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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: CISS 170 and MATH 150.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): CISS 170 and MATH 150.
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)
Course Objectives
  • To decompose and map problems onto COBOL syntactical constructs.
  • 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
    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

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    Prepared by: Suzanne Tourville Date: April 14, 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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