Courses & Units

Programming Fundamentals KIT101


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 (for making decisions), methods (functions) and their parameters, culminating in the high-level organisational mechanisms of records, 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 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 2 On-Campus International


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

* 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).

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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
  • apply the principles of structured programming to the design and implementation of algorithms as computer programs
  • 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

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
029999 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
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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 & reading, 2 hours/week whole of class workshop, 2 hours/week tutorials

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%)|Test 1 (10%)|Test 2 (10%)|Pass Portfolio (30%)|Advanced Portfolio (40%)
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