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TITLE Introduction to C Programming

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION This is a study-unit in imperative programming. The chosen language is C as it is one of the mostly used imperative programming languages. An emphasis is given to structured programming and to the techniques of how to design, develop and maintain software. This study-unit is divided in two parts. During the first part of this study-unit students are expected to learn the syntax and programming structures of the language.

The topics to be covered include console input/output, data types, variables, mathematical operators, decision and branching statements, iteration statements, arrays, string handling, structures, unions, enumerations, functions, random numbers, pointers (including dynamic memory allocation) and file handling. In the second part of this study-unit students are expected to learn how to use the C programming language to create dynamic data structures such as linked lists and solve real world problems.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to teach students good programming techniques and a very good insight to the C programming language and problem solving techniques.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to code and understand programs written in the C programming language. The students shall also be able to work with and learn on their own other imperative programing languages as during this study students shall not only learn how to program in the C programming language but also programming techniques in general.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to develop programs to solve real world problems. Given a case study students should be able to design and implement a program or helper tools as a solution to the given case study.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Full notes will be provided by the lecturer.

Suggested textbook:

- P.J. Deitel & H.M. Deitel. "C How to Program", 7th edition, Prentice Hall, 2012.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 40%
Computer-based Examination (2 Hours) Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Matthew Xuereb

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