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CSS 101 Digital Thinking (5) QSR
Introduces the fundamental concepts behind computing and computational thinking including logical reasoning; problem solving, data representation; abstraction; complexity management; computers and network operations; effective web searches; ethics; and legal and social aspects of information technology through the creation of popular digital artifacts such as web pages, animations, and video games. Offered: jointly with BIS 111; AWSp.
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CSS 107 Introduction to Programming through Animated Storytelling (5) VLPA, QSR
Introduces the fundamentals of programming using storytelling in virtual worlds; includes creation of characters, games, short stories, storyboards, 3-D motion, classes, methods, and functions. Contemporary topics vary addressing social, scientific, and ethical issues of information technology.
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CSS 110 Introduction to Cyber Security (5) I&S
Introduces cyber security topics including hacking, social networking, privacy, cryptography, legal aspects, social implications, password management, digital forensics, computer networking, wireless security, and ethical issues. Focuses on various methods and techniques to address cyber security threats. No technical experience needed.
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CSS 132 Computer Programming for Engineers I (5) NW, QSR
Introduces programming concepts within social, mathematical, and technological context. Topics include programming fundamentals (control structures, data types, functions, etc.), computer organization, algorithmic thinking, introductory software engineering concepts, and social and professional issues. Engineering applications are emphasized. A computer language used in engineering practice is used for instruction. Co-requisite: CSSSKL 132.
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CSS 133 Computer Programming for Engineers II (5) NW, QSR
Transition from basic programming skills to a rigorous process of software development. Familiarization wit higher level programming techniques (recursion, generic programming, stacks, queues, trees, searching, and sorting). Emphasizes connection between algorithmic thought and implementation. Engineering applications are emphasized. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.7 in CSS 132; CSSSKL 133 is a co-requisite; recommended:
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CSS 142 Computer Programming I (5) NW, QSR
Introduces programming concepts within social, cultural, scientific, mathematical, and technological context. Topics include programming fundamentals (control structures, data types and representation, operations, functions and parameters), computer organization, algorithmic thinking, introductory software engineering concepts (specifications, design, testing), and social and professional issues. Co-requisite: CSSSKL 142.
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CSS 143 Computer Programming II (5) NW, QSR
Transition from basic programming skills to a rigorous process of software development. Familiarization with higher level programming techniques (recursion, generic programming, stacks, queues, trees, searching, and sorting). Emphasizes connection between algorithmic thought and implementation. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.7 in CSS 161, CSS 142, or CSE 142. Co-requisite: CSSSKL 143.
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CSS 198 Supervised Study (1-5, max. 6)
Supervised exploration of computing-related topic or concept.
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CSS 199 Computing Research (1-5, max. 6)
Exploration of computing research activities and processes as specified in a contract with a faculty member.
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CSS 205 Women in STEM Seminar: College Life (1, max. 6) I&S, DIV
Develop effective academic strategies for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Explores the representation of women in STEM as they are portrayed in literature and film. Discusses issues if STEM and gender including: mentors and support groups, social issues, role models and stereotyping, and earning respect. Credit/no-credit only.
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CSS 211 Computers and Society (5) I&S
Exploration and discussion of issues related to the development, support, and usage of computing technology in today's society. Topics vary each quarter but may include coverage of areas such as intellectual property rights, cybersecurity, privacy, freedom of speech, liability, ethics, social justice, diversity, and labor.
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CSS 225 Physics and Chemistry of Computer Components and Their Manufacture (5) QSR Jackels
Examination of the basic physics and chemistry underlying the design and manufacture of computer components. Introduction to the electronic structure of the solid state, the nature of p-n junctions, and basic transistor design. Aspects of materials and polymer science and photolithography employed in microchip manufacture. May not be repeated.
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CSS 290 Topics in Computing (1-5, max. 10)
Examines current topics and issues associated with computing that are of broad relevance.
