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Course Overview

Students will be exposed to the basic principles of computer programming, e.g. fundamental programming concepts, algorithms, and maths (e.g. logic, set theory, graphs).  The course consists of lectures where the principles are systematically developed; as the course does not presuppose knowledge of these principles, we start from basic intuitions.  In addition to the lectures, there will be weekly practicals to work with the concepts.  Understanding the principles behind computer programming gives one the framework to learn new programming concepts, adapt to changing circumstances, and engage in theoretical research in Computing Science.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study Yes
  • Dr Frank Guerin

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CS1014 Foundations of Computing Science 1 (Studied)
  • CS1016 Foundations of Computing Science 1 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will cover the basic principles of computer programming consisting of topics such as the following:

  • Fundamental programming concepts including variables and scope, conditional statements, and iteration.
  • Pseudocode.
  • Fundamental algorithms including simple sorting and searching, and data structures including arrays.
  • Boolean algebra, logic, set theory and proof.
  • Relations, functions, combinatorics, graphs.

Further Information & Notes

(i) Assistive technologies may be required for any student who is unable to use a standard keyboard/mouse/computer monitor. Any students wishing to discuss this further should contact the School Disability Co-ordinator.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Computing Science
  • BSc Computing Science and Physics
  • BSc Computing Science-Mathematics
  • Bachelor Of Engineering In Engineering Electronic & Software
  • Bachelor Of Science In Business Mngmt & Information Systems
  • Bachelor Of Science In Geophysics
  • Computing Science Joint
  • Computing Science Minor
  • MA Computing
  • MA Computing and Music
  • MA Information Systems and Management
  • MSci Computing Science w Ind'l Placement
  • MSci Computing with Industrial Placement
  • Master Of Engineering In Electronic & Software Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Computing Science

Contact Teaching Time

46 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (75%); continuous assessment (25%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (75%); continuous assessment mark carried forwards (25%).

Formative Assessment

During lectures, the Personal Response System and/or other ways of student interaction will be used for formative assessment. Additionally, practical sessions will provide students with practice opportunities and formative assessment.


Formative feedback for in-course assessments will be provided in written form. Additionally, formative feedback on performance will be provided informally during practical sessions.

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