Advanced Programming

Title Advanced Programming (51100)
Quarter Autumn 2015
Instructor Andrew Siegel (


Course Description
MPCS 51100 - Advanced Programming fulfils the MPCS Core Programming requirement, but is intended for students who are joining the program with an existing degree in Computer Science, or with substantial experience in programming. This course will be taught primarily in C, including an accelerated introduction to the C language for students who have not used C before. The course will cover advanced data structures and topics in concurrent and multicore programming not covered in the Java Programming or C Programming courses.


  • Week 1: C intensive overview
  • Week 2: Trees
  • Week 3: Hash tables
  • Week 4: Union finds
  • Week 5: Graphs
  • Week 6: Intro to multicore/pthreads programming model
  • Week 7: Applications of multicore -- example problems
  • Week 8: Alternative approaches: java task-based, OpenMP, etfc.
  • Week 9: Building larger codes: software engineering, abstraction, development tools, compilers, etc.
  • Week 10: Course projects/special topics

Note: Although some of the above topics overlap with topics covered in C Programming and Java Programming, they are covered in more depth (and at a faster pace) in this class.


Prerequisites (Courses)

To take this class, students must meet one of the following requirements:

For students who have taken the programming immersion course, a minimum grade of A- plus the endorsement of the MPCS 50101 instructor will be required.

For students who take the programming placement exam, they must score a “High Pass” score (the minimum score for a “High Pass” is specified at the time of the exam).

Prerequisites (Other)


Core Programming


Mondays, 5:30-8:30


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