Fall 2021 - CMPT 128 E100

Introduction to Computing Science and Programming for Engineers (3)

Class Number: 4500

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby

    Fr 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    SSCC 9001, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 20, 2021
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BC Math 12 (or equivalent, or any of MATH 100, 150, 151, 154, or 157, with a minimum grade of C-).



An introduction to computing science and computer programming, suitable for students wishing to major in Engineering Science or a related program. This course introduces basic computing science concepts, and fundamentals of object oriented programming. Topics include: fundamental algorithms and problem solving; abstract data types and elementary data structures; basic object-oriented programming and software design; elements of empirical and theoretical algorithmics; computation and computability; specification and program correctness; and history of computing science. The course will use a programming language commonly used in Engineering Science. Students with credit for CMPT 102, 120, 130 or 166 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have taken CMPT 125, 129, 135, or CMPT 200 or higher first may not then take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.


This course is a rigorous introduction to computing science and computer programming, suitable for engineering students. Students will learn fundamental concepts of computing science as well as develop basic skills in software development, with application to engineering problems.



  • Computer Systems, Algorithms, Program design and development, Programming tools
  • Basic data types, Representation of values of variables, Conversion between data types
  • Variables, arithmetic, logical and relational operators, Input and Output,
  • Functions, arguments, return values, scope,
  • Control structures: decision and repetition structures
  • 1D and 2D Arrays, structures, strings
  • Dynamic memory allocation and pointers
  • Recursion, Searching and Sorting, Anallyzing and Comparing Algorithms (Big 0)



To be finalized during the first week. We shall have, amongst other course activities: assignments, lab exercises, in class and/or in lab quizzes, and a final examination.

Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).



Reference Books

  • Intro to Computing Science & Programming for Engineers (custom textbook), Multiple, Pearson, 2017, 9781323688816, textbook

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.