Courses & Units

Programming Fundamentals KIT101


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
Unit code KIT101
Credit points 12.5
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
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
ECA Melbourne Semester 1 On-Campus International
ECA Melbourne Semester 2 On-Campus International


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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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 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

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

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. 
Online teaching arrangements may differ and will be advised by your teaching team. 

AssessmentLearning Reflection Report (10%)|Advanced Portfolio (40%)|Pass Portfolio (50%)
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