CIS 500: Syllabus

Note that the information below applies to the CIS500 course. The syllabus for the Software Foundations area of the WPE-I can be found here.

This course introduces basic concepts and techniques in the foundational study of programming languages, as well as their formal logical underpinnings. The central theme is the view of individual programs and whole languages as mathematical objects about which precise claims may be made and proved. Particular topics include operational techniques for formal definition of language features, type systems and type safety properties, polymorphism and subtyping, and foundations of object-oriented programming.


Breakdown for the course grade is as follows:


An undergraduate-level course in programming languages or compilers; significant programming experience.


Part I: Foundations
Functional programming
Constructive logic
Inductive definitions and proof techniques
The Coq proof assistant
Part II: Basics
Operational semantics
The λ-calculus
Part III: Type systems
Simply typed λ-calculus
Type safety
Part IV: Case study
Featherweight Java


Types and Programming Languages. Benjamin C. Pierce. MIT Press, 2002.