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ELEC5681M Programming

15 creditsClass Size: 180

Module manager: Dr. Marco Califano

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with


This module is not approved as an Elective


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

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

1. Use the Matlab interface and tools, interpret Matlab syntax and write Matlab scripts to accomplish specific numerical tasks.
2. Read and write programs in the C programming language and design programs to accomplish specific engineering tasks.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours16.00
Private study hours116.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate their understanding of course materials, to undertake preparatory work for seminars, workshops, tutorials, examples classes and practical classes, and also to prepare for in-course and summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, including the use of self-test quizzes on Minerva, practice questions/worked examples and (where appropriate) through verbal interaction with teaching staff and/or post-graduate demonstrators.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online MCQ1 hr 00 mins30.00
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 00 mins30.00
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 03/05/2022 14:36:20


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