Undergraduate Course: Computer Programming Skills and Concepts 1 (INFR08007)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Informatics
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This Semester 1 course introduces basic skills required to develop computer programs using modern computer systems, assuming little or no previous experience. It also introduces fundamental concepts of program construction in a suitable high-level programming language. The course has a significant practical component requiring students to construct small programs.
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|1 - Students will be able to make effective use of a modern computer system for organising data, communicating, accessing resources worldwide and problem solving.
2 - They will know the larger part of a high-level programming language (currently C) and be able to express themselves effectively within that language.
3 - They will have developed problem solving skills: the ability to analyse a modest-scale computational problem, develop a solution at the level of a high-level program design, and implement that design in a programming language.
4 - They will understand some of the basic principles underlying the discipline of computer science, and gain an appreciation of alternative approaches to the particular one (based on an imperative programming language) explored in this course.
|Written Examination 75|
Assessed Assignments 25
Oral Presentations 0
Four practical exercises spread over the semester. These will often be based around a problem whose solution involves designing and coding a program (in the C language).
If delivered in semester 1, this course will have an option for semester 1 only visiting undergraduate students, providing assessment prior to the end of the calendar year.
||*Introduction Elements of a modern computer system and computing environment. UNIX, its file system and programming utilities.
*Program design and development Specification, problem decomposition. Reasoning about and testing programs.
*Programming in ANSI C Expressions, types, variables, assignment, conditionals, iteration, arrays, strings, files, functions.
*Structured programming Functional and procedural abstraction, headers and libraries, names and scope.
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Programming Fundamentals, Data Structures and Algorithms, Comparative Programming Languages
||See the course web page.
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 40
Private Study/Other 122
|Course organiser||Dr Mary Cryan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5153
|Course secretary||Ms Kirsten Belk
Tel: (0131 6)50 5194