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

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 106 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: