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Course Catalog » COBOL Programming Curriculum » COBOL Programming Series

COBOL Programming - Basics

6 hours



The COBOL Programming Basics course introduces the COBOL language and its basic structure. It describes the syntax and use of program logic statements in the procedure division of a COBOL program. It examines the standard loop and conditional statements, and the available arithmetic operations. It also describes the use of basic screen and printing statements.


Entry-level Programmers requiring an overview of the COBOL language structure and basic programming techniques.


Basic knowledge of programming, databases, files, and transactional systems.


After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the four COBOL program divisions and describe their purpose
  • Describe the code that can be used in the Procedure Division
  • Construct conditions to execute procedures within a COBOL program
  • Describe how the Move statement is used to copy data
  • Identify the types of arithmetic operations that can be performed within COBOL
  • Use COBOL features to accept keyboard input and display screen output

Course Content

Introduction to COBOL

The History of COBOL

The Four Program Divisions

Basic Syntax

Program Structure

Traditional COBOL Program Structure

Paragraphs and Sections

Program Control

Program Control Verbs

Conditions and Conditional Execution

Statements & Procedures

Move Statement

Data Editing


Arithmetic Statements ADD, SUBTRACT, MULTIPLY, and DIVIDE

Compute and More Complex Formulae

Interactive Input and Output

Screen Dialog, DISPLAY, and ACCEPT

Time and Date Input Using ACCEPT

COBOL Programming - Basics Mastery Test

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