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Undergraduate Course: Computer Programming Skills and Concepts 1 (INFR08007)

Course Outline
School School of Informatics College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits 20
Home subject area Informatics Other subject area None
Course website 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.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Informatics 1 - Computation and Logic (INFR08012) OR Informatics 1 - Data and Analysis (INFR08015) OR Informatics 1 - Functional Programming (INFR08013) OR Informatics 1 - Object-Oriented Programming (INFR08014)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
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.
Assessment Information
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.
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Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus *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
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list See the course web page.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 30
Tutorials 8
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 40
Private Study/Other 122
Total 200
Keywords Not entered
Course organiser Dr Mary Cryan
Course secretary Ms Kirsten Belk
Tel: (0131 6)50 5194
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