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CS 534 — Programming Languages and Types
(dt. Programmiersprachen und Typen)

Level, degree of commitment Specialization module, depends on importing study program
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement(s): Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
Examination type: Oral or written examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program M.Sc. Computer Science.
Subject, Origin Computer Science, M.Sc. Computer Science
One semester,
In der Regel jährlich im Wintersemester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. H.-Peter Gumm, Prof. Dr. Rita Loogen


Language Concepts: Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics

Lambda calculus, interpreters, evaluation strategies, continuations, fixed points and recursion, monads, operational semantics, objects and classes, type systems and type safety, universal/existential/higher-order types, domain-specific languages (DSL), Scheme, Haskell, Scala, Java.

Qualification Goals

Upon completion of this module, students will

  • know which programming language concepts exist and how to use them,
  • be able to quickly become familiar with new programming languages, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and compare them with other languages,
  • be better programmers - in any language,
  • have practised scientific working methods (recognising, formulating, solving problems, training the ability to abstract),
  • have trained oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience and in discussion.


None. Basic knowledge of programming is recommended.

Recommended Reading

  • Programming Languages: Application and Interpretation. S. Krishnamurthi, Creative Commons License, 2007
  • Types and Programming Languages. B. Pierce, MIT Press, 2002.

Please note:

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