School of Computer Science

Module 30203 (2019)

Module description - Systems Programming in C/C++

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Module Title Systems Programming in C/C++
School School of Computer Science
Module Code 06-30203
Level 2/I
Member of Staff Sujoy Sinha Roy Mohammed Bahja
Semester Semester 1 - 20 credits
  • 06-30175 - Data Structures & Algorithms

Provided via lectures and guided independent study.

Contact hours: Total:200 hours, Lectures: 33 hours, Guided independent study: 167 hours.


The C programming language is widely used for writing programs that closely interact with hardware, most importantly operating systems (e.g. Unix, Linux, MacOS). C++ extends C with some modern features that are useful for structuring very large programs. C and C++ are widely used in industry, for example in game engines. This module introduces students to the challenges of systems-level programming, such as memory safety.


On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of computer architecture
  2. Program in C/C++
  3. Use pointers and memory management in C/C++
  4. Write code that interacts with the OS kernel

Assessments: 2hr Examination (80%), Continuous Assessment (20%) Reassessment: 2hr Examination (100%)