|Assessment length / details
|Weekly worksheet Weekly worksheet completed by student
|Mini-project A short project exploring the module concepts
|Weekly multiple choice quiz Each week a short multiple choice quiz will be help exploring that week's work.
|Worksheet Online worksheet covering all the topics from the module
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Describe the Programming Paradigm: Programming languages, elements, concepts and types.
Explain and use the basic language elements; Language structure, conventions, variables, constants, data types, operators, expressions, statements, blocks.
Solve a computational problem
This module aims to provide a basic grounding in computer programming skills and assumes no previous knowledge or ability. After exploring the fundamentals of computer languages you'll move on to writing your first programs. Delivery will be online through lectures, recordings and practical workshops and you will therefore require an internet connection. On successful completion you will be awarded 10 credits at first year undergraduate level.
The course will be presented in a number of blocks - each will have a worksheet with linked mini-videos and an online workshop - the latter will be recorded so you can study the course at times that suit you.
Fundamentals: why do we need programming and how do we go about doing it?
Languages: in general, what are computer languages and what do they have in common?
Key principles: what are the main components of a typical language and how can we use them in our coding?
Programming a common high level language. Time to apply the previous learning in writing your first programs to solve common problems.
|Creative Problem Solving
|Students will gain problem solving skills as part of their coursework assessment and worksheet exercises.
|Critical and analytical thinking
|The course will introduce the concept of Computational Thinking
|Students will be expected to make appropriate use of the Internet to access Blackboard, contribute to online workshops and discussions, and access their online programming site.
|Real world sense
|IT and, specifically, programming is ubiquitous in today's world - this course will give a grounding in their application in day to day activities.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Understand and utilise the fundamentals of programming
This module is at CQFW Level 4