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G64ICP Introduction to Computer Programming
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  09/10

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students on the MSc in IT/MSc in the Management of IT conversion courses

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Must be registered for a taught postgraduate programme.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  A comprehensive overview of the principles of programming will be provided including such concepts as procedural logic, variables, flow control, input and output and the analysis and design of programs.Instruction will be provided in the Java programming language. Module Web Links:
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  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 11 weeks3 per week1 hour
    Computing 11 weeks1 per week2 hours

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Further Activity Details:
    Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour lab session per week. In addition to this optional support will be provided by daily "surgery" sessions, and an online discussion forum.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 50 1 hour examination 
    Coursework 1 50  Consisting of 2 separate programming assignments. 

    Dr P Blanchfield

    Education Aims:  The students will learn the fundamental programming principles and will be able to create programs according to a specification. A basic introduction to Object Oriented concepts will be provided in a commercially relevant environment.

    Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and understanding: * The students will learn the fundamentals of programming in Java, and be provided with a thorough grounding in procedural logic, flow control, simple data structures, and event driven programming. Intellectual skills: * The students will learn to understand and implement complex software specifications. Professional skills: * The students will learn to develop Java software according to client specifications, and they will learn to evaluate the task at hand and utilise the most appropriate programming methodologies. Transferable skills: * They will gain extensive experience in problem solving, and will learn to interpret technical documentation.

    Offering School:  Computer Science

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