INFR08022 Computer Programming: Skills and Concepts (INF-1-CP)
and MUSI09001 Computer Programming for Music Technology.

This course provides an gradual but in-depth introduction to imperative programming using the C programming language. It is intended for students who are not taking Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence as part of their degree. Our lectures (2 a week) are backed up with a scripted (and supervised) two-hour Lab and a one-hour tutorial, every week. The assessment will be based on a 3-hour online programming exam in December (worth 90%) and one coursework due in week 9 (10%).


Lecturers are Mary Cryan and Julian Bradfield. The official Course Organiser is Paul Anderson.

Our Class Reps for 2014 are Kristiyan Kirilov (s1442858) from the school of Maths (Thursday lab), and Ming Yang (s1439477) from the School of Economics (Tuesday lab).


CP/CPMT is taught in semester 1. It is taught as a combination of two Lectures:

It also includes a (compulsory) scripted and supervised Lab (from Thursday, week 1 onwards) which will be one of the following: It also includes a 1-hour Tutorial (from week 3 onwards). The allocation of students to Tutorials is here and to Labs is here (you need your DICE password to view these).


We will keep a log of our lectures, and the collection of log entries will be maintained here. Individual log entries (once written) will be available as direct links from the lecture titles in the schedule below. Details (especially of later lectures) are likely to change a bit.

Meeting Day Date Who Where Title Slides & Handouts     Code    
Week 1  
1. Monday 15 Sept Mary/Julian 50GS LT G.03 Introduction to CP sl1, sl1x4 hello.c
2. Tuesday 16 Sept Mary AT LT1 Imperative programming, operations, errors sl2, sl2x4
Lab 1 Thur18/Mon22/Tues23 M+/J+/J AT4.12/AT5.05 Intro to the DICE Environment lab1.pdf, unix.pdf, emacs.pdf  
Week 2  
3. Monday 22 Sept Mary 50GS LT G.03 Variables and ints sl3, sl3x4 square.c, max.c
4. Tuesday 23 Sept Mary AT LT1 Arithmetic operations, int, float, double sl4, sl4x4 floats.c, quadratic.c
Lab 2 Thur25/Mon29/Tues30 M+/J+/J AT4.12/AT5.05 Simple arithmetic problems lab2.pdf  
Week 3  
Tutorial Tutor   week 3 sheet tutwk3.pdf
5. Monday 29 Sept Mary 50GS LT G.03 arithmetic, if-statement(cont.) sl5, sl5x4 quadratic1.c, quadratic2.c
6. Tuesday 30 Sept Mary AT LT1 iteration: for and while sl6, sl6x4 table.c, fib.c
Lab 3 Thur2/Mon6/Tues7 M+/J+/J AT4.12/AT5.05 Programming, with some iteration lab3.pdf  
Week 4  
Tutorial Tutor   week 4 sheet tutwk4.pdf
7. Monday 6 Oct Mary 50GS LT G.03 Functions sl7, sl7x4
8. Tuesday 7 Oct Mary AT LT1 Functions 2 sl8, sl8x4
Lab 4 Thur9/Mon13/Tues14 M+/J+/M AT4.12/AT5.05 Simple Graphics with descartes lab4.pdf, lab4sl.pdf lab4.tar
Week 5  
Tutorial Tutor   week 5 sheet tutwk5.pdf
9. Monday 13 Oct Julian 50GS LT G.03 Arrays sl9, sl9x4 fib-arr.c, whatday3.c
10. Tuesday 14 Oct Julian AT LT1 Practical Programming sl10, sl10x4, Extra video lecture (85 MB) base-with-array.c, base-without-array.c
Lab 5 Thur16/Mon20/Tues21 M+/J+/M AT4.12/AT5.05 Functions, some pointers, some arrays lab5.pdf  
Week 6  
Tutorial Tutor   week 6 sheet tutwk6.pdf base.c
11. Monday 20 Oct Julian 50GS LT G.03 scanf in more detail; char sl11, sl11x4 roman.c
12. Tuesday 21 Oct Julian AT LT1 Strings sl12, sl12x4
Lab 6 Thur23/Mon27/Tues28 M+/J+/M AT4.12/AT5.05 Arrays and some strings lab6.pdf  
Week 7  
Tutorial Tutor   week 7 sheet tutwk7.pdf
13. Monday 27 Oct Julian 50GS LT G.03 Structured Data sl13, sl13x4
14. Tuesday 28 Oct Julian AT LT1 Structured Data, cont.; enums; switch
Lab 7 Thur30/Mon3/Tues4 M+/J+/J AT4.12/AT5.05 Structured data types lab7.pdf running.c
Week 8  
Tutorial Tutor   week 8 sheet tutwk8.pdf bubblesort.c, mergerec.c
15. Monday 3 Nov Mary 50GS LT G.03 Searching and sorting sl15, sl15x4 search.c, bubblesort.c
16. Tuesday 4 Nov Mary AT LT1 Recursion (including mergesort) sl16, sl16x4
Lab Thur6/Mon10/Tues11 M+/J+/M AT4.12/AT5.05 mock exam  
Week 9  
Tutorial Tutor   week 9 sheet tutwk9.pdf
17. Monday 10 Nov Julian 50GS LT G.03 Libraries and Separate Compilation - sl17, sl17x4
18. Tuesday 11 Nov Julian AT LT1 Files in C sl18, sl18x4
Lab 8 Thur13/Mon17/Tues18 M+/J+/J AT4.12/AT5.08 Recursion and some File work lab8.pdf
Week 10  
Tutorial Tutor   Mock exam Qs; Files and Arguments see prev sheet
19. Monday 17 Nov Julian 50GS LT G.03 Program Arguments, More C; Mock exam feedback sl19, sl19x4, slM, slMx4 arg.c
20. Tuesday 18 Nov Mary AT LT1 Some past exam Questions Aug12 paper files
Lab 9 Thur20/Mon24/Tues25 M+/J+/J AT4.12/AT5.05 past exam papers Dec 2011, Dec 2012


Your grade for CP will depend on two components. The first part will be a single electronically-submitted piece of coursework, due by 4pm, Friday 14th November (end week 9). This work is worth 10% of your overall grade. The second is the final exam, carried out as a computer-based programming test held in the computer labs, taking place at the the end of semester 1. This final exam is worth 90% of your overall grade.

The (due end week 9) coursework must also be completed by CMPT students and is worth 10% of their grade also. However, the weighting of the exam is slightly different - it is worth only 70%, with the remaining 20% depending on the extra piece of practical work for CPMT students, done with the Music department in week 11.

Course Text

"A Book on C: Programming in C", 4th edition; by Al Kelley and Ira Pohl.

Practising on your own machine

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