Intro to Programming with C

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
03 July 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BENGG420 Computer Networks,
BENGG421 Computer Networks (Including Year Abroad),
BENGI120 Computer Networks (Including Placement Year),
BENGH650 Computer Systems Engineering,
BENGH651 Computer Systems Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGHP50 Computer Systems Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BENGGH46 Computers with Electronics (Including Foundation Year),
BENGGH4P Computers with Electronics,
BENGGH4Q Computers with Electronics (Including Year Abroad),
BENGI1H6 Computers with Electronics (Including Placement Year),
BENGH610 Electronic Engineering,
BENGH611 Electronic Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH61P Electronic Engineering (Including Foundation Year),
BENGHP10 Electronic Engineering (Including Placement Year),
MENGH613 Electronic Engineering,
MENGH614 Electronic Engineering (Integrated Masters, Including Placement Year),
BENGH615 Robotic Engineering,
BENGH616 Robotic Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH617 Robotic Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BSC GH01 Computing and Electronics,
BSC GH02 Computing and Electronics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC GH03 Computing and Electronics (Including Placement Year),
BSC H631 Electronics,
BSC H632 Electronics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC H633 Electronics (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module will provide an introduction to fundamental concepts of computer programming in the C language, which is particularly relevant to programming embedded systems and for electronic engineers.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts of computer programming in the C language, which is particularly relevant to programming embedded systems.

Module 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.

Module information


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

Learning and teaching methods

20 hours of lectures, 20 hours of laboratory, 2 hours revision lectures


  • King, K. N. (2008) C programming: a modern approach, London: W. W. Norton.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Progress Test - Week 6 20%
Coursework Assignment 1 13/11/2019 40%
Coursework Assignment 2 09/12/2019 40%
Exam 120 minutes during January (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Andrei Majidian



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 67 hours, 20 (29.9%) hours available to students:
47 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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