Tutor: Dr Jianliang Liam Gao
Course Level: Level 1
Prerequisites: No previous programming experience is assumed or required
Course Duration: 3x 2 hour sessions
Format: Microsoft Teams with live teaching and hands-on practice

Course Description

MATLAB is one of the most popular coding languages for mathematical problems. It has a shallow learning curve for mathematics, comes with a lot of built-in tools, and interactivity and debugging is quite easy. Developed in the 1970s as a tonic to compiled languages like Fortran, its latest version is available to all Imperial students and staff as part of a college-wide licence.

This course teaches the fundamentals of programming with MATLAB. You will learn about the basic building blocks of the language and work with simple examples using the MATLAB built-in environment.


  • Where MATLAB sits among other programming languages / mathematical software
  • Awareness of the MATLAB desktop environment
  • Command-line arithmetic 
  • Use of variables
  • Creating vectors and matrices
  • Matrix arithmetic
  • Matrix manipulation
  • Saving and reading data
  • Plotting in 2D and 3D
  • Writing and calling simple scripts and functions
  • Debugging

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Use MATLAB software to run scripts
  • Apply fundamental components of the MATLAB language including variables, loops, conditionals and functions
  • Create programs designed to solve simple problems
  • Interpret common errors and use these to help debug a program

Pre-Course setup 


Tuesday 04 May 2021, 10:00-12:00 (Part One)
Thursday 06 May 2021, 10:00-12:00 (Part Two)
Friday 07 May 2021, 10:00-12:00 (Part Three)


Summary of the table's contents

Students must attend all parts to be awarded the course credit