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COSC 1301 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Introduction to Computing
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Overview of computer systems hardware, operating systems, and microcomputer application software, including the Internet, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, and databases. Current issues such as the effect of computers on society, and the history and use of computers in business, educational, and other modern settings are also studied. This course is not intended to count toward a student's major field of study in business or computer science. This course will fulfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1101015107


COSC 1309 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC, ECC

Logic Design
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: A discipline approach to problem solving with structured techniques and representation of algorithms using pseudo code and graphical tools. Discussion of methods for testing, evaluation, and documentation. COSC 1309 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015107


COSC 1330 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, RLC

Computer Programming
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite Required: College level ready in Mathematics and Reading.
Course Description: Introduction to computer programming in various programming languaes. Emphasis on the fundamentals of structured design, development, testing, implementation and documentation. Includes coverage of language syntax, data and file structures, input/output devices, and disks/files. COSC 1330 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015207


COSC 1430 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, RLC

Computer Programming
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite Required: College level ready in Mathematics and Reading.
Course Description: Introduction to computer programming in various programming languages. Emphasis on the fundamentals of structured design, development, testing, implementation, and documentation. Includes coverage of language syntax, data and file structures, input/output devices, and disks/files. COSC 1430 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015207


COSC 1436 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Programming Fundamentals I
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite Required: College level ready in Reading.
Course Description: This course introduces the fundamental concepts of structured programming, and provides a comprehensive introduction to programming for computer science and technology majors. Topics include software development methodology, data types, control structures, functions, arrays, and the mechanics of running, testing, and debugging. This course may use instructional examples and assignments form various programming languages including but not limited to C, Objective-C, C++, and/or Java. This course assumes computer literacy. (This course is included in the Field of Study Curriculum for Computer Science.) COSC 1436 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015507


COSC 1437 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Programming Fundamentals II
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite Required: COSC 1436 and college-level algebra or higher.
Course Description: This course focuses on the object-oriented programming paradigm, emphasizing the definition and use of classes along with fundamentals of object-oriented design. The course includes basic analysis of algorithms, searching and sorting techniques, and an introduction to software engineering processes. Students will apply techniques for testing and debugging software. This course may use instructional examples and assignments form various programming languages including but not limited to C, Objective-C, C++, and/or Java. (This course is included in the Field of Study Curriculum for Computer Science.) COSC 1437 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015607


COSC 2330 (3 Credit Hours) New course added April 11, 2016
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC, ECC, MVC

Advanced Structured Languages
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COSC 1430 or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
Course Description: Further applications of programming techniques. Topics may include file access methods, data structures and modular programming, program testing and documentation, and other topics not normally covered in an introductory computer programming course. COSC 2330 will satisfy the Associate of Science degree general elective requirement. This course will fulfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015307.


COSC 2425 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC, ECC, NLC

Computer Organization
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite Required: COSC 1436.
Course Description: The organization of computer systems is introduced using assembly language. Topics include basic concepts of computer architecture and organization, memory hierarchy, data types, computer arithmetic, control structures, interrupt handling, instruction sets, performance metrics, and the mechanics of testing and debugging computer systems. Embedded systems and device interfacing are introduced. (This course is included in the Field of Study Curriculum for Computer Science.) COSC 2425 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fullfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015407


COSC 2436 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Programming Fundamentals III
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite Required: COSC 1437.
Course Description: Further applications of programming techniques, introducing the fundamental concepts of data structures and algorithms. Topics include recursion, fundamental data structures (including stacks, queues, linked lists, hash tables, trees, and graphs), and algorithmic analysis. This course may use instructional examples and assignments from various programming languages, including but not limited to C, Objective-C, C++, C#, and/or Java. COSC 2436 will satisfy the Associate in Sciences degree general elective requirement. This course will fulfill degree requirements established by the colleges of DCCCD only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015707



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.