First Cycle - Faculty of Engineering - Computer Engineering (English)
Y : Year of Study S : Semester
Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course Y S ECTS
CSE4060 Principles of Programming Languages Compulsory 4 7 5
Objectives of the Course
To gain an understanding of the basic structure of programming languages including data types, variables and parameter passing.
Learning Outcomes
1 To teach dynamic and static memory management.
2 To teach parameter passing techinques (for variables declared in procedures/functions/methods)
3 To distinguish between variable declarations in programming languages, in particular binding, scope, and substitution of variables
4 To describe the notion of type in programming languages
5 To teach fundamental concepts on programming languages.
Mode of Delivery
Formal Education
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
Syntax and semantics of programming languages, grammars, design of programming languages, data types, variables, expressions and statements, procedures, recursion, parameter passing, dynamic and static memory management. Comparative study of functional, logic and object-oriented programming languages.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
Week Theoretical Practice Laboratory
1 Introduction
2 Syntax and semantics of programming languages and grammars
3 Static Semantics (Attribute grammar)
4 Semantics (Operational semantics, Denotational semantics)
5 Logic Programming Languages
6 Functional Programming Languages
7 Static and dynamic binding
8 Midterm Exam Study
9 Midterm Exam
10 Lifetime
11 Referencing Environment
12 Scope (Scope rules, Referencing operations, Static/Dynamic scoping)
13 Subprogram Implementation
14 Data Types
15 Expressions and Control Structures
16 Final Exam Study
17 Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
R.W. Sebesta Concepts of Programming Languages. 5th edition. Addison Wesley, 2002.
R. Sethi Programming Languages: Concepts and Constructs. 2nd edition. Addison Wesley. 1996.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Lecture Notes, handouts, programming examples.
Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Exam150
Homework Exam430
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Exam175
Project Exam125
Language of Instruction
Language Codes
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
Activities Number Time (hours) Total Work Load (hours)
Theoretical 14 3 42
Pre Class Self Study 14 1 14
Post Class Self Study 14 1 14
Midterm Preparation 1 10 10
Final Preparation 1 13 13
Home Work 4 3 12
Project 1 20 20
Total 49 51 125
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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