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COMP2209 Programming III

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce students to recursion and to the principles of recursive, applicative and functional programming. In it, they will use various functional abstractions to control the complexity of programming, and will use abstraction mechanisms in programming. They will also study the principles of program evaluation and explore the evaluation mechanism via a meta-circular evaluator.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The key mechanisms underpinning the functional programming model
  • The principles of evaluation of programming language
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Discuss and perform the decomposition of problems using procedural, data and metalinguistic abstractions
  • Understand the concept of functional programming and be able to write programs in this style.
  • Reason about evaluation mechanisms
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Program in a functional style
  • Evaluate programs step by step


Recursive Techniques recursion on numbers, lists, trees, graphs. Procedural Abstraction: - Procedures as arguments - Procedures as return values Objects: - Structures - Closures - Streams and delayed evaluation Metalinguistic Abstraction Environment model: - Evaluation - Interpreters - Functional programming techniques in object oriented languages

Learning and Teaching

Completion of assessment task29
Wider reading or practice27
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Follow-up work18
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Graham Hutton (2016). Programming in Haskell. 

Abelson H and Sussman GJ with Sussman J (1996). Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 60%
Final Assessment  40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: COMP1202 AND COMP1206

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