COSC 2415 - Data Structures and
ITSE 2445 - Data Structures
Bob Comer, Professor of Computer Studies
Who Should Enroll
This course is intended for students who have the equivalent of 2 semesters of programming in some procedural programming language. This course is taught in C++, so ideally you should have C++ programming experience. Java and C# are similar programming languages, so experience with one of these languages should be adequate. A student who has mastered the topics in COSC 1315 Fundamentals of Programming and COSC 1320 C++ Programming should have the prerequisite knowledge for this course.
You should be aware that this course is significantly more difficult than the prerequisite course COSC 1320. The C++ language topics will be more difficult than those covered in COSC 1320 and the programming concepts (algorithms) will be much more difficult also. Just passing COSC 1320 will not guarantee success in COSC 2415 Data Structures. Also note that Data Structures will cover more material than COSC 1320 (Data Structures has 3 lecture hours and 3 lab hours a week versus 2 lecture and 2 lab for COSC 1320 C++ Programming.
Here is a list of topics that a student coming into COSC 2415 should have experience with:
Typically this course is taken by students who plan to transfer to a Computer Science program at a 4-year college or university. It can also provide valuable experience for a student who plans to seek employment in an introductory-level programming position.
There is some overlap between COSC 2415 Data Structures and ITSE 2431 Advanced C++ Programming. Both cover some advanced features of C++ such as object-oriented programming features and both typically cover some data structures. The main differences are that COSC 2415 Data Structures is a transfer course that focuses on data structures, while ITSE 2431 Advanced C++ Programming is a vocational course that focuses on advanced C++ features and object-oriented programming.
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