Languages and Compilers


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The student is recommended to have programming experience and knowledge of imperative and object-oriented programming

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students should acquire knowledge about essential principles of programming languages​​, and understand techniques for description and translation of languages ​​in general, including:

  • the principle of abstraction, control and data structures, explicit and implicit execution order, block structure and scope concept, parameter mechanisms, types and type equivalence
  • translation, including lexical, syntactic, and static semantic analysis, as well as code generation
  • driving time environments, including data presentation, storage allocation, and sub-program support structures: methods, procedures, and functions
  • Concepts and techniques for the description and implementation of object-oriented and function-oriented languages.


  • bBe able to explain the relevant techniques and concepts in language design and compiler construction using the terminology and notation for the description and implementation of programming languages
  • be able to explain how implementation techniques influence language design
  • be able to reason about concepts and techniques relevant for computer science


  • be able to describe, analyze and implement programming languages
  • be able to explain each step and the relationship between the phases of a compiler

Type of instruction

See the general description of the types of instruction described in § 17.

Extent and expected workload

It is expected that the student uses 30 hours per ECTS, which for this activity means 150 hours



Name of examLanguages and Compilers
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Contact: The Study board for Computer Science at or 9940 8854

Facts about the module

Danish titleSprog og oversættere
Module codeDSNCSITK222
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Computer Science (IT)
Study BoardStudy Board of Computer Science
DepartmentDepartment of Computer Science
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design