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PHYS6024 - Intro to Prog for Measurement

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Title:Intro to Prog for Measurement
Long Title:Introduction to Programming for Measurement
Module Code:PHYS6024
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2012/13 ( September 2012 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author:  
Module Description: The module begins by introducing the concept of computing languages before moving on to VisualBasic.Net, a component-based language centred on objects and events. This is followed by an introduction to the program development environment which is used to examine and apply program control structures. Common (user) controls are investigated in order to develop user and program interfaces appropriate for measurement applications.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 describe and explain the fundamental attributes of a component-based language;
LO2 describe and apply a number of program control structures;
LO3 explain and implement subprograms;
LO4 develop program solutions in a component-based language;
LO5 create effective graphical user interfaces appropriate for measurement applications.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction
Concept of a computer language: low-level vs high-level, text-based vs component-based; Introduction to the VB.Net program development environment.
Program Elements
Constants, variables and variable types; expressions; statements; decision (if..then, select..case), repetition (for..next, do..loop).
Objects
Objects: properties, methods, events; Common controls: command button, textbox, scroll bars etc.; Subprograms: event & general procedures, subroutines versus functions. Scope and visibility of variables and code. Projects and solutions.
Subprograms
Subprograms: event & general procedures, subroutines versus functions. Scope and visibility of variables and code.
Projects
Projects and solutions.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Open-book laboratory assessment 2,3,4 10.0 Week 4
Other Written theory assessment 1,2,3 10.0 Week 8
Practical/Skills Evaluation Open-book laboratory assessment 2,3,4,5 15.0 Sem End
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory Assignments 2,3,4,5 15.0 Every Second Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of module content 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Delivery & application of module content 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study & homework 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Mike McGrath 2007, Visual Basic Express in Easy Steps, 1 Ed., Computer Step [ISBN: 978-1840783292]
  • Deitel & Associates 2006, Visual Basic.NET: How to Program, 3 Ed., Prentice Hall [ISBN: 978-0131869004]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Jonathan Harbour 2002, Microsoft Visual Basic.NET Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Prima Tech [ISBN: 978-1592000029]
  • Jeff Kent 2002, Visual Basic.NET: A Beginner's Guide, 1 Ed., Osborne/McGraw-Hill [ISBN: 978-0072131208]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SCISY_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computerised Instrument Systems 4 Mandatory
CR_SINEN_8 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Instrument Engineering 4 Mandatory
CR_SPHYS_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 4 Mandatory
CR_SPRCA_6 Certificate in Process Control and Automation 2 Mandatory
CR_SPHYS_6 Higher Certificate in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 4 Mandatory

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