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Programming Techniques

This course is suitable for you who are curious about programming in practice. Among other things, you will learn fundamental computer concepts and programming in a modern programming language.

During the course, you will work practically with programming, with smaller exercises and an individual project.

Course contents

The course covers: Fundamental computer concepts. Programming in a modern programming language. Data structures and classes. Problem solving by dividing the problem into sub-problems. Program structuring. Several small programming exercises and one larger, individual programming exercise with emphasis on structuring and specification of the modules being used.

  • Course structure

    The course consists of three elements; theory, an individual assignment and practical exercises.

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures and practical exercises.


    Examination for the course is done with a written examination, and written and oral presentation of the pracitcal exercises and the individual assignment. To pass the course, you need to pass all three elements.

    Assessment when the course is given as a distance course

    Normally the written examination takes place on campus even when the course is given as a distance course. If you cannot come to Stockholm for the exam, you may be able to arrange to take the exam elsewhere, e.g. at another university or (if you are not in Sweden) at a Swedish embassy or consulate.

    More information (in Swedish) about taking exams elsewhere


    A list of examiners can be found on

    Exam information

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    John V Guttag: Introduction to Computation and Programming using Python

    Supplementary reading (in Swedish): Jan Skansholm: Python från början

    List of course literature Department of Mathematics

  • Course reports

  • More information

    New student
    During your studies

    Course web

    We do not use Athena, you can find our course webpages on

  • Contact

    Student advisor in computer science and scientific computing
    Student affairs office