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Introduction to Visual Basic 2010

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This course is a good general introduction to computer programming, focusing in particular on the Visual Basic 2010 package.

Topics of the Basic language covered include data types, operators, use of conditional and iterative control statements, mathematical and string functions, arrays, files and error handling.

Topics of the Visual Basic 2010 package include the difference between Console Applications and Windows Forms Applications, form controls, events, timers, the graphical co-ordinate system and accessing Excel spreadsheets.

Assessed work will include the writing of Visual Basic Console Applications and Windows Forms Applications to solve a variety of problems.

Learning and teaching

This module includes a mix of traditional lectures and laboratory sessions. Each meeting starts with a lecture and finishes with a laboratory session.

The syllabus covers:

  • Data types
  • Arithmetic and conditional operators
  • Use of conditional and iterative control statements
  • Mathematical and string functions
  • Arrays
  • Files
  • Error handling
  • Difference between Console Applications and Windows Forms Applications
  • Form controls
  • Events
  • Timers
  • The graphical co-ordinate system
  • Accessing Excel spreadsheets

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

During the course, students will be given assignments to be submitted to the course tutor.  Assessed work will include the writing of Visual Basic Console Applications and Windows Forms Applications to solve a variety of problems.  At the end of the course, there will be a class test.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.