252-0856-AAL  Computer Science

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersF. Friedrich Wicker, M. Schwerhoff
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentEnrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.


252-0856-AA RComputer Science
Self-study course. No presence required.
120s hrsF. Friedrich Wicker, M. Schwerhoff

Catalogue data

AbstractThe course covers the fundamental concepts of computer programming with a focus on systematic algorithmic problem solving. Taught language is C++. No programming experience is required.
ObjectivePrimary educational objective is to learn programming with C++. After having successfully attended the course, students have a good command of the mechanisms to construct a program. They know the fundamental control and data structures and understand how an algorithmic problem is mapped to a computer program. They have an idea of what happens "behind the scenes" when a program is translated and executed. Secondary goals are an algorithmic computational thinking, understanding the possibilities and limits of programming and to impart the way of thinking like a computer scientist.
ContentThe course covers fundamental data types, expressions and statements, (limits of) computer arithmetic, control statements, functions, arrays, structural types and pointers. The part on object orientation deals with classes, inheritance and polymorphism; simple dynamic data types are introduced as examples. In general, the concepts provided in the course are motivated and illustrated with algorithms and applications.
Lecture notesEnglish lecture notes will be provided during the semester. The lecture notes and the lecture slides will be made available for download on the course web page. Exercises are solved and submitted online.
LiteratureBjarne Stroustrup: Einführung in die Programmierung mit C++, Pearson Studium, 2010
Stephen Prata, C++ Primer Plus, Sixth Edition, Addison Wesley, 2012
Andrew Koenig and Barbara E. Moo: Accelerated C++, Addison-Wesley, 2000
Prerequisites / NoticeThis virtual self-study course is also offered physically in the autumn semester. We recommend to visit the classes of the course 252-0856-00L (or that of the equivalent course 252-0847-00L). While the classes are only offered in German, there are English spoken Exercises. All exercises and exams are offered bilingual (German and English).

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersF. Friedrich Wicker, M. Schwerhoff
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationDuring the semesters when the physical course Informatik I 252-0856-00S is offered, bonus grade points can be achieved also for this course under the same conditions as specified for the physical course.

The exam will most likely be performed at the computer.
Written aidsSie dürfen maximal 4 A4-Blätter mit in die Prüfung nehmen.
Inhaltliche und formale Anforderungen (Text, Bilder, ein-/doppelseitig, Ränder, Schriftgrösse, etc.) bestehen nicht. Elektronische Geräte bzw. digitale Unterlagen sind nicht erlaubt.

You may take up to 4 A4 sheets into the exam. There are no constraints regarding content and layout (text, images, single/double page, margins, font size, etc.). Electronic devices and digital documents are not allowed.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

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