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QC1001: PROGRAMMING FOR SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING (2020-2021)

Last modified: 23 Oct 2020 16:40


Course Overview

This course will be delivered in two halves. The first half will provide a self-contained introduction to computer programmining. It will be accessible to all undergraduates. Students will be exposed to the basic principles of computer programming, e.g. fundamental programming techniques, concepts, algorithms and data structures. The course contains lectures where the principles are systematically developed. As the course does not presuppose knowledge of these principles, we start from basic intuitions. The second half will be particularly of use to those studying Science and Engineering subjects, broadly interpreted, as well as Computing and IT specialists. It will include a gentle introduction to professional issues and security concepts.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Robert Duncan

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will be delivered in two halves. The first will provide a self-contained introduction to computer programming. It assumes no prior knowledge of computers or programming. It will cover the basic principles of computer programming consisting of topics such as the following:

  • How to write and run your first program
  • Built-in types of data
  • Fundamental programming concepts including variables and scope, conditional statements, and iteration
  • Arrays
  • Programs that take inputs, and that generate outputs
  • How to structure and debug code

The second half will build on the first. It is particularly designed to be of use to those studying Science and Engineering subjects, broadly interpreted, as well as Computing Science and IT specialists. The second half of the course will, for example, provide:

  • Knowledge and understanding of further basic programming concepts: scope, functions, recursion, modular programming, important and invoking code from within other code
  • Knowledge and understanding of floating-point numbers, and libraries for scientific computing
  • Skill in deploying the above concepts in practice
  • A brief introduction to professional issues and professional institutions in computing
  • A brief introduction to security issues in computing

There will be weekly practical sessions and exercises to work with the concepts.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

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