Classes for this module begin in week 3 (25-29 September). To prepare
you for the start of the module, you need to do the following between now
Text book and basic preparation
Get hold of the text book "A First Course in
Computer Programming Using C" by King, Pardoe, & Vickers,
pub. McGraw-Hill, 1995, ISBN 0-07-707913-2. You can pay anything
between £20 and £25 for the book depending on where you buy it.
Blackwell's bookshop by the Roman Catholic cathedral has copies
(£24.99 I think), but you can pay less (£22.39 last time I looked)
by ordering from WH Smith Online (www.bookshop.co.uk
- its title there is given as "A First Course in Programming
Using C", or click
here to find it directly). Note, Amazon (for complicated reasons)
list it as out of print.
You will also use this book for the semester 2 module, CMSCD1004
Programming and Problem Solving.
Read the first three chapters of the book and
attempt the exercises on paper for chapter 2.
Ensure you have a valid computer username and
password as you will need to access the JMU network for the practical
Make sure you are familiar with logging on to the
network and editing and creating basic text files (e.g. using Notepad
Try finding and running the Borland C++ compiler on
the JMU network.
Learning style questionnaire
We want to conduct research into the way people learn so
that we can find out more about the best way to teach subjects like
programming. Therefore, you should complete the on-line questionnaire that
is accessed by clicking here. Your answers to
this questionnaire will be treated in strictest confidence and your
assessment will not be affected by it. Note, this questionnaire can only
be accessed from a JMU networked computer (it is not available outside the