3746) and obtain a copy of your Accommodation Letter. You should then meet with your instructor to make mutually agreeable arrangements based on the recommendations of the Accommodation Letter.

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