Michelle Glatz

Michelle Glatz

Computer Science


CSC 116 Introduction to Computing – Java

3 Credit Hours

An introductory course in computer science with an emphasis on basic computer organization, algorithm development, programming techniques, program structure, data representation, debugging, and program verification. Computer solution of both numerical and non-numerical problems will be completed in Java as a means toward teaching these concepts.


CSC 116 assumes a basic understanding of algebra and trigonometry. A working knowledge of how to use the computer command line interface and how to create and edit files with a text editor is also expected.

Course Objectives

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. apply classic problem-solving techniques to simple computational and information-management problems.
  2. evaluate an arithmetic expression using order of operations, promotion from integer to floating-point types, and integer division,
  3. use a programming language to write code that selects one of several alternatives based on more than one predicate,
  4. use a programming language to write a loop whose exit depends on more than one predicate,
  5. correct syntax errors and distinguish between syntax, logic, and runtime errors,
  6. find and correct logical programming errors using debugging printout, pencil-and-paper tracing, and systematic search (to locate where an incorrect decision or value first appears),
  7. verify and validate programs using system and unit testing,
  8. implement an object-oriented design that has at least two interacting, encapsulated classes,
  9. write and document programs that adhere to specific coding and documentation standards (e.g., javadoc for documentation; conventions regarding the naming of classes and methods, definition of constants, and indention),
  10. use the Java system classes to do text-based input and output,
  11. construct and use arrays with one and two dimensions
  12. Use programming language constructs learned in the course to implement a fully-specified and fully-tested encapsulated system.


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Computer and Software Requirements

Please review the minimum computer specifications recommended by NC State University and Engineering Online.

Access to a computer with internet connectivity.

The latest release of the Java 17 (LTS)  SE Development Kit (JDK).


UPDATED 10/27/2022