FORTRAN Programming for Engineers

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CSC 172

       Course Name: FORTRAN Programming for Engineers

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces FORTRAN programming language. Content focus is on solving numerically intensive applications present in scientific and engineering fields. Numerical algorithms implemented using intermediate programming tools and elementary data structures. Credit cannot be received in both CSC 171 and CSC 172. Recommended: MAT 250, CSC 170 or concurrent enrollment in CSC 170.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Compose, edit, compile and execute programs written in the FORTRAN programming language.
  2. Apply the tools of problem analysis and algorithmic development to problems from the natural sciences and engineering.
  3. Design programs using the essential programming tools: modularity, selection and repetition.
  4. Implement programming solutions using data structures such as files and arrays.
  5. Design problem solutions that utilize the array subset notation.
  6. Survey elementary numerical algorithms.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

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VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Basic Programming Skills
    1. Input/Output
    2. Assignments
    3. Documentation
  2. Modularity and Logical Design
    1. Selection
    2. Repetition
    3. Functions/Subroutines
      1. recursion
  3. Intemediate Data Objects
    1. Sequential access files
    2. One and two dimensional arrays
      1. Array triplet notation
Tentative Weekly Schedule




Reading Topics



Sample Quiz

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VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, class discussion, individual and group projects, and use of a computer laboratory.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading of the text is required for understanding the material. Use of a computer laboratory is necessary to learn the design of software.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Quizzes, written homework, computer assignments, major examinations and a final examination will be used.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

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