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CSS 295 K-12 Computing Education (2) QSR, DIV
Collaboration with community partners to develop computing education opportunities for K-12 students. Curriculum development and basic computing education environments. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.7 in CSS 162. Credit/no-credit only.
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CSS 301 Technical Writing for Computing Professionals (5)
Explores the most effective methods of communication based on the common expectations for computing and other engineering professionals. Examines various writing patterns commonly used in technical writing, including compare/contrast, persuasive, process, instructions, and problem/solution, and when/why is used. Prerequisite: either ENGL 182, HCDE 231, or B CUSP 135.
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CSS 305 Survey of Computer Systems for Teachers (5) QSR
Survey of computer systems concepts to provide context and understanding for teachers creating K-12 courseware. Includes issues, tradeoffs, and solutions of computer systems, including data structures, networks, databases, human computer interactions, software engineering, and cybersecurity. Non-CSS majors only. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.7 in CSS 161; minimum grade of 2.0 in CSS 211. Credit/no-credit only.
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CSS 310 Information Assurance and Cyber Security (5)
Provides theoretical and practical introduction to information assurance and cyber security (IAC). Includes methods and practices for securing information and information systems. Covers how vulnerabilities arise, recognizing evolving threats, and mitigating them. Explores the role of risk analysis, information privacy, accountability, and policy.
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CSS 330 Topics in Mathematics for Software Development (1-5, max. 10)
Topics in intermediate mathematics as applied within the context of computer software application development. Topics chosen from the fields of intermediate calculus and finite mathematics.
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CSS 332 Programming Issues with Object-Oriented Languages (2) Zander
Covers language and development/execution environment differences, including data types, control structures, arrays, and I/O; addressing and memory management issues including pointers, references, functions, and their passing conventions; object-oriented design specifics related to structured data and classes. Co-requisite: CSS 342 Credit/no-credit only.
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CSS 337 Secure Systems (5)
Prepares students for deploying and operating secure systems on a heterogeneous distributed infrastructure. Covers cybersecurity principles, methods, and tools used to protect against and detect external and internal threats. Addresses ethical and professional issues for cybersecurity personnel. Assumes students have basic computer administration skills. Prerequisite: CSS 161.
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CSS 340 Applied Algorithmics (5)
Extends the principles of programming and discrete math (e.g., programming languages, recursion, sorting, computational complexity, mathematical induction, logic concepts, set theory, hash tables, etc.) and applies them to the development, analysis, and implementation of data structures and efficient software. Prerequisite: CSS 162; and MATH 124 or STMATH 124, all of which require a minimum grade of 2.5
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CSS 341 Fundamentals of Programming Theory and Applications (5)
Fundamental concepts and techniques for analysis, design and implementation of computer programming. Prerequisite: CSS 161; may not be repeated.
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CSS 342 Data Structures, Algorithms, and Discrete Mathematics I (5)
Integrating mathematical principles with detailed instruction in computer programming. Explores mathematical reasoning and discrete structures through object-oriented programming. Includes algorithm analysis, basic abstract data types, and data structures. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.8 in CSS 143; minimum grade of 2.5 in STMATH 125; may not be repeated.
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CSS 343 Data Structures, Algorithms, and Discrete Mathematics II (5)
Develops competencies associated with problem-solving, algorithms, and computational models. Covers abstract data types and data structures, efficiency of algorithms, binary tree representations and traversals, searching, dictionaries, priority queues, hashing, directed graphs and graph algorithms, and language grammars. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in CSS 301; minimum grade of 2.0 in CSS 342; minimum grade of 2.0 in either STMATH 125 or MATH 125.
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CSS 350 Management Principles for Computing Professionals (5) Erdly
Through a team software project, explores critical interpersonal, communication, leadership, decision-making, social, and cultural theories drawn from contemporary research in anthropology, sociology, psychology, and business. Prerequisite: CSS 301, which may be taken concurrently; may not be repeated.
