ICS 265

C Programming

3 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course is designed to provide a fast-paced exposure to the C programming language for students majoring in a computer-related discipline. The following topics are briefly reviewed using C syntax: looping, selection, variables, scope rules, functions and pass-by-value arguments. New topics include pass-by-address arguments, formatted and unformatted I/O, user defined types (enum, struct, union), preprocessing directives, file handling, pointers, pointer arithmetic, string manipulation and selected library functions.


Special information

Note: Students are responsible to both be aware of and abide by prerequisites for ICS courses for which they enroll, and will be administratively dropped from a course if they have not met prerequisites.

Learning outcomes


  • Manipulate external data streams using formatted and unformatted I/O.
  • Make effective use of basic constructs such as looping, selection, variables, scope rules, and functions with arguments.
  • Use features such as preprocessing directives and bit operators to solve simple problems in applications such as system programming.
  • Use structs and unions to craft efficient solutions.
  • Write string and character processing code using arrays, pointers, and library functions.
  • Employ standard C coding conventions, proper programming style, and appropriate documentation conventions.