Introduction to programming

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course aims to give the students a thorough and practical introduction to programming by means of a contemporary programming language. 

The course covers central concepts including e.g. variables, expressions, control flow, arrays, and file processing. The lab work consists of compulsory assignments, which are an important part of the course. In several lab sessons, real-life problems from various natural sciences will be solved.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge and skills:

The student

  • knows the principles of algorithmic thinking and programming
  • understands how computer programming may be used to solve problems, motived by the student's own subject specialisation


The student is able to

  • implement simple computer programs
  • make use of available program libraries
  • extend and adapt code written by other programmers
  • process structured data sets by means of a computer

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Autumn and spring
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
I110: 10 stp
INFO132: 10 stp
MIX101: 10 stp
INF109: 10 stp
DATA110: 10 stp
LING123: 5 stp
Fra og med våren 2023: DIGI111: 2,5 Sp
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching consists of lectures and group sessions.

Lectures/ 2 hours per week
Group sessions/ 4 hours per week
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
The course will have compulsory assignments. The assignments are valid two semesters: the semester when they are approved and the succeeding semester.
Forms of Assessment

The following assessments are used in the course:

  • Written (digital) final exam (4 hours).
  • To pass the course, a sufficient number of compulsory assignments and the final exam need to be passed.
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Final exam is arranged every semester.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
Examination Support Material
All written and printed examination aids are allowed.
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course Coordinator
Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact Student adviser
Course Administrator
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences represented by the Department of Informatics is the course administrator for the course and study programme.