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Administrative Unit: Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CISS 236
Course Title: COBOL Programming
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

COBOL syntax and semantics, data structures including record processing using sequential, indexed, and relative files; sorting and merging files, and other language features. Prerequisites: MATH 150 and CISS 170, CISS 171, or CISS 176

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

MATH 150 and CISS 170, CISS 171, or CISS 176.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Occasional Offering. 

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

COBOL for the 21st Century
By Stern, N. et. al. (Wiley)
Murach’s Mainframe COBOL
By Murach, M. et. al. (Mike Murach & Associates)
COBOL: From Micro to Mainframe: Fujitsu Version
By Graur, R. T., et. al. (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives
  • To test COBOL program using appropriate techniques.
  • To process single and multilevel tables.
  • To utilize file processing techniques.
  • To write subprograms.
  • To support screen I/O.
  • To process sequential and indexed files.
Measurable Learning
  • Utilize the identification, procedure, environment, and data divisions.
  • Employ data validation techniques.
  • Utilize screen input and output.
  • Process tables containing up to three levels.
  • Utilize, sort and merge statements.
  • Employ control breaks.
  • Process sequential indexed files.
Topical Outline:
  • COBOL syntax, semantics, and execution
  • Data validation
  • Input, output, and control-break
  • Tables and table processing
  • Files: sequential, indexed, and relative
  • File processing
  • Sorting and merging
  • COBOL report writer

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Suzanne Tourville Date: October 31, 2014
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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