C/C++ - Introduction to Programming Using C Part 1  Short Courses

This is a hands-on programming short course, the first part of a study of the C/C++ family of languages used to build most of the world's computing systems.

The introductory Programming with C/C++ course starts with programming basics, then focuses on applying programming practice to the C/C++ programming language. It teaches key features of imperative programming using C and is an ideal preliminary to the "Object-Oriented Programming Using C++" short course.

Students are exposed to programming problems and their solutions that highlight key features of imperative programming. You will be given numerous examples and gain transferable knowledge for any programming domain you may wish to progress on to.

Some of the teaching covers the common integrated development environments (IDEs) popular on Windows operating systems; however, all the examples are compatible with compilers running on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X environments.

Why study the Introduction to Programming Course?

Split over 10 weekly evening lessons and taught by an experienced tutor, this course is a great way to get started in programming. By the end of the course you will be able to write a program in C – a fantastic way to develop new skills within programming .

The course is hands-on and you will spend a lot of time developing your coding skills.

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £490.00 CS1576 Apply Now
Wednesday 4 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £490.00 CS1576 Apply Now
Tuesday 16 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £490.00 CS1576 Apply Now
Wednesday 17 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £490.00 CS1576 Apply Now
Tuesday 1 May 2018 18:30 - 21:00 10 weekly classes £490.00 CS1576 Apply Now
Wednesday 2 May 2018 18:30 - 21:00 10 weekly classes £490.00 CS1576 Apply Now

Tutor Info

Kosmas Kosmopoulos has a lot of experience in teaching a broad range of computing-related courses from Business Information Systems to web development. He is currently teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, in a number of institutions including City, University of London, Huron University, Middlesex University and the University of Westminster.

His research interests are in the areas of Sensor Networks, Global Computing, Mobile Learning and Mobile Commerce.


Computer literacy.

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

On the Introduction to Programming Using C/C++ course, you will learn:

  • Language Overview, Development Environment Overview
  • Comment Lines. White space. Key words. Statement separators Functions: main, print, scan. Variables and variable declarations. Variable types I/0 field types and escape sequences used with print and scan
  • Assignment operator. Arithmetic operators. Priority, Associatively, Left values
  • Relational operators, Logical operators. How to avoid logical operator side effects. Ternary operator. Unary operators. How to avoid unary operator side effects
  • Bitwise operators. Combined operators. Casts. The 'if' and if-else' statements. The 'while' and 'do. while' loops. The 'for' loop
  • Nested loops. The 'continue' and 'break' statements. The 'switch' statement. Arrays and pointers
  • Arrays and pointers continued Strings Nested pointers. How to avoid pointer side effects
  • Functions. Standard functions, User defined functions (given time) Pointers to functions. Functions returning pointer. Linked lists

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • write a program in C
  • compile and run it on a PC computer
  • debug it
  • write so as to avoid the worst side effects of bugs.

Teaching and Assessment

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.

Recommended Reading

Handouts will be given in class.

Background reading:

Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie C. (1988) Programming Language. Prentice Hall PTR

Byron S. Gottfried (1996) Schaum's Outline of Programming with C. McGraw-Hill

Leads To...

After this course you can progress to:

Application Deadline: