CE151-4-AU-CO:
Introduction to Programming

The details
2024/25
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
15
21 June 2024

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

CE225, CE246

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Module description

This module will provide an introduction to the basic principles and concepts that underpin procedural programming. It will make use of a high level programming language (i.e. Python) supporting control, data and procedural abstraction. Students will also learn to analyse simple programs, incorporate standard control structures, write functions, arrays structures and I/O, as well as debugging simple programmes.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:



  • To provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts of computer programming, exemplified using Python from the command line and IDEs.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of 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

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

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Lectures.
  • Laboratories.

Bibliography*

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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Progress Test (In person, MCQ Moodle Test, Closed Book)     40% 
Coursework   Weekly Moodle Programming Exercises (In Person)     60% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during January 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
30% 70%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
30% 70%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sanderson
School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770

 

Availability
No
No
Yes

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 219 hours, 90 (41.1%) hours available to students:
129 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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