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C Programming for MSc - ELE00107M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Stephen Smith
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

An introduction to designing, writing and testing computer programs using the C Programming language.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To develop the concepts of software design and the techniques of computer programming
  • To study the C Programming language as a practical tool for software implementation


Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop the ability to express algorithms in individual steps, and encode these steps in a programming language: Variables, assignments, expressions, statements, equality, inequality and logical operators, conditional statements, input/output, data types, iteration, C Preprocessor, functions, recursion, arrays and strings, pointers, structures


Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to design programs, and to convert a written specification to a procedural software design
  • Be able to implement programs in the C language
  • Be able to test software solutions to practical problems against target specifications


Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Have the ability to translate simple algorithms into simple steps and encode these steps in a programming language


Task Length % of module mark
Programming assignment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Programming assignment
N/A 100

Module feedback

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Indicative reading

Notes and readings will be provided in class.

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