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CSS 360 Software Engineering (5)
Surveys the software engineering processes, tools, and techniques used in software development and quality assurance. Topics include life-cycle models, process modeling, requirements analysis and specification techniques, quality assurance techniques, verification and validation, testing, project planning, and management. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: either CSS 340, CSS 341, or CSS 342 which may be taken concurrently; may not be repeated.
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CSS 370 Analysis and Design (5)
Methods and tools to capture and communicate requirements, proposed solutions, and design to management, customers, and software developers. Data, process, and object modeling using languages such as data flow diagrams, entity/relationship diagrams, and unified modeling language use cases and class and sequence diagrams. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: 2.0 in CSS 301; 2.0 in CSS 342 or CSS 340; 2.0 in CSS 360; may not be repeated.
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CSS 371 The Business of Technology (5) Berger
Methods for aiding software development, communicating progress to customers/management, and developing marketing strategies for the product. Incorporates social, psychological, and ethical issues. May not be repeated. Offered: jointly with B EE 371.
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CSS 383 Bioinformatics (5) NW Kraemer
Covers principles of bioinformatics. Students develop a working knowledge of computational tools to analyze biological datasets, including DNA and protein sequence databases. Includes topics such as: database searching, sequence alignment (DNA, RNA, and protein), BLAST, phylogeny, evolution, functional genomics, gene expression/microarray analysis, and protein analysis. Offered: jointly with B BIO 383.
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CSS 385 Introduction to Game Development (5) VLPA/NW Sung
Examines the fundamental issues in designing and developing computer video games; creative and artistic elements, story narration, software architecture, interaction model, mathematic, physics, special effects, and in-game AI logic. Experiences elements in game design: world setting, game play, and interface; and experiences implementing games: conceptualization, prototyping, and play testing. Prerequisite: CSS 342 Offered: Sp.
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CSS 390 Special Topics (1-5, max. 10)
Examines current topics and issues associated with computing and software systems.
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CSS 405 Women in STEM Seminar: Career/Professional Life (1, max. 6) I&S, DIV
Develops effective academic strategies for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Explores the representation of women in STEM as they are portrayed in literature and film. Discusses issues of STEM and gender including: earning respect, work-life balance, social issues, connection and networks, job hunting and technical interviews. Credit/no-credit only.
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CSS 411 Computing Technology and Public Policy (5) I&S
In depth investigation of economical, political, organizational, and societal ramifications of using computing technology. Evaluates current policy approaches, determines trends, and proposes changes. Topics vary by quarter.
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CSS 415 Emerging Topics in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (1-5, max. 15)
Explores emerging topics and unique subjects in information assurance and cybersecurity (IAC) not otherwise covered in the IAC curriculum. Prerequisite: either CSS 310, INFO 310, or T INFO 310.
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CSS 421 Introduction to Hardware and Operating Systems (5) NW
An introduction to the architecture of modern microprocessors and operating systems. Examines the basic theories and concepts of how hardware and software cooperatively interact to accomplish real-world tasks. Prerequisite: CSS 342, or CSS 340.
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CSS 422 Hardware and Computer Organization (5)
An introduction to the architecture, operation, and organization of a modern computing machine. Topics covered include basic logic operations, state-machines, register models, memory organization, peripherals, and system issues. Assembly language taught in order to understand the instruction set architecture and memory model of the computer. Prerequisite: CSS 342; may not be repeated. Instructors: Berger
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CSS 427 Introduction to Embedded Systems (5)
Introduction to the process of specifying and designing embedded systems. Follows the embedded systems development; software and hardware partitioning, processor selection, real-time operating systems, coding in assembly language and C, debugging, and testing. Lab experiments reinforce fundamental concepts using embedded design and debug tools. Prerequisite: B EE 425 or CSS 422.
