Study Programmes 2015-2016
Introduction to computer programming
Duration :
20h Th, 40h Pr
Number of credits :
Bachelor in physics6
Master in geography : geomatics and surveying (120 ECTS)5
Lecturer :
Peter Schlagheck
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Course contents :
This course gives an introduction to the art of programming in C/C++. After a general introduction into the working principle of a computer, the elementary components of the programming language C/C++ will be explained and their appplication will be demonstrated and discussed. Topics of the course in detail: - electronic logic based on transistors - information in terms of bits and bytes - the working principle of a computer - syntax and elementary instructions of C/C++ - algorithmic tools - functions - file handling and compilation - arrays and pointers
Learning outcomes of the course :
The principal objectives of the course are - to learn how to realize small programs in order to solve numerical problems, - to get used to the general techniques of programming (loops, functions, arrays, ...), - to know how a computer works in principle, in order to judge what is practicable in programming (e.g. from the memory and CPU point of view), -to prepare for the course "Numerical methods of physics".
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
40 hours of practical sessions in front of a computer are provided for the course. They take place in the computer rooms 4/15 and 4/34 of the building B5a. Graded interrogations will be organized during the practical sessions.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
The course will be given face-to-face "ex cathedra" by a beamer presentation. The students that are registered for the course will be able to download the slides via myULg.
Recommended or required readings :
Recommended literature: - T. Bastin: "Le Langage C/C++" (ULg, lecture notes) - H.-P. Garnir: "Introduction à l'Informatique" (ULg, lecture notes) -S. Lippmann, J. Lajoie & B.E. Moo: "C++ Primer" (Addison-Wesley, 2005) -B. Stroustrup: "The C++ Programming Language" (Addison-Wesley, 1997)
Assessment methods and criteria :
Evaluation will be done by the interrogations that are organized during the practical sessions (10% of the total grade) as well as by an exam which takes place within one session of 4 hours (8h30-12h30 or 14h-18h; 90% of the total grade). The latter consists of realizing a few programs on the computer (practical part, 70%) and of responding to a few questions on the subject (theoretical part, 30%).
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Contacts :
Peter Schlagheck Département de Physique Université de Liège IPNAS, building B15, office 0/125 Sart Tilman 4000 Liège Phone: 04 366 9043 Email:
Items online :
Chapter 1
Electronic logic
Chapter 2
Binarized information
Chapter 3
The working principle of a computer
Chapter 4
Elementary programming in C/C++
Chapter 5
Algorithmic tools
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
File handling and compilation
Chapter 8
Introduction to the Code::Blocks software
Schedule of the course and the practical exercice sessions. Definition of the two exercice classes. Contents of the course and recommended literature.
C/C++ lecture notes
Lecture notes on the C/C++ programming language by Prof. Thierry Bastin
TP physics: session 1
variables, instructions, elementary operations, input/output
TP physics: session 2
branchings, loops, mathematical functions
TP physics: session 3
arrays, random numbers, errors and debugging
TP physics: session 4
functions and procedures, reading and writing into files
TP physics: session 6
TP physics: session 7
pointers, dynamical arrays
TP physics: introductory session
Practical work: introductory session