Aims/Description: This module introduces basic concepts of computer programming, through an introduction to problem solving and the development of simple algorithms using Python and the programming language Java. The emphasis of the module will be on developing the ability to construct programs using existing components, rather than on creating new components from scratch. It will stress the importance of software being well-designed, maintainable and testable, and will show how the object-orientated features help to achieve these properties. It goes on to introduce some of the fundamental principles of object orientated programming and software engineering, demonstrated using Java. In particular, students are taught the principles that underlie the structuring of software and introduces models of real-world systems.

Restrictions on availability: This module is only available for students on GEEU01 MEng Engineering and GEEU02 MEng Engineering with a Year in Industry. Please note that this module is taught alongside COM160/161/162.

Staff Contact: Laura Pitts
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work, Practical

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