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CSS 428 Advanced Embedded Systems (5)
Advanced topics and experiments in embedded systems. Topics may include real-time performance analysis, mission critical software design, RTOS kernel design, memory management, flash programming, VHDL design, real-world interfacing, and real-time debugging tools. Lab experiments include A/D conversion, flash programming, hard real-time interrupt-driven input/output. Prerequisite: CSS 427.
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CSS 430 Operating Systems (5)
Principles of operating systems, including process management, memory management, auxiliary storage management, and resource allocation. Focus on the structure of the popular desktop and real-time operating systems. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in CSS 343; may not be repeated.
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CSS 432 Computer Networking (5)
Examines computer networking topics such as data link networks, packet switching, routing, TCP/UDP, flow control, congestion control, network security, and application protocols. Oriented toward network programming and performance evaluation experiments. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in CSS 343; recommended: CSS 430.
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CSS 434 Parallel and Distributed Computing (5) Fukuda
Concepts and design of parallel and distributed computing systems. Topics include: fundamentals of OS, network and MP systems; message passing; remote procedure calls; process migration and mobile agents; distributed synchronization; distributed shared memory; distributed file system; fault tolerance; and grid computing. Prerequisite: CSS 343.
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CSS 448 Introduction to Compilers (5) Zander
Introduction to the structures and organization of programming languages; fundamentals of translation; regular expressions and context-free grammars; syntax and lexical analysis, symbol tables, semantics and parsing, code generation; translation techniques such as LR, LL, and recursive descent. Prerequisite: CSS 343; may not be repeated.
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CSS 450 Computer Graphics (5)
Introduces the fundamental concepts in computer graphics: camera model, illumination models, hardware shading, transformation pipeline, scene graphs, texture mapping, and simple modeling and animation techniques. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in CSS 342; may not be repeated.
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CSS 451 3-D Computer Graphics (5) Sung
Introduces practical and popular three-dimensional (3-D) graphic algorithms. Examines modeling (how to build 3-D objects), animation (how to describe the motion of objects), and rendering (how to generate images of 3-D objects in animation). Prerequisite: CSS 342; may not be repeated.
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CSS 452 Game Engine Development (5)
Studies the technical fundamentals and implementation details of a game engine. Topics include software architecture, input, resource management, textures, animation, coordinate systems, object behaviors and interactions, camera manipulations, illumination and special effects, physics, and scene management Prerequisite: 2.0 in CSS 343, CSS 360, and ST MATH 308 ; recommended: CSS 343, CSS 360, and ST MATH 308
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CSS 455 Introduction to Computational Science and Scientific Programming (5)
Introduction to principles and fundamental algorithms of scientific computing, including applied linear algebra and numerical methods. Group projects address current computational problems in the physical, biological, and life sciences. Prerequisite: STMATH 125, or MATH 125; and either CSS 162, or CSS 341.
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CSS 457 Multimedia and Signal Computing (5) M. STIBER
How multimedia information is captured, represented, processed, communicated, and stored in computers. Topics include: physical properties of sound and images, digitization, digital signal processing, filtering, compression, JPEG and MPEG algorithms, and storage and network communication. Prerequisite: CSS 342, or CSS 340; may not be repeated.
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CSS 458 Fundamentals of Computer Simulation Theory and Application (5)
Covers all aspects of computer simulation including theory, implementation, and application. Presents real-life interdisciplinary examples. Final student project models a real-life situation with a computer simulation. Prerequisite: either CSS 263, or CSS 340, or CSS 342; may not be repeated.
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CSS 461 Software Project Management (5)
Fundamental skills required for effective software project management, including project planning and tracking and people management. Topics include risk analysis, project scope, scheduling, resource allocation, cost estimation, negotiation, monitoring and controlling schedule, software metrics, quality management, process improvement, staffing, leadership, motivation, and team building. Prerequisite: CSS 360, may not be repeated.
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CSS 473 Entrepreneurship Seminar (5)
Creates or works within a new venture. New venture situations include for-profit and non-profit companies and launching new products/services within existing companies. Develops a business plan. Offered: jointly with B BUS 443.
