|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Practical||11 x 2hrs|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||1.5 Hours written exam||40%|
|Semester Assessment||1 piece of software development coursework (Approx 32 hours)||50%|
|Supplementary Exam||1.5 Hours supplementary exam||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Note - Students must resit failed examination and/or resubmission of failed/non-submitted coursework components or ones of equivalent value.||60%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Have consolidated and extended their knowledge of programming languages.
2. be able to utilize the new skills acquired to analyse and solve problems using the C language.
3. be able to exercise significant judgment in being able to evaluate whether C or Java would be the most appropriate language to use for a range of situations.
4. be able to use specialized skills, namely in the use of operating system facilities.
5. have reviewed the importance of standards by means of studying the specifications of ANSI standard C and the POSIX operating systems interface.
The latter part of the course will address an introduction to the structure of the UNIX operating system and the interface presented by functions and system calls for use from C.
The module will also consider the relevance of standards, both in C and in UNIX.
An introduction to the module.
2. Basic Concepts of C - 2 Lectures
History of the C language, philosophical differences between C language design and Java. ANSI C. Basic form of a C program compared with that of a Java program. Using the compiler.
3. Control Structures - 2 Lectures
Sequence, branching and iteration in C compared with that of Java.
4. Basic Data Structures - 1 Lecture
Review of basic data types and operators in C.
5. Functions - 1 Lecture
Discussion of ways in which functions are implemented, and used in C, including parameter passing mechanisms.
6. Composite Data Structures - 1 Lecture
A first discussion of Arrays in C. Input/Output.
7. Software Support Tools - 1 Lecture
Make, Lint, Debuggers. Libraries and library utilities. Static/Dynamic analysers.
8. C Programming Style and Portability - 1 Lecture
Language standards. Portability. Programming standards.
9. Arrays, Pointers and Functions - 2 Lectures
A discussion of pointer data types, how they relate to arrays, and how they contrast with Java objects.
10. Dynamic Data Structures - 1 Lecture
Implementation of various record structures and dynamic structures. Pointers. Malloc. Examples in C. Parallels will be drawn with how the internals of Java do this for you.
11. Pitfalls - 1 Lecture
Major problem areas. Design rationale of C and of Java in problem areas.
12. Further Features - 1 Lecture
C preprocessor, header files, conditional inclusion, macro substitution, bitwise operators, casts, enumeration, scope, static and external declarations, separate compilation.
13. Case Studies ? 4 Lectures
A small group of typical ANSI C programs will be presented and discussed as examples of good practice.
14. Exercises ? about 11 Practicals
Formative practicals covering the main features of the C language.
15. The Structure of UNIX - 1 Lecture
An overview of the structure of the UNIX operating system and a description of the major components, including: the kernel, device drivers, IEEE POSIX and the terminal. An introduction to the programming interface to UNIX.
16. The Filesystem and Files - 1 Lecture
The structure of the filesystem and associated operations. The types of file and the operations on files. The function and system calls available from C to interact with files and filesystems.
17. Summary and Conclusions - 1 lecture
Drawing together the topics covered in the module.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||No.|
|Communication||Written skills will be needed to complete supporting documents to accompany assessed coursework.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||See 2 above|
|Information Technology||The whole module concerns this area.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Careful time management will be needed as so to enable students to complete coursework etc.|
|Problem solving||This is inherent in both the formative practical work and the assessed coursework.|
|Research skills||The students will need to search for and use relevant technical information while completing practical and assessed coursework.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Students will develop a detailed knowledge of the internal functioning of a computer system and how programs gain access to the facilities of an operating system.|
Reading ListRecommended Text
Prinz, Peter. (2003.) C :pocket reference /Peter Prinz and Ulla Kirch-Prinz ; translated by Tony Crawford. O'Reilly Primo search Prinz, Peter. (c2006.) C in a nutshell /Peter Prinz and Tony Crawford. O'Reilly Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 5