CSC8001 : Programming and Data Structures
- Offered for Year: 2016/17
- Module Leader(s): Dr Marta Koutny
- Demonstrator: Mr Dan Nesbitt
- Lecturer: Dr Stephen Riddle
- Owning School: Computing Science
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
Pre Requisite Comment
Co Requisite Comment
To provide a grounding in object-oriented design and implementation, programming environments, and the Java programming language.
Outline Of Syllabus
Programs, programming, programming environments (BlueJ).
Java Programming language: comments; types; variable declarations; arithmetic and boolean expressions; assignment.
Control-flow abstractions: 'if', 'while', 'do', 'switch' and 'for' statements; input and output.
Data structures: arrays, array lists; stacks and queues, dynamic memory allocation.
Simple algorithms: searching, sorting.
Objects; inheritance; applications.
Intended Knowledge Outcomes
To be able to read and explain software code written in an object-oriented programming language.
To be able to describe and discuss some common data structures and their use.
Intended Skill Outcomes
The ability to design, implement, test and debug Java programs.
The ability to use a modern compilation environment.
Graduate Skills Framework
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
- Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
- Critical Thinking : Present
- Data Synthesis : Assessed
- Active Learning : Present
- Numeracy : Present
- Information Literacy
- Source Materials : Present
- Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
- Use Of Computer Applications : Assessed
- Self Management
- Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
- Planning and Organisation
- Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
- Decision Making : Assessed
- Personal Enterprise
- Innovation And Creativity : Present
- Initiative : Present
- Independence : Present
- Problem Solving : Present
- Adaptability : Present
- Commercial Acumen
- Market Awareness : Present
- Commercial Acumen
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||22||2:00||44:00||Lecture follow-up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||2:00||44:00||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||50||0:30||25:00||Revision for end of Semester exam & exam duration|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||11||2:00||22:00||Practicals|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||11||2:00||22:00||Coursework|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||43||1:00||43:00||Background reading|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.
This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.
Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.
Students should set aside sufficient time to revise for the end of semester exam.
- Reading List Website : rlo.ncl.ac.uk
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||1||M||30||Programming coursework (44 hours)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Exam: Part A tests knowledge and understanding of language primitives; Part B requires the students to demonstrate their programming skills in the context of simple applications.
Coursework: Practice in writing programs is the most effective way for students to learn to program. For that reason, the coursework component of the module contributes 30% of the total assessment.
Study abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the length of the exam may differ from that shown in the MOF.
N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 40%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 40%.
Past Exam Papers
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