30539 - COMPUTER SCIENCE - MODULE 1 (INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE AND PROGRAMMING)
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 27
Advanced: Lezioni erogate in modalità sincrona e asincrona in aula e a distanza
Scope of the course is to provide the basic methodological and conceptual tools which are instrumental for algorithmic thinking and computer programming, using the C and Python programming languages as references. The course sets the basis for the programming knowledge which will be extensively applied in future courses within the education program..
- Introduction to computer architecture and programming languages;
- introduction to C
- Basic algorithmic constructs
- Basic data structures
- Introduction to Python
- Basics of object-oriented programming
- Principles of functional programming
- Describe the basics of the modern computer architecture
- Summarize how most common imperative programming languages work, and the difference between compiled and interpreted languages;
- Identify basic algorithmic patterns in C and Python
- Recognize and apply the object-oriented programming paradigm
- Develop basic C and Python programs
- Design basic algorithms
- Create simple classes with an object-oriented programming approach
- Face-to-face lectures
- Online lectures
- Exercises (exercises, database, software etc.)
- Online lectures: short videos consisting of slides, diagrams and live-coding that demonstrate the syntax and concepts of the C and Python programming languages and the basic data structures and programming paradigms
- Exercises: Online exercises on a dedicated coding platform; also demos and general discussions with the instructors and the TAs
The continuous assessment will involve programming exercises given twice through an online platform with automatic grading. The continuous assessment will account for 50% of the final grade.
For the first two exams after the end of the course (winter exam session), the students will have the option to cumulate the points obtained from the continuous assessment with a reduced final exam, which will give the remaining 50% of the final grade. The reduced exam will include both C and Python exercises.
Alternatively, the students can opt to do a full final exam for the whole 31 points (in which case the grades of the continuous assessment are discarded). The final exam will have a C and a Python part. The passing threshold is 18, there is no threshold for the individual parts.
- Textbook for C: "C Programming Language", Prentice Hall, by B. Kernighan and D. Ritchie
- Textbook for Python: "Think Python 2e", O’Reilly Media (http://greenteapress.com/wp/think-python-2e/), by A.B. Downey