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CSS 474 Product Development Lab (5)
Includes a technology project and product development within the dynamic of time-pressured competition. Focuses on systematically improving products to beat competition and win the customer. Topics include benchmarking, competitive intelligence, and managing small group product development. Offered: jointly with B BUS 444.
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CSS 475 Database Systems (5)
Methods for obtaining requirements and designing database systems; differences between hierarchical, relational, and network database designs; techniques for designing and coding effective reporting procedures. Prerequisite: either CSS 340, or CSS 341 or CSS 342; CSS 360; may not be repeated.
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CSS 478 Usability and User-Centered Design (5)
Application of human information processing models, theories and human-computer interaction principles for designing interactive systems. Emphasis is on how usability methods could be incorporated into the system design lifecycle. Topics include user survey, heuristic evaluation, task analysis and experimental testing. Prerequisite: CSS 360; may not be repeated.
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CSS 480 Principles of Human-Computer Interaction (5)
Examines fundamentals of human perception, human cognition, attention and memory constraints; role of user experience and intelligence; input and output devices; standards compliance; design of systems for individual versus collaborative work settings; rapid prototyping, user-centered design techniques, and design evaluation methods. Prerequisite: CSS 360; may not be repeated. Instructors: Erdly
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CSS 481 Web Programming and Applications (5)
Examines the core web development technologies used to design, build and support web-based applications. Introduce various web programming languages. creates interactive media projects, including applying programming constructs, incorporating text and multimedia contents, and using standard web communication formats. Prerequisite: CSS 342 and CSS 475.
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CSS 482 Expert Systems (5)
Theory and application of expert systems: computer systems that capture and use human expertise. Applications include computer configuration, fault diagnosis, computer-aided instruction, data interpretation, planning and prediction, and process control. Prerequisite: CSS 343; may not be repeated.
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CSS 483 Bioinformatics Algorithms (5)
Covers basic molecular biology to aid in the understanding of current bioinformatics problems that need computational tools. Explores fundamental bioinformatics algorithms of current and future bioinformatics systems. Students implement algorithms on practical biology problems. Prerequisite: CSS 343, which may be taken concurrently.
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CSS 485 Introduction to Artificial Neural Networks (5) Stiber
Application of biological computing principles to machine problem solving. State of the art in artificial neural networks (ANNs), including vision, motor control, learning, data analysis. Topics include ANN architectures, algorithms: perceptrons, Widrow-Hoff, backpropagation, Hebbian networks. Prerequisite: CSS 343; may not be repeated.
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CSS 487 Computer Vision (5)
Methods for extracting content from digital images. Topics typically include linear filters, edge detection, segmentation, stereo vision, motion estimation, and object recognition: Examines applications of computer vision, such as image databases and robot navigation. Prerequisite: CSS 343. Instructors: Olson
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CSS 490 Special Topics in Computing and Software Systems (1-5, max. 20)
Examines current topics and issues associated with computing and software systems. Offered: AWSpS.
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CSS 495 Applied Computing Internship (1-5, max. 10)
Elective completion of a work project as delineated in a contract between student, faculty advisor, and community sponsor. Prerequisite: CSS 350; CSS 360; CSS 421. Credit/no-credit only.
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CSS 496 Applied Computing Capstone (5)
Group seminar project requires software development and research project in applied computing. Objectives include: integrating minor or concentration with computing, reviewing professional literature, writing technical documents, and presenting project results to technologists/end-users. Prerequisite: CSS 301; CSS 340 or CSS 342; CSS 342; CSS 350; CSS 360; CSS 421.
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CSS 497 Computer Science and Software Engineering Capstone ([1-10]-, max. 10)
Completion of project as delineated in a contract between student, faculty advisor, and community sponsor. Prerequisite: CSS 350; CSS 370; CSS 422; CSS 430; two additional CSS courses.
