MPCS 51100 Advanced Programming (Autumn 2022)

Section 1
Instructor(s) Siegel, Andrew (siegela)
Location JCL 011
Meeting Times Monday 6pm - 7:30pm
Fulfills Core Programming


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.

Course Prerequisites

Advanced Pass on the programming placement exam.

MPCS students can not take this class if they have already taken a Core Programming class. Only one Core Programming class will be counted towards MPCS degree requirements. This can not be counted as an elective class.

Other Prerequisites

To take this class, students must take the programming placement exam and receive an “Advanced Pass” score on the exam (the minimum score for an "Advanced Pass” is specified at the time of the exam).

This course requires competency in Unix and Linux. Please plan to attend the MPCS Unix Bootcamp ( or review the UChicago CS Student Resource Guide here:

CAPP, MACSS and MSME students interested in taking this class should talk with their program's advisor.

Overlapping Classes

This class is scheduled at a time that conflicts with these other classes:

  • MPCS 50101-1 -- Concepts of Programming
  • MPCS 51036-1 -- Java Programming
  • MPCS 51040-1 -- C Programming
  • MPCS 51042-1 -- Python Programming
  • MPCS 51240-1 -- Product Management

Eligible Programs

Masters Program in Computer Science Bx/MS in Computer Science (Option 3: Profesionally-oriented - Non-CS Majors) Masters Program in Computer Science (new students)