Module Provider: Computer Science
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Julian Kunkel

Email: j.m.kunkel@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module introduces students to procedural computer programming.

This module aims to introduce student to procedural computer programming. The C and C++ family of programming languages will be used for examples and practical work. Programming will be undertaken using both the Windows and UNIX/LINUX operating systems and a variety of editors and environments. By the end of the module students should be able to write moderately complex programs in both C and C++.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Recognise and describe programming constructs in C and C++

  • Explain and demonstrate how to compile, link and run programs with and without integrated development environments

  • Compare the use of Windows and  UNIX for programming

  • Explain and demonstrate how to edit, test and debug programs

  • Analyse easy  problems and design and implement an algorithm to solve them

  • Describe how code is executed by a computer

  • Predict what a segment of code will produce (tracing)

  • Critically evaluate programming solutions

Additional outcomes:

Problem solving skills; generic programming concepts; use of compilers and linkers; use of modern integrated programming environment; Word processing.

Outline content:

  1. Computing Concepts, Introduction to  Programming and Structured Program Development

  2. The C programming language; Program Control; Types and Operators; Functions; Arrays and Pointers; Characters and Strings; Formatted Input/Output; Structures, Unions, and Enumerations; File Processing; Data Structures

  3. Introduction to object-oriented programming; Encapsulation; Inheritance; Polymorphism

  4. The C++ programming language; Classes; Inheritance; Operator Overloading; Templates; Advanced Topics

  5. Using UNIX and Windows operating systems; Compilers, Linkers, Debuggers and Integrated Development Environments; typical computer organization

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

During the Autumn and Spring term each week will follow a pattern similar to this:

  • Lectures

  • Practical work and quizzes

  • Additional tutorials for beginners

  • Additional challenges for those with programming experience

During the Spring term students will undertake an extended piece of practical work. Students will attend either 10 or 20 hours of practical classes and workshops during the Autumn Term and Spring Term.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 20 3
Practicals classes and workshops 20 20
Guided independent study: 55 55 7
Total hours by term 95 95 10
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 30
Practical skills assessment 70

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One 1.5-hour examination paper in May/June.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Students will be provided with feedback throughout practical classes.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    30% of practical skills assessment; 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    One examination paper of 1.5 hours duration in August/September - the resit module mark will be the higher of the exam mark (100% exam) and the exam mark plus previous coursework marks (30% exam, 70% coursework).

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 2 September 2019


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