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Undergraduate Course: Computer Programming Skills and Concepts (INFR08022)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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, name and scope.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Informatics 1 - Object-Oriented Programming (INFR08014)
Other requirements Students who are studying for an Honours degree within the School of Informatics may not register for this course.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students are required to have comparable background to that assumed by the course prerequisites listed in the Degree Regulations & Programmes of Study. If in doubt, consult the course organiser (lecturer).
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 142 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 10 %, Practical Exam 90 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative assessment will be used to provide feedback and guidance to students and will take the form of exercise sheets, practical programming exercises and coursework assignments, covering areas from across the syllabus. The goal will be to lead the students to become independent programmers.

One of the coursework assignments will be for summative assessment: this will be due mid-semester and will be worth 10% of the final mark.

You should expect to spend approximately 12 hours on the coursework for this course.

The exam will be a computer-based 3-hour exam.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students should become familiar with a large part of the C programming language.
  2. They should have developed the problem-solving and technical skills to analyse small-scale computational problems, and to subsequently design, encode and debug C programs to solve such problems.
  3. They will understand some of the basic principles underlying the discipline of computer science, and gain some appreciation of different styles of programming to the imperative style explored in this course.
Reading List
A Book on C 4th Edition, by Kelley and Pohl.
The C Programming Language, B.Kernighan & D.Ricthie, Prentice Hall
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Course organiserDr Julian Bradfield
Tel: (0131 6)50 5998
Course secretaryMr Rob Armitage
Tel: (0131 6)50 5194
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