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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Advanced Programming
Module Code CA247
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: John McKenna
Semester 2: John McKenna
Autumn: John McKenna
Module TeachersJohn McKenna
Qun Liu
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

To introduce the student to more advanced programming concepts and their implementation in C. To introduce very simple algorithms. To show how simple systems can be implemented in C.

Learning Outcomes

1. Design solutions to problems using a top-down approach
2. Implement solutions to problems using the advanced features of the C programming language.
3. Apply problem-solving techniques to novel problems
4. Design and implement simple systems.
5. investigate online and other available resources to ascertain the most appropriate software library to use in a given situation.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Laboratory12Students will have time in a practical environment to work on problems presented in lectures
Assignment Completion24No Description
Independent Study65Time in which the student can expand their knowledge of the topics encountered during this module.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Memory Management
Why use memory management? Introduction to pointers. Using pointers effectively. Pointers and arrays, including one and two-demensional arrays.

Advanced Functions
Passing parameters revisited. pass-by-value, and pass-by-reference returning data from functions. using pointers with functions.

Simple Algorithms
Introduction to recursion. Searching through arrays. Sorting arrays (e.g. SelectionSort, Insertion sort, Quicksort).

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentStudents are required to cary out an individual assignment.25%Week 5
In Class TestThis is a laboratory based exam which will prepare students for the formal end-of-semester examination.25%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Steve Oualline: 1997, Practical C Programming (A Nutshell handbook),
  • Peter Prinz and Ulla Prinz: 2002, C Pocket Reference,
  • Mike McGrath: 2009, C Programming in Easy Steps,
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Date of Last Revision18-DEC-08

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