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CSC3403 Comparative Programming Languages

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Mathematics, Physics & Computing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 25 March 2023


Pre-req: CSC2408; and
Pre-req or Co-req: CSC2402; or
Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GCEN or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT
Enrolment is not permitted in CSC3403 if CIS3001 has been previously completed


Today the number of available programming languages is large and continues to increase, creating a challenge in choose the right tool for a task. However, programming languages are more alike than they are different. To master new languages with minimum time and effort, professional developers need to know the basic structures, semantics and elements that are common to all programming languages. They also need to understand the design principles of a small number of paradigms that effectively group languages. This advanced course forms an end-point in the formal investigation into programming, and provides the skills for practitioners to continue to grow their expertise over a large range of present and future languages.

This course addresses the principles of programming languages. The course emphasizes the interpretation of the structure and the semantics of programming languages. Students examines the major elements of languages such as types, objects, names, scopes, expressions, functions, procedures, parameters and control structures. Run-time storage management is also covered in detail. Students will demonstrate a deep understanding of the semantics and the implementation of programming languages.

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Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 25 March 2023