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COMP 2717 - C Programming 2

Computer Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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Course Details

The C programming language is the foundation for all modern programming languages. This hands-on lab course replaces COMP 3425, continuing on from COMP 2617. It is only for those programmers who already understand programming and the basics of the C language. Students will understand how to develop applications with the C language at an intermediate level. They gain experience with the build process, and learn to create multi-file projects, access data files and use data structures. Topics include; link lists, pointers and how to create a modular program design. Learning to use the C language properly will improve application development skills in many programming language and scripting environments. It is still widely used in low-level hardware applications for device drivers. Successful participants will not gain knowledge of procedural programming, but be able to build applications in the C language. This course is no longer offered, students may complete COMP 2510 or COMP 2511.


COMP 2617



This course was retired after the Fall 2019 term and is no longer offered through BCIT Part-time Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop medium size C program.
  • Use the C language in a disciplined manner.
  • Take advantage of C's pre-processor capabilities.
  • Do input and output the "C" way (printf(), scanf(), etc.).
  • Use Command Line Arguments and IO Redirection.
  • Use the intermediate and advanced features of the C language including: structs, unions, enumerated types and bit manipulations.
  • Perform complex string manipulations.
  • Utilize the C Standard Library.
  • Understand the key differences between programming in C and C++.
  • Use the C language dynamic memory allocation (malloc, calloc, realloc and free).
  • Implement data structures in C, such as linked lists, stacks, queues and binary trees.
  • Create real world software applications using the C language as a tool to solve problems.

Effective as of Winter 2010

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