Problem Solving Through Programming In C

By Prof. Anupam Basu   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 29073
This course is aimed at enabling the students to
  1. Formulate simple algorithms for arithmetic and logical problems
  2. Translate the algorithms to programs (in C language)
  3. Test and execute the programs and  correct syntax and logical errors
  4. Implement conditional branching, iteration and recursion
  5. Decompose a problem into functions and synthesize a complete program using divide and conquer approach
  6. Use arrays, pointers and structures to formulate algorithms and programs
  7. Apply programming to solve matrix addition and multiplication problems and searching and sorting problems 
  8. Apply programming to solve simple numerical method problems, namely rot finding of function, differentiation of function and simple integration
INTENDED AUDIENCE : BE/BTech  in all disciplines BCA/MCA/M. Sc
INDUSTRY SUPPORT   : All IT Industries
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction to Problem Solving through programs, Flowcharts/Pseudo codes, the compilation process, Syntax and Semantic errors, Variables and Data Types 
Week 2 : Arithmetic expressions, Relational Operations, Logical expressions; Introduction to Conditional Branching
Week 3 : Conditional Branching and Iterative Loops
Week 4 : Arranging things : Arrays
Week 5 : 2-D arrays, Character Arrays and Strings 
Week 6 : Basic Algorithms including Numerical Algorithms
Week 7 : Functions and Parameter Passing by Value
Week 8 : Passing Arrays to Functions, Call by Reference
Week 9 : Recursion
Week 10 : Structures and Pointers
Week 11 : Self-Referential Structures and Introduction to Lists
Week 12 : Advanced Topics

Books and references

1. Byron Gottfried, Schaum's Outline of Programming with C, McGraw-Hill
2.  E. Balaguruswamy, Programming in ANSI C, Tata McGraw-Hill

Reference Books
1. Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie, The C Programming Language, Prentice Hall of India

Instructor bio

Prof. Anupam Basu

IIT Kharagpur
Anupam Basu is Professor in the Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, and has been an active researcher in the areas of Cognitive and Intelligent Systems, Embedded Systems and Language Processing, Presently he is acting as the Chairman and Head of the Center for Educational Technology, IIT Kharagpur. He has developed several embedded system based tools empowering the physically challenged and has led several national projects in the area.

He has taught at the University of California, Irvine at the Center for Embedded Systems. He is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. The awards won by him include the State Award for the Best Contribution to the Cause of Empowerment of the Disabled (2014), Universal Design Award 2011, for contributions in design for the disabled, by National Council for Promotion of Employment of Disabled Persons, India, the National Award for the Best Technology Innovation for the Physically Disabled (2007) and the Da-Vinci Award 2004 from the Engineering Society of Detroit. 

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


This course will have an unproctored programming exam also apart from the Proctored exam, please check announcement section for date and time. The programming exam will have a weightage of 25% towards the Final score.

Final score = Assignment score + Unproctored programming exam score + Proctored Exam score
  • Assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. 
  • ( All assignments in a particular week will be counted towards final scoring - quizzes and programming assignments). 
  • Unproctored programming exam score = 25% of the average scores obtained as part of Unproctored programming exam - out of 100
  • Proctored Exam score =50% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100


If any one of the 3 criteria is not met, you will not be eligible for the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

NOTE: Please note that we will not consider the unproctored programming exam score for certification in January 2023.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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