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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

Module Title Introduction to Programming
Module Code CA146
School School of Computing

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Darragh O'BrienOffice NumberL2.35
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

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
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

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