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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Introduction to Programming
Module Code CA146
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Liang Xu
Semester 2: Liang Xu
Autumn: Liang Xu
Module TeachersLiang Xu
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to basic programming concepts.

Learning Outcomes

1. Write programs that use control statements to coordinate problem solving
2. Select a data structure suitable for solving a given problem
3. Decompose a problem's solution into functions
4. Implement algorithms in terms of data structures and functions
5. Use a debugger to trace program control flow and inspect data values

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12Classroom lecture
Laboratory24Computer labs
Independent Study89Independent learning
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

Program structure, variables, fundamental data types, simple I/O

Control statements
if statements, for loops, while loops

One and two dimensional arrays, sorting arrays, searching arrays

Writing functions, calling functions, returning values from functions

Using a debugger to trace program control flow and inspect data values

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Practical/skills evaluationLab test: writing a simple program using the selected programming environment (Python3, Termcast, and Einstein)5%Week 2
Practical/skills evaluationLab exam: up to control statements.25%Week 4
Loop QuizClass activity: problem-solving5%Week 6
Practical/skills evaluationLab exam: program writing that covers problems related to strings, lists (arrays), searching, and sorting algorithms25%Week 8
Practical/skills evaluationPair programming: Students will solve problems related to their field of study in a group of two to three members. This is a home take and an open-book assignment. Assessment to be released before two weeks.35%Week 12
Reflective journalStudents reflect on their journey of learning programming focusing on individual and group programming tasks.5%Sem 1 End
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

  • Gaddis, Tony: 0, Starting out with Python, 1-9, Pearson, 0133582736
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
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PGEPhysics General Entry
Date of Last Revision19-FEB-09

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