Foundation Programming (G6065)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

The aim of the module is to provide you with an understanding of how to design algorithms to solve simple problems in a suitable high-level programming language and how to code, document and test those solutions.

Content may typically include:

  • Overview of range and types of programming languages
  • Introduction to a development environment and use of online help facilities
  • Algorithm design: using a top-down technique
  • Simple data types and naming conventions
  • Controlling flow using selection statements
  • Controlling flow using iteration
  • Using functions for re-use 
  • Modular programming
  • Complex data types: records and arrays
  • Programming standards: layout and documentation
  • Verification & testing


50%: Lecture
50%: Practical (Laboratory)


100%: Coursework (Computer-based examination, Project)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: