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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5681M Programming

15 creditsClass Size: 250

Module manager: Dr. Marco Califano

Taught: 1 Jan to 30 Jun View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2020-21. In particular, if conditions allow for alternative formats of delivery, we may amend the timetable and schedule appropriate classes in addition to (or in place of) the Online Learning Workshops. For Semester 2 (from January 2021), we anticipate that this will be most likely, in which case online teaching will be substituted for traditional face-to-face teaching methods, including lectures and practical classes. ‘Independent online learning’ will involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or remote/virtual laboratory work, etc. Students will be expected to fully engage with all of these activities. The time commitment for independent online learning, and also the frequency and duration of Online Learning Workshops, are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.


The aim of this module is to develop competency in computer programming, using both Matlab and C.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Understand and be able to apply basic principles of program design.
2. Be able to use flowcharts and pseudocode as program design tools.
3. Be competent in the use of the Matlab interface and tools.
4. Be able to write Matlab scripts to accomplish specific numerical tasks.
5. Be familiar with the main syntax of the C language.
6. Be able to write C programs to accomplish specific engineering tasks.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Matlab: introduction to Matlab
Matlab commands & built-in functions
Introduction to programming – basic program structures, generic program constructs and logic
Flowcharts and pseudocode
Programming in Matlab
Introduction to C: C-variable types, program constructs, input-output instructions, arrays, functions
Program design, debugging and testing

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning52.0010.00
Independent online learning hours48.00
Private study hours92.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study includes preparation and work on Matlab and c-programming exercises. This work involves both private study and independent learning.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback will be provided via the in-course assignments.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 125.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 225.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 325.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 425.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 01/02/2021 11:32:42


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