BTP100 Course Outline

Course Code: BTP100
Course Name: Programming Fundamentals Using C
Offered Date: Fall - 2017 | Other versions
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Course Description:

This course covers the fundamental principles of computer programming, with an emphasis on problem solving strategies using structured programming techniques. The C programming language, which is widely used and forms the syntactical basis for object-oriented languages such as C++, C#, Objective-C, and Java, is used to introduce problem analysis, algorithm design, and program implementation.

Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)
Prerequisite: None
Mode of Instruction: Modes: Lecture, in-class exercises, and hands-on activity
Hours per week: 6
Room configurations: Classroom, and computer lab
Typical scheduling pattern: Fall and Winter terms
Learning Outcomes:
1 - Design functions using selection and iteration constructs to solve a programming task
2 - Connect functions using pass-by-value and pass-by-address semantics to assemble a complete program
3 - Design collections using arrays and structures to manage data efficiently
4 - Code algorithms using standard library functions to incorporate existing technology
5 - Stream data using standard library functions to interact with users and access persistent text
6 - Trace the execution of a procedural program to validate its correctness
7 - Develop algorithms using procedural programming concepts to communicate coding plans
8 - Code complete programs using appropriate object and pointer types to implement specified coding plans
9 - Formulate programming plans using logical components to solve practical problems
10 - Explain the purposes of procedural programming features to inform business persons
Topic Outline:
  • Introduction - 10%
    • Computer - hardware, software
    • Information
      • bits, bytes, words
      • memory model - addresses
    • Compilers
      • programming languages
      • Basic C syntax
    • Remote login and file transfer
  • Computations - 25%
    • Types: int, char, float, double
      • representing values, ranges, ASCII sequence
      • symbolic constants
    • Variable, constant (const) declarations
    • Simple input / Calculation / Simple output
    • Expressions
      • arithmetic (+, -, *, /, %)
      • relational (>, <, >=, <=, !=, ==)
      • logical (&&, ||, !)
      • assignment (=, ++, --)
      • compound assignment (+=, -=, *=, /=, %=)
      • casting
      • mixed types
      • conditional (?:)
    • Operator precedence (order of evaluation of expressions)
    • Structured programming constructs
      • statement blocks
      • selection (if, if/else, switch)
      • iteration (while, do/while, for)
      • compound conditions and nested statements
    • Testing and Debugging
      • Walkthrough Tables
    • Style Guidelines
  • Data Structures - 10%
    • One-dimensional arrays
      • subscripting
      • initialization
      • parallel arrays
    • Structs
      • member access
  • Modularity - 20%
    • Functions
      • formal parameters vs actual arguments
      • local variables
      • pass by value
      • return by value
    • Pointers
      • addresses
      • pass by address
      • passing arrays
    • Library Functions
      • Input (scanf, getchar)
      • Output (printf, putchar, puts)
      • Math (rand, sqrt, pow)
  • Secondary Storage - 10%
    • File Connections
    • Text files (fopen, fclose)
    • Input/output (fprintf, fscanf)
    • Records and fields
  • Refinements - 25%
    • Character strings
      • string functions (strlen, strcpy, strcmp)
      • string input and output conversion specifiers
    • More input and output conversion specifiers
    • Two-dimensional arrays
      • arrays of strings
    • Algorithms
      • search, sort, mixing, masking
    • Portability
      • The C Language Standards
      • Structured Programs
      • Static Analysis
Prescribed Text(s):

Hard Copy | Programming Computers Using C, July 2016 Edition
Chris Szalwinski
Available in the Seneca@York campus bookstore

Online | Programming Fundamentals Using C, Chris Szalwinski


Reference Material:

Programming Fundamentals Using C, Chris Szalwinski


Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  •     Pass the weighted average of all assessments
  •     Pass the weighted average of the exam and the tests
  •     Pass the final exam
  •     Successfully complete all of the assignments and exercises. Submissions that do not meet specifications will be returned to the student for revision and resubmission.

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Assignments (minimum of 10)  30%
Final Project 20%
Quizzes (minimum 10)  15%
Test(s) 20%
Final Exam 15%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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