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2014/15 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

COMP1036 Computer Programming

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Kia Ng

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2014/15

This module is mutually exclusive with

COMP1550Core Programming

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

- Want to really get to grips with computing? - Need to go beyond what 'users' can do? This module will show you how to get a computer to do what you need.You will learn:- how to design and implement programs including examples of programs to process your experiment results or survey responses- to use a programming language efficiently and effectively- about finding and eliminating bugs.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- show awareness of concepts fundamental to programming;
- analyse a problem and identify appropriate algorithms to solve the problem;
- read, understand and modify programs written by others;
- write small programs using an appropriate style, commenting and documentation;
- make appropriate use of standard and third-party libraries;
- apply a systematic approach to debugging and testing programs.


- The computer as a problem-solving device; capabilities and limitations of a computer, algorithms as recipes for solving a problem.
- Concept of a programming language; compilation and interpretation, introduction to an appropriate language and environment.
- Elements of a program; expressions, statements, selection, iteration. Use of libraries; standard and third-party libraries, modular design, functions.
- Debugging.
- Testing.
- Importance of good coding style.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning103.0030.00
Drop-in Session112.0022.00
Class tests, exams and assessment31.003.00
Private study hours45.00
Total Contact hours55.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Self-directed study: 33 hours
Assessment activities: 23 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

VLE, attendance lists at drop-in sessions and VLE-based formative coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment3 simple programmes30.00
Assignment4 programmes using more advanced features30.00
AssignmentFinal application40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

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Last updated: 28/04/2015


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