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Programming Fundamentals XPD124



This unit will provide students with an overview of programming and its role in problem-solving, and strategies for designing solutions to programming problems with reference to the Java programming language. Beginning with the fundamental characteristics of computers and how they represent information, the unit will develop the concepts of data types, declarations (of the data a program will use), expressions (calculations), statements (actions) and text-based input and output. Building on these low-level constructs the unit will examine ways to manage the complexity in a program with control structures, block structure, methods (functions) and their parameters, culminating in the high-level organisational mechanisms of classes and objects. Students will have the opportunity to explore advanced topics such as error handling using exceptions and recursion.


Unit name Programming Fundamentals
Unit code XPD124
Credit points 12.5
College/School Academic Division
Discipline University Pathways
Coordinator Geela Venise (Geela) Chee
Available as an elective?
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply code reading and debugging techniques to analyse, interpret, and describe the purpose of program code, and to identify errors in syntax, logic, style or good practice
  • Describe the principles of structured programming in relation to syntactical elements of the programming language used and the process of program development;
  • Construct small programs, in an object-oriented programming language, that include the use and creation of objects, arrays, methods and parameter passing;
  • Apply functional decomposition to algorithms, document the resulting design, and implement those designs in program code as methods;
  • write external program documentation and apply programming conventions to ensure program code exhibits good style.
  • take initiative and work independently;
  • communicate effectively;
  • use abstraction and computational, creative and critical thinking to problem solve.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
029999 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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