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Unit information: Imperative Programming in 2019/20

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Unit name Imperative Programming
Unit code COMS10008
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Holyer
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit provides an introduction to imperative programming, assuming no prior exposure to the paradigm. The aim is to introduce the notion of state and sequential operations. Important principles include recursion and iteration, assignment, and an understanding of the stack and heap.

Intended learning outcomes

Students should be able to understand and produce programs in an imperative programming language.

They should also be able to identify the key features of such languages.

Teaching details

Lectures, supported by lab sessions.

Up to 4 hours per week: 2 hours of lectures, 2 hours labs.

Assessment Details

Coursework: 100%

Reading and References

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