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CSS 498 Independent Study (1-5, max. 10)
Individual study by arrangement with instructor.
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CSS 499 Undergraduate Research (0-5, max. 10)
Design and implementation of a research study as specified in a contract with a faculty member.
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CSS 501 Data Structures and Object-Oriented Programming I (4)
Covers data structures and object-oriented programming. Studies basic and advanced data types, their uses, and implementations. Students design solutions to programming problems using object-oriented techniques with various data types. Covers algorithms and their tradeoffs. Uses modern software engineering practices.
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CSS 502 Data Structures and Object-Oriented Programming II (4)
Covers advanced data structures including trees, balanced trees, heaps, graphs, and hash tables along with associated algorithms. Covers object-oriented programming with a focus on design and implementation of problems using inheritance and polymorphism. Introduces formal automata theory. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.7 in CSS 501.
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CSS 503 Systems Programming (4)
Examines the logical design and programming aspects of operating systems and network communication. Topics include processes, threads, synchronization, deadlocks, memory management, virtual memory, file systems, and client-server network programming. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.7 in CSS 502.
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CSS 506 Software Development Processes (2)
Provides a foundation in software engineering processes, methods, and practices associated with prescriptive and agile software process models. Includes the creation of artifacts commonly used to communicate, justify, and manage computing projects.
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CSS 507 Software Modeling Techniques (2)
Provides the concepts and skills needed to use modeling in software analysis and design to foster understanding and communications of a problem and its potential solutions. Includes the creation of modeling artifacts for projects by hand and using CASE tools. Prerequisite: CSS 506.
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CSS 508 Software Testing and Quality (2)
Reviews approaches, concepts, and techniques used to validate and verify software and methods used to improve software processes. Students reflect on the applicability of software engineering and computer science methods. Prerequisite: CSS 507.
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CSS 514 Security, Policy, Ethics, and the Legal Environment (2)
Addresses ethical, legal, and policy frameworks within which information assurance and secure development lifecycle professionals must practice. Covers ethical, moral, legal and policy issues related to computers and telecommunications systems, such as how they impact privacy, fair information practices, equity, content control, and freedom of electronic speech.
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CSS 515 Contemporary Issues in Information Assurance (2)
Addresses current developments in information assurance and cyber security, such as the changing threat spectrum, legal developments, international relationships, and intellectual property protection with an emphasis on the ethical and moral perspectives. Covers communities and resources important to becoming a responsible professional in the security field. Prerequisite: either CSS 514 or CSS 517.
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CSS 517 Information Assurance and the Secure Development Lifecycle (5)
Information assurance and cyber security for engineering and operational environments including topics such as: secure development lifecycle; policy development and implementation; professional ethical obligations; applications risk management; security operations; common threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits; confidentiality, integrity, and availability; information lifecycle; privacy considerations; legal and regulatory issues, and governance.
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CSS 518 Human Factors in Cyber Security (5)
Humans are considered the weakest link in cyber security. Regardless of the robustness of technical solutions, without an understanding and appreciation for the human factors, there will continue to be significant compromises. This course examines the human factors involved in cyber security, including behavioral, psychological, social, technical, and usability components.
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CSS 519 Incident Response and Risk Management (5)
Risk management and incident response from an information assurance and cyber security perspective, including topics such as: risk management; risk assessments; threat, vulnerability and exploit analysis; risk prioritization; risk mitigation; business impact analysis; business continuity planning; disaster recovery planning; incident response and recovery; compliance; and audits. Prerequisite: CSS 517.
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CSS 527 Cryptography and Information Assurance (5)
Explores the theory and application of cryptography from a computer science perspective. Examines the mathematical background, implementation, and deployment of cryptographic algorithms for symmetric and asymmetric encryption, hashing, and digital signatures. Discusses applications of cryptography to build and deploy secure systems. Prerequisite: either CSS 517, which may be taken concurrently or permission of instructor.
