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Unit information: Programming and Algorithms 2A in 2016/17

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Unit name Programming and Algorithms 2A
Unit code COMS10004
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Burghardt
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

COMS10002 Programming and Algorithms I

Co-requisites

none

School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description

Developing software for diverse platforms increasingly requires an agile understanding and use of various programming approaches. The main aim of the unit is to ensure that students develop basic competence and confidence as a programmer, and start to develop skills to comprehend and analyse some key algorithms. The unit will familiarise students with some key intellectual tools to implement and analyse algorithms – quick code is no good if the algorithm it implements is slow! The object oriented programming paradigm will be studied and Java will be introduced as an example language. Theoretical content is complemented by incremental software development in increasingly complex projects.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful completion of this unit will enable students to:

  • Comprehend and analyse some aspects of key algorithms
  • Program with competence and confidence in Java
  • Program in an object-oriented manner
  • Apply basic software engineering, development and testing techniques
  • Collaboratively implement a small software system

Teaching details

Approx 18 lectures supported by programming labs (which should last no less than 2 hours during the project period)

Assessment Details

50% coursework and 50% exam

Reading and References

The unit does not rely on a particular textbook. However, reading suggestions include the following books:
- Head First Java by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates, 2nd Edition, O'Reilly Media, ISBN:0596009208
- Head First Design Patterns by Eric Freeman, Elisabeth Robson, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra, O'Reilly Media, ISBN: 0000596007124
- Java Precisely by Peter Sestoft, 2nd Edition, MIT Press, ISBN: 9780262693257
- Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest, Stein, 3rd Edition, MIT Press ISBN: 978-0262533058

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