This unit introduces fundamental programming skills, developing students' ability to think algorithmically to solve problems and to express their ideas in well-constructed Python code. Beginning with the fundamental characteristics of computers and how they represent information, the unit develops the concepts of data types, variables, expressions (calculations), statements (actions), and text-based input and output. Building on these low-level constructs, the unit examines ways to manage program complexity with control structures (for making decisions), functions and their parameters, built-in and custom data structures, and higher-level organisational mechanisms such as modules. Students will have the opportunity to explore advanced topics such as error handling and recursion.
|Unit name||Programming Fundamentals|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Information and Communication Technology
|Discipline||Information & Communication Technology|
|Coordinator||Doctor Lawrence Sambrooks|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania and Third Party(ies): ECA|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|ECA Melbourne||Semester 1||On-Campus||International|
|ECA Melbourne||Semester 2||On-Campus||International|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- apply code reading and debugging techniques to analyse, interpret, and describe the purpose of program code, and to identify and correct errors in syntax, logic, and/or style
- apply the principles of structured programming to the design and implementation of algorithms as computer programs
- construct small programs that include the use and creation of functions, lists, and other data structures
- apply functional decomposition to algorithms, document the resulting design, and implement the design as programming modules and functions
- write external program documentation and apply programming conventions to ensure program code exhibits good style
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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:JEE101|XPD124
On-campus enrolments in Hobart and Launceston: 2 hours/week videos and reading, 2 hours/week whole of class workshop, and 2 hours/week computer laboratories.
On-Campus Melbourne teaching arrangements may differ and will be advised by your teaching team.
|Assessment||Learning Reflection Report (10%)|Advanced Portfolio (40%)|Pass Portfolio (50%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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