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CSS 533 Distributed Computing (5)
Builds on knowledge of advanced programming methodologies in distributed computing. Topics include message passing, indirect communication, remote method invocation, distributed objects, multi-tier server-side programming, peer-to-peer systems, distributed synchronization, distributed check-pointing, and replica management.
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CSS 534 Parallel Programming in Grid and Cloud (5)
Exploration of theoretical programming methodology and practical middleware design used for parallel programming in grid and cloud systems. Uses different programming models, parallelizing patterns, and middleware systems for designing application-specific fault-tolerant parallel software.
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CSS 535 High Performance Computing (5)
Covers the essential theories, principles, concepts, and practices related to designing, implementing, evaluating, and using high-performance computing systems. These include ways to reason about issues arising from the use of homogeneous and heterogeneous combinations of memory and computational resources (e.g. CPUs and GPUs), data, algorithms, and application domains.
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CSS 537 Network and System Security (5)
Examines the theory and practice of network security, the role of cryptography, and the current state of the art in building secure networked systems. Covers topics such as access control, authentication, perimeter security defense, firewalls, virtual private networks, intrusion detection systems, and wireless security and network security auditing tools. Prerequisite: either CSS 517, which may be taken concurrently or permission of instructor.
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CSS 538 Security in Emerging Wireless and Mobile Networks (5)
Examines the security issues associated with various emerging wireless, mobile networks, and pervasive systems. Covers topics such as MAC layer and routing layer security; robust localization; trust and reputation mechanisms; mobile malwares; authentication solutions; and machine learning based intrusion detection techniques.
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CSS 539 Cyber Security in Emerging Environments (5)
Explores security issues and solutions in emerging environments and non-traditional computing platforms such as vehicular networks, mobile phone systems, and pervasive systems. Also covers topic such as usable security, managing trade-offs in resource-constrained systems, and reasoning with uncertain information. Prerequisite: CSS 517, which may be taken concurrently.
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CSS 543 Advanced Programming Methodologies (5)
Builds on knowledge of data structures and operating systems, introducing thread based and component based multi-tier programming. Reviews synchronization mechanisms and design/implementation of concurrent applications, discusses language/system independent software resuse, component technology, and multi-tier application design and development.
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CSS 545 Mobile Computing (5)
Covers concepts related to systems once can build located at the intersections of pocket size computing devices; location aware technologies; mobile web services; and integrated sensors such as touch- and gesture-based UIs. Uses programming projects to explore the concepts and application in each area, and enable students to define a final project to combine and intersect the above areas.
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CSS 548 Introduction to Compilers (5) Zander
Introduces the structures and organization of programming languages; fundamentals of translation; regular expressions and context-free grammars; syntax lexical analysis, symbol tables, semantics and parsing, code generation; translation techniques such as LR, LL, and recursive descent. Offered: A.
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CSS 549 Algorithm Design and Analysis (5)
Covers fundamental techniques for algorithm design and analysis, such as computational complexity, greedy algorithms, divide-and-conquer algorithms, dynamic programming, graph algorithms, randomized algorithms, and computational intractability.
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CSS 552 Topics in Rendering (5)
Studies core algorithms and technologies in synthesizing high quality images, including: camera models, 3D viewing, visibility sampling and approximation, light source models, material property approximation, illumination models, human vision system, and texture synthesis. Prerequisite: CSS 451. Instructors: Sung Offered: W.
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CSS 553 Software Architecture (5)
Studies the concepts, representations techniques, development methods, and tools for structuring software systems. Topics include domain-specific software architectures, architecture description languages, architectural styles, product line architectures, and standards. Combines hands-on experience designing software with an understanding of recent developments in the field.
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CSS 555 Evaluating Software Design (5)
Studies best software engineering practices and methods used in prescriptive and agile approached to create and evaluate software design from an quality principled point-of-view. Considers design from quality dimensions such as performance, scalability, maintainability, usability, and security.
