CCOM 4029-001 - High Level Languages - Spring 2023

University of Puerto Rico
Rio Piedras Campus
College of Natural Sciences
Department of Computer Science


Field Value
Name Humberto Ortiz-Zuazaga
Office NCL A-159
Laboratory NCL A-158
Telephone 787-764-0000 x88363
Web page
Office hours online by appointment


3 credits


In this course fundamental aspects of high-level programming languages, including data objects, operations, sequence control, data control, storage management, syntax, and semantics are presented. Also, the students are exposed to different language paradigms, E.G. imperative, parallel, functional, rule based (logic), and object-oriented languages. The course gives hands-on experience and allows students to develop moderate-level programs in various programming languages, one for each paradigm.


CCOM 3034 - Data Structures


  • Introduction to programming languges
  • Syntax and semantics
  • lexical and syntactical analysis
  • variables, data types, expressions
  • subprograms
  • object oriented programming
  • functional programming
  • logical programming
  • concurency


  1. Understand the syntax and semantics of at least three programming languages.
  2. Understand how languages are designed and implemented.
  3. Recognize the models of language design (imperative, applicative, ruled-based, and object oriented) and their common characteristics.
  4. Evaluate which programming language is more suitable for solving specific problems.
  5. Write programs on at least three of the programming languages representing the different models of language design.
  6. Address the issue that knowing a language is more than knowing its syntax.
  7. Understand the role of computer hardware in implementing language semantics.
  8. The student will study independently a seminal or current research paper.
  9. Prepare an oral presentation about a high level programming language.

Course Schedule

Class will meet Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:20 AM in NCL A-141.

Contingency Plan

The course will be taught in face to face mode, however given the emergency circumstances related to COVID-19, or other emergency situation that might arise, the course will be switched to distance mode assisted by technology.


Date Topic Reading Assignment
Jan Introduction to languages
Feb Javascript Software Design by Example Tarea 1
Mar Racket How to Design Programs
Apr Interpreters Programming Languges and Interpretation Tarea 4
May Presentations Presentaciones

Alternative Teaching Methods

Certification No. 112 (2014-2015) of the Governing Board defines a classroom course as a course in which 75% or more of the hours of instruction require the physical presence of the students and the teacher in the classroom. This means that 25% of a classroom course could be offered without requiring the physical presence of the students and the teacher in the classroom. If necessary, this course will be able to complete up to 25% of the contact hours (11.25 hours) on a non-face-to-face basis by alternative methods such as: videoconferences, instructional modules, discussion forums and others. If so, the calendar/agenda will be modified to include the topics that will be covered by alternative methods.

Instructional strategies

The professor will discuss each topic, students will complete a practical excercise for each programming technique discussed in class.

Instructional resources

The course will be hosted on the UPRRP Moodle. Register and stay tuned for our polls and forum postings.


As described in the calendar, we will be using at least 3 texts for this course: Software Design by Example, How to Design Programs, Programming Languges and Interpretation.


We will use node and racket. You can obtain both in your package manager, or using the recommended sites: and Both languages are cross-platform and should run on almost anything.


Students work will be evaluated on a 100% basis with the standard curve.

  • Participation in course forums (online, classroom), 33% final grade
  • Homework, 34% final grade
  • Quizzes, 33% final grade


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  1. Abelson, H., & Sussman, G. J. (1996). Structure and interpretation of computer programs (p. 688). The MIT Pres.