PRG155 - Programming Fundamentals Using "C"

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Subject Title
Programming Fundamentals Using "C"

Subject Description
This is an introductory course in programming using the C programming language.

The course teaches the multi-faceted skills which must be acquired in computer programming, with emphasis on those required for problem solving using a structured methodology. The methodology will be applied to solve a series of typical simple problems in engineering and technology.

The C programming language will be learned and used as the language for coding the programs. The course focuses on the three most fundamental logical structures central to all programming: the sequence, decision, and loop.

Numerous laboratory exercises, assignments and at least one major design project will reinforce the lecture material presented.

Credit Status
One subject credit in the Computer Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology and Technician programs.

One credit towards the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training, Applied Electronic Troubleshooting Techniques certificate program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Design logical program sequence using structured diagrams.
2. Analyze and define a simple application problem requiring input and output.
3. Develop, walk through, and document solutions to simple application problems in engineering and technology using a structured methodology.
4. Create C programming source files.
5. Compile and link source files to produce executable files.
6. Differentiate between debugging and testing, and use variety of methods of debugging and testing.
7. Describe parameters defining a good program with respect to style and efficiency, with particular emphasis on the C programming language.
8. Troubleshoot and design C programs that use user-defined functions and basic control structures.

Essential Employability Skills
Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  1. Computer fundamentals
  2. Structured programming
  3. C Fundamentals
  4. Introduction to Functions
  5. Operators and Decisions
  6. Loops
  7. Functions:  Advanced Topics
  8. Debugging

Mode of Instruction

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory Work
  • Independent Study
  • Projects
Lecture Hours = 2
Lab Hours = 2
Total Hours = 4

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
Class Handouts and assignments

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Labs - 10%
Lab Tests (2@15%) - 30%
Lab Project - 15%
Mid Term - 15%
Final Exam - 30%


  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
    • -writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
    • -spelling and punctuation are correct
    • -sentences are structured correctly
    • -main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
    • -work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
    • -work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
    • -up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:

Laboratory Attendance

The laboratory component is essential and therefore it is strongly recommended  that you attend all labs.  Any missed labs must be supported with a legal document with three days of the lab.  Any student who fails to attend 2 scheduled laboratory classes for a 7 week subject and more than 3 laboratory classes for a 14 week subject will not pass the subject.   

Laboratory Safety
Students are required to review and understand the safety procedures and guidelines outlined on the first class and sign the sheet to this effect before beginning work in the laboratory.  Students must also wear a lab coat and safety glasses when conducting experiments.
A student who arrives without the proper safety equipment will not be permitted to participant in the lab but will be asked to leave the class.  The student will receive no grade for the lab missed.

Approved by: Denis Gravelle