Systems Programing

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Systems Programing

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Computer Engineering, Engineering Science, Systems Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course considers the issues raised when programming at a low-level, for example in embedded systems, OS system level, or network protocol stacks. Topics include: an introduction to C language programming; and higher- level systems programming using Python scripting language. It will include motivating examples related to a wide variety of applications of system programming.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Systems Programming is part of the Engineering and the BSc in Computer Science programmes at Victoria University of Wellington. BE and BSc (COMP) graduates are expected to exhibit a number of graduate attributes at the completion of the program. This course contributes to the graduate attributes (GA) as indicated below. A full table of these attributes is available at Graduate Attributes.

    By the end of the course, students are expected to have developed programming skills in C and Python. In C, a particular focus is on memory management. Specifically, students should:
    1. Be able to use appropriate tools compiling/debugging C programs (GA BE 3(a), BE 3(d), BE 3(f), BSc (1)).
    2. Be able to write C programs using pointers and arrays, user-defined data types, input/output operations, bit-level operations, and user-defined and library routines (GA BE 3(a), BE 3(b), BE 3(d), BE 3(e), BE 3(f), BSc (1), BSc (4)).
    3. Be able to use or understand the main techniques of dynamic memory management in C (GA BE 3(a), BE 3(e), BE 3(f), BSc (1)).
    4. Be able to structure larger programs in multiple files (GA BE 3(e), BE 3(f), BSc (1)).
    5. Be able to write simple Python programs (GA BE 3(a), BE 3(b), BE 3(e), BE 3(f), BSc (1)).
    6. Understand the diferences between scripting and procedural programming languages (GA BE 3(a), BE 3(e), BE 3(f), BSc (1)).
    7. Have developed skill at learning new programming languages(GA BE 3(a), BE 3(e), BE 3(f), BSc (1)).

    C: Assignment 1 2.5%
    C: Assignment 2 2.5%
    C: Assignment 3 5%
    C: Lab Project 15%
    Python: Assignment 1 2.5%
    Python: Assignment 2 2.5%
    Python: Lab Project 10%
    Final Examination 60%

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