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Durham University

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Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2020-21. The current handbook year is 2021-22

Department: Computer Science

COMP2221: PROGRAMMING PARADIGMS

Type Open Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap Location Durham

Prerequisites

  • COMP1051 Computational Thinking OR MATH1587 Programming I

Corequisites

  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None

Aims

  • To broaden students' view of programming and programming languages.
  • To understand core methodologies related to computer programming.

Content

  • Systems programming.
  • Functional programming.
  • Object oriented programming.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate:
  • an acquisition of a core knowledge of different programming methodologies
  • an understanding of when an appropriate programming paradigm is suitable for the solution of a specific problem
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate:
  • an ability to implement solutions to basic problems using both a functional and a object oriented programming language
  • an ability to design and implement applications using a low-level language
Key Skills:
  • On completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate: an ability to analyse and evaluate problems with a view to developing appropriate methods for their solution.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures enable students to learn the core material relevant to the topic and practical classes enable students to apply their learning to practical examples.
  • Summative assignments and formative exercises encourage students to focus their ability to independently analyse and solve problems.
  • Summative examinations test the core knowledge acquired.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
lectures 44 2 per week 1 hour 44
practical classes 21 1 per week 2 hours 42
preparation and reading 114
Total n/a 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examination 2 hours 100% Yes
Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Practical work 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Example formative exercises are given during the course. Additional revision lectures may be arranged in the module's lecture slots in the 3rd term.


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University