(taught in English)

3 + 3 Credit Points,   Periods 1 - 3,   Autumn 2001 and Spring 2002


Pierre Flener, PhD, docent
pierref at
MIC, room 1-336


The main objective is to make students familiar with the fundamental principles and methodologies of programming, using the functional programming language Standard ML (SML, or simply ML) as the teaching medium. The lectures are by the instructor and have a theoretical flavour.

Some practice of programming (in ML) is acquired through frequent assignments, which are to be prepared at home, then tried on the computer in labs under assistant supervision, then submitted, and finally graded and discussed in lessons by the assistants.


Michael R. Hansen and Hans Rischel
Introduction to Programming using SML
Addison-Wesley, 1999


Moscow ML
New Jersey SML
Frequently Asked Questions about SML
IT Dept: Online Documentation
IT Dept: Datorhandboken


Attendance at the lectures is not mandatory, but highly recommended. Free printed copies of my slides are handed out in the classroom:

You are supposed to study the Problem Solving chapters of the textbook (namely Chapters 4, 6, 13, and 16) as well as its Appendices by yourselves.

Lessons, Labs, Assistants, Groups, and Assignments

My wonderful team of assistants has prepared a page with all you will ever want to know about the lessons, the labs, the assistants, the groups, and the assignments and about the offered supplemental instruction.

Exams & Grading

Part 1 of this course has 3 credit points, distributed over 2 credit points for the exam and 1 credit point for the assignments. Part 2 of this course has 3 credit points, distributed over 2.2 credit points for the exam and 0.8 credit points for the assignments.

An exam, whether the first or the second one, of a part goes over 80 exam points. Every assignment has a specific deadline and a number of bonus points, with a total of 20 bonus points over the set of assignments of a part:

The credit points for the assignments of a part are awarded for the period during which you complete the collection of pass grades for all the assignments of the period(s) during which you actually took that part of the course. Note that no bonus points are necessary to get these credit points.

The credit points for the exam of a part are awarded for the period during which the exam is taken if your added exam points and bonus points or just your exam points are at or above 55% of the possible total. Furthermore, a med beröm godkänd (5) grade is earned for the interval 85%..100%, while an icke utan beröm godkänd (4) grade is earned for the interval 70%..84%, and a godkänd (3) grade is earned for the interval 55%..69%. In all other cases, an underkänd (U) grade is earned.

These rules are effective as of 5 June 2002. The instructor reserves the right to modify them at any moment, should special circumstances call for this.

Old Exams (all slightly revised, for better practice):
Exam 1 of part 1 in HT01   Exam 2 of part 1 in HT01
Exam 1 of part 2 in VT02   Exam 2 of part 2 in VT02
Also see the old exams of the equivalent PM1 course.

Office Hours

I will try and answer all questions that none of my assistants could answer (so ask them first!) or should address: catch me during any hour that immediately follows a lecture, in person or on the phone. Outside these hours, I cannot guarantee a fast turn-around on questions.


Check here if you used one of my many abbreviations and notations when copying from the board, but cannot remember what it means...

Last updated 21 October 2003.