Introduction to Programming and the UNIX Environment
Take a structured approach to solving complex problems. Build foundation knowledge for further study of computer science. Learn to use UNIX-type operating systems to develop and debug programs. Get involved in practical exercises and assignments.
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- 02 Mar 2020
- 29 Jun 2020
- 26 Oct 2020
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- solve problems using a structured approach by constructing and implementing algorithms using a high-level programming language, making use of a range of data-types, control structures, parameter passing, functions and procedures;
- describe and apply good program development practices and/or coding style to the production of software;
- analyse and debug computer programs to describe their purpose and identify logic and syntactical errors whenever they are present;
- explain the principles of intellectual property and how they relate to the ethical considerations surrounding control and availability of information technology;
- explain the history and status of information technology by identifying key developments and their relationship with current techniques or technologies; and
- understand and apply the tools and commands available in UNIX-type operating systems for tasks relating to software development, basic administration and data processing.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
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- EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- SoftwareDetails - Please refer students to link for requirements: http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component.
- TravelDetails - Travel may be required to attend the Final Examination for this subject.
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Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Modern software development comprises a multi-billion dollar industry, where problem-solving skills along with a solid understanding of programming techniques and practices are vital for producing high quality software. This subject provides foundation knowledge for the study of computer science, introducing techniques for computer program development, using a high-level programming language. This subject will place emphasis on a structured approach for solving complex problems by developing and implementing algorithms that break them down into their component tasks and procedures. Learning is re-enforced throughout the unit through practical exercises and assignments that challenge students with interesting problems. The subject also includes material throughout designed to introduce students to the social implications, ethics and professional practice in information technology. Through this subject, students will gain experience using UNIX-type operating systems for developing and debugging computer programs.
Topics include: control structures; data types; algorithm design and analysis; basic hardware components; a user view of operating system.
Assessment 1: Tutorial exercises. 10 tutorial exercises @ 1% each. All exercises must be attempted. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3. Assessment 2: Theory assignment. All assignments must be attempted. Relates to Learning Outcomes 4 and 5. Assessment 3: Programming Task. All assignments must be attempted. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 6 Assessment 4: Programming Task. All assignments must be attempted. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 6. Assessment 5: Programming Tasks. All assignments must be attempted. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 6. Final Examination. 2 hours and 15 mins. It is mandatory to pass this examination in order to pass the unit. Relates to Learning Outcomes: LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 UNE manages supervised exams associated with your UNE subjects. Prior to census date, UNE releases exam timetables. They’ll email important exam information directly to your UNE email address.
- Assessment 1 - Tutorial Exercises (10%)
- Assessment 2 - Theory Assignment (10%)
- Assessment 3 - Programming Task (15%)
- Assessment 4 - Programming Task (15%)
- Assessment 5 - Programming Task (15%)
- Final Invigilated Examination (Online) (35%)
Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist 2nd ed.
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