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CSC8016 : Advanced Programming

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Giacomo Bergami
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To give students experience of concurrent programming. The module will provide an overview of concurrent programming in the shared memory model, and concurrent object oriented programming in Java.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic principles of concurrent programming. Thread synchronisation mechanisms.
Challenges of concurrent programming such as interference and deadlocks.
Concurrent programming synchronisation problems: Producer/Consumer problem, Readers/Writers problem.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Lectures (PIP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical102:0020:00Practicals (PIP)
Guided Independent StudyProject work101:0010:00Programming coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study101:0010:00Background reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00Revision for end of semester exam and exam duration
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning. This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.
Students aiming for distinction marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.
Students should set aside sufficient time to revise for the end of semester exam.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination602A40Examination (on-line)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M60Programming coursework (10 hrs)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is intended to test the knowledge and understanding of the material covered in the lectures. The coursework provides further practice in writing programs and using development tools.

N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 40%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 40%

If an exam is not able to run under usual exam conditions, a take home online paper will be used

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