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Implementation of Programming Languages - COM00013I

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jeremy Jacob
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

The theory & practice of translating a human-oriented programming language into a machine-oriented programming language.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Use appropriate tools to construct lexers and parsers as part of analysis.
  • Implement checkers for simple type systems.
  • Use and generate operational semantics for simple languages
  • Generate a translation from a high-level notation a low-level notation
  • Extend generation with optimising stages

Academic and graduate skills

  • Analysing and solving problems


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Implementation of Programming Languages (IMPL)
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Implementation of Programming Languages (IMPL)
N/A 100

Module feedback

There will be two opportunities to get formative feedback on examination style questions.

Indicative reading

**** Aarne Ranta, Implementing Programming Languages, College Publications, 2012.

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