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Unit information: Programming in C in 2021/22

Unit name Programming in C
Unit code COMSM1201
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Campbell
Open unit status Not open



COMS1302 Overview of Computer Architecture

School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to introduce you to the basic principles of software engineering. Successful completion of this unit will enable you to program competently and apply good software engineering techniques, implement a set of standard algorithms, ppreciate the importance of space and time complexity of algorithms, appreciate the difficulties which arise in large-scale software production.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Programme competently and apply good software engineering techniques
  2. Implement a set of standard algorithms
  3. Appreciate the importance of space and time complexity of algorithms
  4. Appreciate the difficulties which arise in large-scale software production.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

100% Coursework


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How much time the unit requires
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