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Undergraduate Course: Programming Skills for Engineers 2 (SCEE08014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course introduces python programming, software engineering and design techniques to Engineering students. It also introduces the use of libraries like SciPy, NumPy and Matplotlib for solving equations (using appropriate numerical methods) and the use of JuPyter Lab notebooks to present calculations.
Course description Computer programmes are more often read than written, so it is critical that they are written in a way which makes it easy for the programme to be modified in the future and so that the programmer knows the code works (and fails) as designed.

This course introduces software engineering techniques which enable properly documented, easy to read code to be written. It is based around the Python 3 language (which is freely available) and will also cover the basic elements of Python programming.

This course will make use of a BlinkStick Square, a programmable USB key with eight LEDs. You will use the BlinkStick Python library to control the LEDs.

You will also learn to use the SciPy and NumPy libraries to solve equations and the Matplotlib library to plot graphs and charts.

Finally, the course will introduce you to JuPyter Lab notebooks which can be used to document and layout calculations, present results and code.

There is a Programming Competence that must be demonstrated to a lecturer or demonstrator in your timetabled laboratory class and failure to do so will result in failing the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Computational Methods for Chemical Engineers 2 (CHEE08011) AND Numerical Methods and Computing 2 (CIVE08017) AND Engineering Software 2 (ELEE08017)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 58 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%

If you fail a course you will be required to resit it. You are only required to resit components which have been failed.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Design, program, document and test reusable modules and applications in Python and use data structures such as lists, tuples, and dictionaries in Python programs;
  2. Demonstrate practical skills in using loops, decision statements and functions in Python programmes;
  3. Use external libraries to perform engineering calculations and plot graphs;
  4. Use exception handling in Python applications for error handling;
  5. Use JuPyter Lab notebooks to perform, layout and document calculations.
Reading List
Mark Summerfield (2010) Programming in Python 3: A Complete Introduction to the Python Language, 2ND edition, Addison-Wesley Professional.
Sadeep Nagar (2018) Introduction to Python for Engineers and Scientists: Open Source Solutions for Numerical Computation, Apress, 978-1-4842-3203-3
Jody Scott Ginther (2010) Start Here: Python 3X Programming, Alien Cat Studios.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsComputer Programming,Python,Software Engineering,Numerical Methods
Course organiserProf David Ingram
Tel: (0131 6)51 9022
Course secretaryMiss Mhairi Sime
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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