Introduction to Programming

This is an introductory course to computer science at Bachelor's level, that focuses on basic concepts of structured and object-oriented programming, using C as programming language, and for the object-oriented part: C#


Topics include

  • Software engineering concepts, programming paradigms
  • C Syntax: Basic data types, control flows, arrays, functions, pointers, structures
  • Classes and objects
  • Graphical user interfaces

The course description in German can be found: here on the Campusboard-platform of the university.

Learning goals

Students learn methods and concepts of programming and how to use them to solve technical and mathematical problems. The focus is on structured programming (variables and data types, control statements, arrays and functions) and the basics of object-oriented programming.

After completing the course, students are able to describe basic concepts of software development, explain the methods and concepts of structured programming, design solution algorithms using flow charts and Nassi-Shneiderman diagrams and implement the previously designed algorithms as C Basic programs. We use Microsoft Visual Studio as Integrated Development Environment.


Here a selection of recommended readings.

  • Thomas Theis: Einstieg in C. Für Programmiereinsteiger geeignet, Galileo Press, 2014.
  • Manfred Daussman, C als erste Programmiersprache: Vom Einsteiger zum Fortgeschrittenen. Vieweg, 2010.
  • Axel Böttcher, Franz Kneißl. Informatik für Ingenieure: Grundlagen und Programmierung in C. Oldenbourg Verlag, 1999.
  • Brian Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, The C programming language. Prentice-Hall, 2010.
  • Visual Studio C Language Reference,


As software, we use Visual Studio 2019 Community Edition.