Study different paradigms to understand programming at a more abstract level for a better overall understanding, to realize that different problems, different challenges benefit from different approaches and to be able to chose the best paradigm and language for a new task. In addition, knowing many languages will help to learn new (future) languages.
Presentation of the major programming paradigms: object-oriented, imperative, logic, functional. Related programming languages, their essential properties and typical applications. Programming in imperative, logic and functional languages. Influence of programming paradigms on problem solving and program design strategies. An overview of other paradigms, such as constraint-based, rule-based and event-driven programming.
See the official descripton in the University of Ottawa calendar.
The course material will be covered in lectures, labs and tutorials. Additional resources in form of textbooks and on-line references are listed below. Attendance of and participation in lectures, labs and tutorials is mandatory. The course will be using group work and interactive student feedback using a web clicker. You must register for an account (details to follow on virtual campus) and answer questions during lectures. Although this is motivated by wanting to help you to learn and to retain the material better (and hopefully enjoy learning it more), it is also used to determine if you complied with the Faculty of Engineering rule of minimum attendance of 80% of lectures.
Course notes will be made available through Virtual Campus, see a tentative list of topics with relevant chapters of the textbook.
Student evaluation will be based on a midterm and a final exam as well as lab quizzes, three programming assignments and a comprehenisve programming assignment in three parts.
The maximum is 100 marks*) with the following breakdown:
|Lab quizzes (6)||6 marks|
|Assignments (3)||18 marks|
|Comprehensive Assignment||12 marks (3 + 6 + 3 marks)|
|Final exam||38 marks|
*) If the student's mark in the exam component is less than 50%, i.e., (Midterm + Final) < 32, then the student's mark in the course will be (Midterm + Final) / 64.
The midterms and final exams will be closed book except for one page of notes (single-sided, letter-sized, handwritten; except double-sided for final), no other aids or notes.
The midterm is scheduled to take place during class on
Tuesday, March 5th, 2019, 16:00-17:30
Note: The final exam mark will not overwrite the midterm mark(s).
Attendance at the midterm exam is mandatory. A student who has an official medical certificate (from the University Health Services) for the absence during the midterm will have the final scaled accordingly. In this case, the student will not receive more than 9% of his/her final grade by the drop date.
Class attendance is mandatory. As per academic regulations, students who do not attend 80% of the class may not be allowed to write the final examinations.
All components of the course (i.e laboratory assignments, projects, etc.) must be fulfilled otherwise students may receive an INC as a final mark (equivalent to an F). This also holds for a student who is taking the course for the second time.
Any form of plagiarism or fraud including on an assignment will be reported. If it is found that (parts of) an assignment submission is copied, it will result in an automatic zero for the assignment. The TAs and myself are using software (moss) that identifies code similarity automatically.