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Alistair is a gem. I didn't go to a lot of my lectures this semester, but I really wish I had been to more of his. He is incredibly engaging and fun. Heed the warnings of other reviewers, this subject is a lot harder the Foundations of Computing. The very forgiving Python language and beautiful Grok UI are replaced by the somewhat more bare-bones C language and a demand for a little more "Okay I'd better work out how to approach this because it really isn't being given to me for free." The textbook is very good (written by Alistair actually) but if you miss out on a hardcopy because Co-op run out, WAIT FOR THEM TO RESTOCK. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO NOT BUY IT FROM PEARSON AND USE VITALSOURCE BOOKSHELF.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017

Very fun and interesting subject. Requires a lot of work if wanting a good mark. Alistair’s lectures were amazingly funny, and it was a joy attending his lectures.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017

This is a 'practice-makes-perfect' subject. Keep coding and H1 will be yours ! Make sure to consult Moffat's Textbook other than the lectures. Also, do not overlook algorithms/structures ... They appear in the exam !

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

If you liked the problem solving and logic aspect of COMP10001 you'll love this subject. Overall a great introduction to C and algorithms and data structures. Mid sem test pretty g if you revise past papers. Assignments are challenging but fair, possible to get full marks if you start early and are willing to put in the time. Exam has a fair spread of difficulty of questions, not too bad. Try to take this subject in sem 2 if you can so you get Alister Moffart as your lecturer, very passionate and inspiring.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2016

If you're doing this subject straight out of COMP10001, be warned, Algorithms is quite a bit harder (and there are not bonus marks on assignments...). C is a much less forgiving language to work with compared to Python, and the lectures do move fairly quickly at times with the expectation that you are doing plenty of practice. The lecturer was very good I found. Also, to avoid disappointment, be aware that this is still an introductory subject, and so you will not be looking at too many algorithms (mostly just sorting and searching), as you are really just learning to use C/program in general.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015
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