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Problem-Solving for Programming

Short name: PFP
SITS code: BUCI006H4
Credits: 15
Level: 4
Module leader: Gordon McIntyre
Online material:


  • to understand the relationship between programming, problem solving and algorithms
  • to use a problem solving framework and a range of problem solving strategies to solve programming problems.
  • to deal with elements of sequence, condition and iteration in complex problems.
  • to work with data, data types, logical operators and Boolean algebra
  • to help students create algorithmic solutions using both a procedural and an object-orientated approach to problem solving.


  • Introduction: programming, algorithms and psuedo code.
  • Problem Solving frameworks and strategies: sequence, choice and repitition, control structures.
  • Data types, variables, logical operators.
  • Procedural and object-orientated paradigms.


Indicative timetables can be found in the handbooks available on programme pages. Personalised teaching timetables for students are available via My Birkbeck.