Courses & Units

Programming Principles ZAT113

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


In this unit, you will be introduced to principles, standards and methods of computer programming. This will include a broad overview of various computer languages, technical standards, software development lifecycle (SDLC) approaches, and application architectures. You will examine best practices in software development, including documentation, modelling, prototyping, testing and debugging procedures, and assess the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to programming and application design. Through practical guided exercises, you will also learn how to use an application programming interface (API) to design and develop application elements, including syntax, variables, data types, operations, flow control structures, arrays, functions and file input/output.


Unit name Programming Principles
Unit code ZAT113
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Technologies

David Wood

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Term 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 2 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 2 27/4/2020 18/5/2020 2/6/2020 3/7/2020

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Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and apply principles of programming application, design and constructs

2. Apply problem solving skills and coding techniques to develop programs

3. Analyse problem specifications to propose programming solutions

4. Identify, evaluate and use relevant discipline tools and techniques

5. Identify and evaluate relevant behaviours, principles and perspectives in the workplace

6. Use reflective and deliberate thinking to generate plans for self-development

7. Apply practice and discipline based skills and knowledge to communicate solutions to real world problems



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,402.00 020103

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Teaching Pattern

Teaching material and tutorial support will be provided weekly through MyLo during the term.

Students will be required to attend two to three on campus  practical sessions per term (2-3 hours per session).

Internet access is required for this course as students are required to access study materials provided online through MyLO. Please log into MyLO on the first day of each teaching period.


AT1: Programming Assignment - Report based on weekly programming tasks and practical sessions (30%)

AT2: Project Proposal - Reflective and analytical proposal for programming solution (20%)

AT3: Practical Project - Part A - Hardware and software development and Part B -Project wrap up and report (50%)

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