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Unit information: Programming Languages and Computation in 2021/22

Unit name Programming Languages and Computation
Unit code COMS20007
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Steven Ramsay
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

COMS10016 Imperative and Functional Programming

COMS10014 Mathematics for Computer Science A

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is an introduction to mathematical models of computation in general and the design and implementation of programming languages in particular.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and reason about computations precisely.
  2. Argue about the limitations of certain models of computation.
  3. Understand the interplay between the design and implementation of programming languages.

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

Exam (January, 100%)

Resources

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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