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HI1200 Computer Programming, Basic Course 6.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus HI1200 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Introduction to programming languages
  • Problem analysis and structured programming
  • Module programmering, debugging and testing
  • Variables, basic and structured data types
  • Sequence, selection and repetition
  • Operators and arithmetics
  • Functions
  • Data files
  • Implementation in a mathematical programming language, such as MatLab.

Intended learning outcomes

The course will be an introduction to programming in an imperative programming language. The course will give a solid ground in programming for coming courses in the program, and also for applied courses in the program such as image processing, automatic control and computer simulations.

To obtain a pass, the student shall know how to write structured programs, where these things are specially important:

  • create easy algorithms for given problems and translate them to program code.
  • use an IDE to write, execute and debug programs.
  • choose and use simple and more complex data types and variables.
  • explain the difference between parameters passed by value and reference parameters. Know how different data types are stored in memory.
  • write functions for well defined problems.
  • break up a problem in sub problems, implement and test, step by step, choosing suitable test data.
  • divide a program in more source files to support abstraction, reuse and maintenance.
  • write programs with help of : top down design, pseudo-code and flowchart
  • use external files for data storage

For higher grades, the student shall also master:

  • analysis of more complex programming tasks. Structuring the solution in more levels including: problem analysis, overall design, well formed graphical user interface, divide the problem in sub problems, modules and functions and implementation.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic computer skills. General entrance requirements. - successful completion of upper secondary education, knowledge of Swedish and English

Recommended prerequisites

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Chapman, MatLab Programming for Engineers, förlag Thomson. ISBN-10 0-495-24451-1.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TENA - Written Examination, 1.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TENB - Lab Examination, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web HI1200

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Main field of study

Information Technology, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Jonas Wåhslén (