Programming Concepts (Previously COS10012) - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Portfolio - (Individual) (100%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,925.00
Domestic continuing 1,180.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 3,175.00
International continuing 1,430.00

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This unit aims to introduce students to basic structured programming concepts needed for programming development in a variety of environments such as spreadsheets, web, desktop and mobile applications. Students will apply basic design and useability concepts to simple applications.

After successfully completing this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic structured programming concepts and constructs
  2. Use programming skills and basic usability principles to design and implement simple applications
  3. Contrast applications generated by Content Management Systems with those created by software developers
  4. Apply testing strategies to demonstrate that an application meets its specifications
  • Portfolio — (Individual) (100%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • COS10012 — Programming Concepts

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Basic programming components & constructs using a programming language such as JavaScript
2Basics of good design, useability
3Basics of good testing techniques
4Using programming concepts to extend applications developed using Content Management Systems such as WordPress and WordPress Frameworks)
5Dealing with data files
6Dealing with an object model (such as a spreadsheet object model)
7Automating spreadsheet functionality

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