IPC144 Course Outline

Course Code: IPC144
Course Name: Introduction to Programming Using C
Offered Date: Winter - 2019 | 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. Students work in a Linux environment.

Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Required for CPA - Computer Programming and Analysis (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Required for CPD - Computer Programmer (Ontario College Diploma)
Professional Option for CTY - Computer Systems Technology (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Professional Option for CNS - Computer Networking and Technical Support (Ontario College Diploma)
Prerequisite: None (this is a Level 1 course)
Mode of Instruction: Modes: In-class lecture, in-class exercises, and hands-on activity
Hours per week: 6
Room configurations: Classroom, and computer lab
Typical scheduling pattern: Fall, Winter, and summer 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. Code complete programs using appropriate object and pointer types to solve programming problems
  8. Explain the purposes of procedural programming features to inform business persons
  9. Prepare programming plans using logical components to solve practical problems
Employability Skills:
Execute mathematical operations accurately.|Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
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:
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the final exam
  •     Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  •     Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the tests and final exam
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the overall course
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.


Workshops (minimum 5) - 20%

Assignments (minimum 2)- 30%

Quizzes (minimum 10) - 15%

Test(s) - 20%

Final Exam - 15%

Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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