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Introduction to programming for engineers 7.5 credits

Introduktion till programmering för ingenjörer
First cycle, D0017E
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Computer Science
Subject group (SCB)
Computer Technology
Main field of study
Engineering Physics and Electrical Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics 3c (specifik entry A8). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics D (specifik entry 8)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim

After the course, the student will be able to

  • Demonstrate knowledge of proven experience in design and construction of imperative programs and capacity to plan and carry out advanced tasks in the form of implementation of imperative programs designed to solve specific technical problems
  • Demonstrate the ability to model problems and to identify and formulate solutions in a modern imperative language
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze and evaluate technical solutions in the form of existing programs in imperative languages​​, as well as predict and evaluate sequences of events in these

  • Introduction to program development and development environments.
  • Variables and program states, choice, iteration, recursion.
  • Arithmetic and logic expressions, strings, text processing and memory management.
  • Generalization, parameterization and function abstraction.
  • Dynamic data structures, the file concept, standard libraries and error handling.
  • References and pointers vs. values.
  • Introduction to objects.
  • Problem solving, program structure and documentation.


Instruction consists of lectures, seminars and laboratory work. Lab assignments are reported in writing or by demonstration, and may be associated with a deadline. Homework assignments that render credit marks on the subsequent written exam may also occur during the course. During the course, a guest lecture will be held by a company in order to demonstrate how software development is performed in the industry.

Written exam as well as written or oral lab assignment reports. Passing the lab assignment part of the course requires a passed grade on all individual assignments.

The examination consists of two parts:

  • Written exam 4.5 HP (G U 3 4 5)
  • Laboratory work 3 HP (U G#)


The course can not be included in a degree together with the course D0014E ANSI-C programming, D0009E Introduction to programming, or the old courses SMD134 or SMD170.

Transition terms
The course  is equal to the course D0009E and SMD180

Fredrik Sandin

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Stephen G Kochan, Programming in C (4th Edition) 2014, ISBN: 9780321776419
Stephen G Kochan, Programming in C (3rd Edition), ISBN-13: 075-2063326664
ISBN-10: 0672326663

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryA12
0002Laboratory workU G#3.00MandatoryA12

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 13 Mar 2012

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 15 Feb 2019