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CSC 310: Advanced CS topics: 3 hours


CSC310 will examine What big data is, How to work with a progression of tools starting with Python and SQL and ending with Hadoop and Spark. We will study ethical issues impacting the world via big data and the impact it can have on us as Christians.

Goals for CSC 310 are:

To understand how to harness and use Python for the purposes of data wrangling, visualization, hypothesis testing and clustering. We will also engage with Hadoop to study large scale analysis and filtering.

Course outcomes for CSC 310 are:

  • Students will start their foundation of understanding as it relates to Data Science.
  • They will understand how to utilize and develop tool sets.
  • They will learn how to extract, analyze and present data
  1. They will develop a strong working knowledge of Python
  2. They will develop an understanding of large scale framework based analysis with Spark
  3. They will develop a basis of ethical understanding revolving around the user of big data in the real world

Program outcomes for CSC 310 are:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  3. Learn new areas of technology


  1. Self-learning at the application level by requiring students to learn one component of the topic on their own (with little assistance from the instructor)
  2. Note taking at that master level by
    • not posting lecture slides,
    • requiring students to track all requirements themselves
    • having exam questions based on specifics in the lectures and presentations given by other students.
    • Technical writing at the mastery level by requiring to write a technical report of a project for the class in a quality manner. Advanced discussion on things such as a theme, transitions, use of diagrams, focus, and other items should be covered in class and graded on.
  3. Security at an application level by covering at least two separate security issues associated with the topic of the course.
  4. Ethics at an application level by covering at least two separate ethical issues associated with the topic of the course.
  5. Verbal communications at the application level by requiring students to present their projects and/or supplementary material to the class.


Course Content


  * Covid related polices, etc
  * Integrity
  * Late work 
  * Software Standards
  * Software Development Report



  • Homework and quizzes
  • Programs
  • Exams
  • Grade scale
    • 93% <= average <= 100% -> A
    • 90% <= average < 93% -> A-
    • 87% <= average < 90% -> B+
    • 83% <= average < 87% -> B
    • 80% <= average < 83% -> B-
    • 77% <= average < 80% -> C+
    • 73% <= average < 77% -> C
    • 70% <= average < 73% -> C-
    • 67% <= average < 70% -> D+
    • 63% <= average < 67% -> D
    • 60% <= average < 63% -> D-
    • 0% <= average < 60% -> F

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday Thursday
Jan 12: Introduction & Skillset assessment to be used to gauge level of understanding in addition to prepared questions to allow students to have opportunity to explain concepts in depth.
Jan 14:1st ethics discussion & (if needed from skills assessment)
Jan 19: Python Fundamentals (Jupyter - Control Statements - Functions) & if needed
Jan 21: Ethics Case follow up discussion and Fundamentals Quiz
Jan 26: Cont'd fundamentals (cont'd library analysis & data wrangling)
Jan 28: Independent work
Feb 2: Sequences, Lists and Tuples
Feb 4: 2nd ethics discussion (readings 4-7 see table of contents at )
Feb 9: Sequences, Lists and Tuples
Feb 11: 2nd ethics discussion (readings 4-7 see table of contents at )
Feb 16: Dictionaries & Sets
Feb 18: Ethics Discussion & Advanced Python Quiz (guest speaker if possible)
Feb 23: Independent work and study Feb 25: Midterm
Mar 2
Spring Break
Mar 4: 3rd ethics discussion (readings 9-11 see table of contents at >br> )
Mar 9: Array Oriented Programming & Numpy
Mar 11: Oriented Programming Quiz + possible second guest speaker
Mar 16: Deep dive into Strings
Mar 18: 4th ethics discussion (readings 12-15 at )
Mar 23: Files & Exceptions
Mar 25: OOP quiz + time held to fill out knowledge gaps
Mar 30: Object Oriented Programming
Apr 1
Easter Break
Apr 6: Natural Language Programming
Apr 8: 5th ethics discussion readings 16-18
Apr 13: Hadoop & Spark intro
Apr 15: cont’d time on Hadoop, Spark basics quiz + possible Hadoop speaker
Apr 20 Hadoop & Spark cont’d
Apr 22: cont’d time on Spark
Apr 27
Final Week:
Apr 29


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