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CSS 565 Research Methods in Software Development (5)
In-depth study of research design and data analysis techniques for computing-related research activities. Students prepare a research proposal; examine experimental, quasi-experimental, and qualitative design strategies; perform meta-analytic research, define and collect appropriate software metrics; and perform appropriate advanced statistical analyses.
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CSS 566 Software Management (5)
Covers theories, principles, and practices that are designed to enable project managers and other related stakeholders as they assess, choose, and use appropriate frameworks, tools, techniques, and metrics to guide software projects toward successful completion or termination.
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CSS 572 Evidence-Based Design (5)
Provides a foundation in evidence-based user-centered design theory, methods, and practices for creating innovative software-enabled products.
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CSS 577 Secure Software Development (5)
Examines secure design and secure coding principles, practices, and methods including least privilege, threat modeling, and static analysis. Covers common vulnerabilities such as buffer overruns, integer overflows, injection attacks, cross-site scripting, and weak error handling in detail.
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CSS 578 Ethical Penetration Testing (5)
Explores ethical hacking and penetration testing tools, vulnerability analysis and exploitation, and defense techniques. Covers topics such as reconnaissance, OS fingerprinting, remote network mapping, web application, software and network vulnerabilities, attack surface analysis, fuzz testing, exploitation of vulnerabilities, credential gathering, and privilege escalation. Prerequisite: either CSS 517, which may be taken concurrently or permission of instructor.
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CSS 579 Malware and Attack Reverse Engineering (5)
Explores techniques and technologies for understanding the operation of malicious software and attacks. Discusses and explores techniques for detection, identification and prevention. Presents reverse engineering of code and network exploits as a method for understanding and development of countermeasures. Prerequisite: CSS 517, which may be taken concurrently.
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CSS 581 Machine Learning (5)
Theory and practical use of machine learning techniques, such as decision trees, logistic regression, discriminant analysis, neural networks, naive Bayes, k-nearest neighbor, support vector machines, collaborative filtering, clustering, and ensembles. Emphasizes hands-on experience with real-world datasets, combined with several programming projects.
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CSS 583 Knowledge Management Systems (5)
Explores contemporary theoretical and practical implications of how to create and manage knowledge as acquired using technology. Uses different strategies such as XML, RDF, RDFS, and other approaches to provide methods and structures to organize and reference data for use within a variety of knowledge domains.
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CSS 584 Multimedia Database Systems (5)
Discusses core concepts for multimedia data representation and compression. Introduces state-of-the-art techniques for multimedia data processing; compression, indexing and retrieval. Examines various multimedia systems; tools and applications.
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CSS 587 Advanced Topics in Computer Vision (5)
Covers advanced topics in computer vision. Includes image and video databases, object recognition, video processing, scene reconstruction, and robot vision. Students implement projects on current topics in computer vision research.
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CSS 590 Special Topics in Computing (5, max. 15)
Special topics in computer science and software engineering. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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CSS 593 Cyber Security Engineering Capstone ([1-5]-, max. 10)
Students apply their knowledge and skills related to cyber security engineering in a culminated capstone project. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.7 in each of CSS 514, CSS 517, CSS 519, CSS 527, CSS 537, CSS 577, and CSS 578.
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CSS 595 Computer Science and Software Engineering Capstone ([1-10]-, max. 40)
Students apply their knowledge and skills related to computer science and software engineering in a culminating capstone project. Credit/no-credit only.
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CSS 599 Faculty Research Seminar (1)
Weekly seminars on current research topics in computer science, software engineering, or cyber security engineering.
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CSS 600 Independent Study or Research (1-10, max. 30)
Independent study or research on computing topics conducted under the direction of one or more instructors. Offered: AWSpS.
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CSS 601 INTERNSHIP (1-5, max. 10)
Graduate internship under the supervision of a CSS faulty member.
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CSS 700 Master's Thesis (*-)
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