Introduction to Programming

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus & Apprenticeship Location
Autumn Special
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 04 October 2018
Friday 14 December 2018


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BENGH610DA Electronic Engineering,
BSC YHG1 Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer)

Module description

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts of computer programming.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and concepts that underlie the procedural programming model.
2. Explain and make use of high-level programming language features that support control, data and procedural abstraction.
3. Analyse and explain the behaviour of simple programs that incorporate standard control structures, parameterised functions, arrays, structures and I/O.
4. Implement, test and debug simple programs that use the features listed above.

Outline Syllabus

Underlying principles of procedural programming

-The imperative programming model; state, sequentiality and destructive assignment.

-Abstraction: separating internal and external views; control, data and procedural abstraction.

-A model of memory: variables; static and dynamic memory; the execution stack

Programming in a high-level procedural language

Identifiers and keywords

Expressions and types: well-typed expressions; operator precedence and expression evaluation

Statements and control flow: simple, compound and control statements; the assignment statement; selection and repetition

Functions: definition, and call; local variables, scope and existence; parameters, formal and actual parameters, parameter passing

Lists and dictionaries: declaration and initialisation; accessing elements
Input and output: console and file I/O

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

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Module information


Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and Laboratories


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Progress Test    20% 
Coursework   Assignment 1: Python Programming Exercises    40% 
Coursework   Assignment 2: Python Programming    40% 
Exam  120 minutes during January (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Giovanni Stracquadanio, email: g.stracquadanio@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Giovanni Stracquadanio
School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 199 hours, 22 (11.1%) hours available to students:
177 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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