Computer Programming with Laboratory (2018/2019)



Course code
4S02751
Credits
12
Coordinator
Ugo Solitro
Academic sector
INF/01 - INFORMATICS
Language of instruction
Italian
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Teoria 9 II semestre, I semestre Ugo Solitro

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Esercitazioni 3 II semestre, I semestre Romeo Rizzi

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Learning outcomes

This course proposes providing the fundamentals skills in order to analyze and resolve problems by means of developing programs.
The general objectives of this module are
- the knowledge of the principles of programming and of programming languages,
- the mastery of fundamental techniques for analyzing problems and developing their algorithmic solutions,
- the introduction to the methods for the evaluation of correctness and efficiency of algorithms.
In the laboratory, we will practice the above principles by means of a programming activity.

Syllabus

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

- Problems and Solutions.
- Models of Computations: abstract machine, compiler and interpreter.
- Programming languages: formal languages, compiler, interpreter.
- Laboratory: introduction to linux and to the developing environment.

PART I - Problems, algorithms and programs.

- Imperative programming
- Elementary of programming: basic instructions and development of simple programs; variables, expressions and assignment.
- Data types. The general concept of data type: characterisation and data representation. Abstract Data Types.
- Primitive data types: characterisation, use and related problems.
- Structured data types: array, record, file, pointer, string and other data structures.
- Program structure. Fundamental instructions. Sub-programs: structure, parameters and visibility. Recursion.
- Object Oriented Programming.
- Basics of objects: classes, objects, attributes, constructors, modifiers.
- Advanced data structures: representation of sequences, vector and matrices; inductive and dynamic data structures; introduction to lists, trees and graphs.

PART II - Analysis of Algorithms

- Correctness: termination, logic properties; methods for the correctness verification.
- Efficiency of algorithms.
- Introduction to the complexity. Performance of algorithms. Evaluation of efficiency. Computational costs.
- Asymptotic estimation of the complexity in time and space. The worst and medium case.
- Amortised analysis.
- Study of fundamental examples.
- Sequences: static and dynamic implementation and algorithms.
- Research and Sorting Algorithms: basic search, binary search, insertion and selection sort, merge sort, quick sort.
- Matrices and Vectors: implementation, operations and algorithms.
- Dynamic sequences: abstract definition and implementation; basic operations.
- Trees. Abstract definition and implementation. Basic operation. Binary research trees.
- Introduction to algorithms on graphs.

LABORATORY

In the laboratory, we familiarize with the programming language developing projects based on the ideas presented in the lessons.
We study the fundamental elements of the language and we deal with the problems that arise in the development of the solution; in particular we acquire skill in editing, compiling, debugging and basic project management.

Didactic method (concise version)

The subjects will be presented, when possible, according to the following schema.

- Introduction to the subject.
- Analysis of the problem related.
- In-depth study of the subject through the development of exercises, even practical, with the support of the teacher and tutors, if available.
- Correction of some exercises.
- Final discussion on the activities.

(last update: 26/09/2018)

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam consists of a written test, a practical test and a final oral exam.

The written and practical test can be partially replaced by ongoing test.

Reference books
Activity Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Teoria Bertossi, Alan e Montresor, Alberto Algoritmi e strutture di dati Città Studi Edizioni, De Agostini Scuola 2010 9788825173567
Teoria Walter Savitch Programmazione con Java (seconda edizione) (Edizione 2) Pearson 2013 9788871929613

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2017/2018