Subject details

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. 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;
  2. describe and apply good program development practices and/or coding style to the production of software;
  3. analyse and debug computer programs to describe their purpose and identify logic and syntactical errors whenever they are present;
  4. explain the principles of intellectual property and how they relate to the ethical considerations surrounding control and availability of information technology;
  5. explain the history and status of information technology by identifying key developments and their relationship with current techniques or technologies; and
  6. understand and apply the tools and commands available in UNIX-type operating systems for tasks relating to software development, basic administration and data processing.
    • As per the subject description given above topics include: control structures; data types; algorithm design and analysis; basic hardware components; a user view of operating system.

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Special requirements

  • TravelDetails - Travel may be required to complete invigilated examination.

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 unit provides foundation knowledge for the study of computer science, introducing techniques for computer program development, using a high-level programming language. This unit 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 unit also includes material throughout designed to introduce students to the social implications, ethics and professional practice in information technology. Through this unit, 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 For more information about UNE examinations please go to: http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/my-course/examinations

  • Assessment 1 - Tutorial Exercises (10%)
  • Assessment 2 - Theory Assignment (10%)
  • Assessment 3 - Programming Task (10%)
  • Assessment 4 - Programming Task (10%)
  • Assessment 5 - Programming Task (10%)
  • Final Invigilated Examination (50%)

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