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Course : Topics in Computational Science: Computl Methods

Course Number
CMPS 4553
Section Number
Fall 2021
Bolin Hall, 320
Days & Times
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Final Exam Day/Time
Tuesday, December 07, 2021 8:00 am

Learning Outcomes

• Understand the scientific process and the philosophy of science.

• Be exposed to basic data analysis and modeling concepts and practices.

• Apply computational techniques/algorithms to solve scientific problems.

• Perform computational approximations and understand the concept of error.

• Be exposed to the common tools and practices of working computational scientists, including R/Python and NumPy/SciPy toolkit, plotting and visualization, HPC, Weka, etc.

General Topics

• Computational Science and Natural Computing Concepts

• Python for Data Science

• Tabular Data, Data Series and Data Mining

• Network (Graph) Data

• Simulation, Randomness, Monte Carlo Method

• Plotting and Scientific Visualization

• Basic Statistics, Prediction (Regression Analysis & Machine Learning

• Optimization 

• Genetic Algorithms

• Grammatical Evolution

Course Evaluation

5-6 Projects = 25-30%.

In-Class Quizzes/Worksheets/HW = 10-15%

2 tests = 40%

1 non-comprehensive final exam = 20%

Grades may be determined according to this scale (approximate):


A 90%  100%

B 80%  89% 

C 70%  79% 

D 55%  64%

Although student attendance is not calculated into the grade, attendance will be taken each day to track students. If a student is absent from more than 2 classes without an excuse and is not performing well in class, a report will be submitted to the Dean of Students and the student may be dropped from the class.  

Late Work

Late projects will be accepted up to 4 days late with a 10 point deduction per day. No late projects for the last project will be accepted.

Makeup Work/Exams/Quizzes:

·       For planned excused absences: Exam may be taken early by prior arrangement.

·       For unplanned excused absences: Student must make up a missed exam within 4 working days.  All other missed exams will receive a zero.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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