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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Programming Fundamentals
Module Code CA177
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Stephen Blott
Semester 2: Stephen Blott
Autumn: Stephen Blott
Module TeachersStephen Blott
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination
Resits will be available for both the continuous assessment and the written exam.

This is an introduction to computer programming. Students will learn to write simple computer programs, including variables, basic flow control, basic types (including strings).

Learning Outcomes

1. write, debug and run simple computer programs.
2. use basic computer programming types (integers, floating-point numbers, Booleans and strings) appropriately in simple computer programs.
3. use basic flow-control constructs (conditionals and loops) in simple computer programs.
4. design algorithms for solving simple computational problems.
5. estimate the complexity of simple computer programs.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory24Weekly lab 1. This will include a brief presentation, discussion and then laboratory tasks.
Laboratory24Weekly lab 2. This will include a brief presentation, discussion and then laboratory tasks.
Independent Study24Studying course materials.
Independent Study53Independent learning and lab-exam/exam preparation.
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

Integers, floating-point values, Booleans, strings

Variables and expressions
Variables and expressions

Flow control
Conditionals and loops

Numeric and string algorithms

Understanding the computational cost of loops, nested loops, etc.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Practical/skills evaluationLab exam 1.10%Week 4
Practical/skills evaluationLab Exam 2.20%Week 8
Practical/skills evaluationLab exam 3.20%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

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