2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PHYS1220 Computing 1- Fundamentals of Programming
10 creditsClass Size: 250
Module manager: Dr Ben Hanson
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualifications'A' Level Physics and Maths or equivalent
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesTo introduce the student to the Python computer programming language which is important in both academic research and industry.
Manipulate numerical and other quantitative information, and apply manipulative skills to the solution of problems.
How to use the Python programming language.
Students will be introduced to computer programming as a general concept, the concepts of scalar numeric, Boolean and string data types, and the use of variables to store data. The Python collection data types – lists, dictionaries and arrays for storing sequences of data will be introduced. The use of common programming statements and constructions – conditional statements, loops and the calling of pre-defined functions will be taught. A very basic introduction to exception handling in Python will be covered. Input and output statements to both console and file will be introduced. Students will be given an introduction to writing functions and storing functions in modules for reuse. The commonly used NumPy, SciPy and Matplotlib libraries will be briefly introduced and students will be shown how to generate simple x-y plots.
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private studyPrivate study consists of: Watching video tutorials and reading slides, working on practical exercises and project work.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackRegular homeworks
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|Online Mid-Term Assessment
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|% of formal assessment
|Online Time-Limited assessment
|2 hr 00 mins
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)
Students will have to complete an online assessment at the end of the module. This will take place during the examinations period at the end of the semester and will be time bound. Students must submit a serious attempt at all assessments, in order to pass the module.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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