Master in Informatics and Computing Engineering
Course Unit: Programming Fundamentals
Curricular Years: 1º
Official website: Sigarra
Credits ECTS: 6
Contact hours: 70
Total Time: 162
Lectures (2x1,5h): João Correia Lopes (JCL)
Recitations (8x2h): João Correia Lopes (JCL), Rui Camacho (RCS), Ricardo Cruz (RPMC), Nuno Moreira Macedo
Fluency in the process of software development is a basic prerequisite to the work of Informatics Engineers. In order to use computers to solve problems effectively, students must be competent at reading and writing programs using higher-order programming languages.
2. SPECIFIC AIMS
The global aim of this Unit is to give the student the ability to create algorithms, and to use a programming language to implement, test, and debug algorithms for solving simple problems.
The student will be able to understand and use the fundamental programming constructs, and the functional approach to programming, specifically effect-free programming where function calls have no side-effects and variables are immutable, and contrast it with the Imperative approach.
3. PERCENT DISTRIBUTION
Scientific component: 40%
Technological component: 60%
At the end of the course, the student is expected to handle programming problems of medium complexity, using the imperative or functional programming approaches or paradigms.
More specifically, the student will be able to:
No previous knowledge is required.
The continuous enrolment of the student in the course is promoted, through the study and discussion of the course topics, previously distributed in Jupyter Notebooks, that will later be used in lectures.
The student is motivated to find the best ideas to solve specific problems, execute them and implement the programming solutions, in an elegant, legible and efficient (time and space) mode using the Python programming language.
Automatic correction tools are used to increase the efficiency of the feedback given to the students.
Lecture classes (T) are used to present and discuss the topics of the program, using a computer connected to a multimedia projector.
Recitation classes (TP) are used to help students understand the topics of the program and solve the weekly programming assignments.
In-class and away programming assignments are given on a weekly basis, to improve the regular and effective development of autonomous learning processes and are tested and graded using Moodle assignments.
In-class assignments are used for summative evaluation at the end of each lecture class using Moodle quizzes.
Students are encouraged to use the Play Web App (https://fpro.fe.up.pt/play) containing programming exercises selected by theme: "easy"to perform before the theoretical class, "of average difficulty" to perform before the weekly assignments (RE) and "difficult" to perform before the practical tests in a computer (PE).
In the classroom, the students use the same working environment that is used later in the individual assessments (PE) — IDE Spyder3, Test web app (https://fpro.fe.up.pt/test) to develop and submit the weekly assignments.
Whenever deemed necessary in the classroom, especially during the first month of classes, students are encouraged to go to the "Clinic", supervised by student assistants, to get help.
Physical sciences > Computer science > Programming
Distributed evaluation without final exam.
|Practical or project work||20|
Students are eligible for the final theory evaluation (TE), if they do not exceed the absences limit (25% of the total number of estimated recitation classes) and if they obtain a minimum of 40% in the last practical on computer evaluation (PE04).
The evaluation will be based on the following components:
LE = Lecture in-class evaluation: Multiple-choice questions about programming concepts, to be answered on an individual basis in the theoretical classroom (the best 20 from a total of 24 are selected) [5 questions, 5 minutes]
RE = Recitation and away weekly evaluation: Weekly recitation classes and away programming assignments (the best 10 out of 12 are selected) [5 questions, –]
PE = Practical on computer evaluation: Individual programming assignments in Moodle (the best 3 from a total of 4 are selected) [5 questions, 90 minutes]
TE = Theory evaluation: Multiple-choice questions about programming concepts, to be answered on an individual basis in Moodle with the consultation of one book [50 questions, 90 minutes]
Final classification = 10% LE + 10% RE + 50% PE + 30% TE
The evaluation of this course uses four types of examinations:
In the following academic year, the student can request improvement of classification that includes the practical evaluation in computer PE04 and the theoretical evaluation TE01, with the consultation of only one book, the same as for the regular students.
Final classification = 60% PE + 40% TE
In the case of students who do not attend classes and go without the weekly evaluation (LE and RE), the final classification will be the average of the classification of two evaluation components: Practical on computer evaluation (PE) and Theory evaluation (TE), as of the regular students.
Final classification = 60% PE + 40% TE
Due to the rules imposed upon us after the publication of this document, namely the delay of 3 weeks in the beginning of the classes, this year it is not possible to complete the PE recovery PE05 before the TE01, as planed.
Thus, all students that do not have the RFF classification, for having exceeded the limit of absences, are eligible for the theoretical test TE01.
Note that the minimum grade requirement of 40% for each component (PE, TE) is maintained.
— Correia Lopes, 01/08/2020 08:42