CSC 340
(DRAFT syllabus revision, 7 January 2014)
CSC 340 will focus on the design, implementation, application, and performance of numerical algorithms that are fundamental to scientific computation. Skills gained from this course will allow students to bring together concepts gained in their mathematics and computer science courses and apply them to real problems.
The course meets Monday and Wednesday from 2:003:15 PM in CIS 2006.
Robert J. Schilling and Sandra L. Harris, Applied
Numerical Methods for Engineers Using Matlab and C, Brooks/Cole Publishing
Company,
Since this is an algorithmsoriented course, the grading scheme will reflect a strong emphasis on implementing computer algorithms and applying them to various problems. Accordingly, grading for this course will be based upon performance on two intermediate examinations (60% = 30% + 30%), the final examination (40%). The examinations will demand implementation, validation, demonstration, and application algorithms taught during the course and for these, you are required to employ your own personal implementations of each of the algorithms and methods studied.
Notice that correct, personally programmed implementation is a central component of this course, critical to validation, demonstration, and application, and therefore, must be taken very seriously. You may NOT use the library features of any programming language as a source for the analytical results you submit. For example, many languages possess libraries for matrix operations (e.g., NumPy) and you may use such built in functions to verify your implementations; however, you are required to implement all specified algorithms yourself and for test purposes in CSC 340, NumPy is specifically prohibited, except to verify your personal implementations of various algorithms.
Incomplete grades are
given only very rarely and only when the student is

otherwise passing the course,

able to complete the work of the course entirely on
his/her own, and

prevented from completing the course
by verified unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the student.
The instructor MUST be able to certify all three of these factors to the chair before assigning a grade of "I".
Gene A. Tagliarini, PhD
Professor of Computer Science
CIS 2038
9627572
TR, 2:303:30 PM
MW, 1:002:00 PM
Other office hours are readily available by appointment.
tagliarinig@uncw.edu
Regular attendance and vigorous participation in class are expected but not required. However, if you desire the "benefit of the doubt" in any matter related to your grade in the class, you will routinely be present, ask relevant questions, and cooperate with the instructor as well as the course objectives. Each student is personally responsible for material covered during each class meeting.
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 (ext. 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.
Course Student
Learning Outcomes and Course Assessment Plan 
Assessment
Instruments 

Course Student
Learning Outcomes 
Test 1 
Test 2 
Final Exam 

1 
Students develop knowledge of computer data
representation and its relationship to computational error and error
propagation. 
X 

2 
Students develop knowledge of vector and matrix
operations (e.g., addition, subtraction, transpose, multiplication,
inverse). 
X 

3 
Students learn how to find and use eigenvectors
and eigenvalues and students implement
programs to find these 
X 

4 
Students implement and learn to use signal processing algorithms. 
X 

5 
Students implement and learn to use programs to
fit data using both linear and nonlinear functions. 
X 

6 
Students develop a knowledge of algorithm and implementation alternatives that enables them to choose appropriately. 
X 

7 
Students develop skills in writing
technical reports that describe findings that arise from application of
software that they develop. 
X 