cse5ces c prog engineers and scientist




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces procedural programming to engineering students via the C programming language. Topics include the C compiler and pre-processor, functions and programming structures, pointers and arrays, structures, input/output and the UNIX interface.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSomnath Ghosh

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in one of the following courses: SMIT, SMITCN, SMICT, SMCSC, SMBBS, SGBBS, SGCS, SGIT, SMELE or SMTNE.


Incompatible subjects CSE1CES and Students in the following courses are not permitted to enrol: SBCS, SBIT, SBCSGT, SVCSE, SZCSC, SBITP and SBBIY.

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsC Programming A modern approachPrescribedK.N.KingW.W.Norton

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Construct correct solutions to advanced programming problems using algorithms.

Students have 7 lectures describing basic C syntax and design with advanced lectures discussing higher level data structures and problem solving. Students are required to construct correct solutions to problems in the assignment, 10 laboratories and 1 exam.

02. Accurately transform algorithms into C-code to produce a working program consisting of complex C features such as function pointers and recursive procedures.

In laboratories, assignments and lectures students are required to transform algorithms to equivalent C code in the assignment, 10 laboratories and 1 exam. The CSE5CES students will be need to use more complex features of C than CSE1CES when doing labs and the exam. These features include function pointers and recursive procedures.

03. Analyse complex examples of C-code accurately to identify syntax and logical errors.

In lectures students are taught correct syntax and logical design along with debugging tools to identify errors in code. Students are required to identify mistakes in C code in the 10 laboratories and 1 exam.

04. Construct C code with no memory management errors.

5 lectures cover specific topics of memory allocation, file I/O and higher level data structures Students are required to write C code with correct memory management usage in 4 laboratories, the assignment and the exam.

05. Determine the output of a given C program.

Students are shown code samples in lectures where a walkthrough of the code with associated outputs is provided. Students are required to write down the output of given C programs in 1 exam.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRichard Lai

Class requirements

Laboratory Class
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week and delivered via face-to-face.

Two 1.0 hours lecture per week and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Laboratory work (10 x 2-hour labs)1001, 02, 03, 04
One 3-hour examHurdle requirement: Students are required to achieve greater than 50% for the non-exam components to pass the subject.5001, 02, 03, 04, 05
Two Assignments (equivalent to 1250 words)3001, 02, 04
Quizzes1001, 02, 03, 04, 05