Introduction to Programming in The Sciences
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- develop logical and well structured computer programs in a high-level programming language;
- solve scientific and engineering problems by designing and implementing algorithms in a high-level programming language;
- analyse and debug computer programs to describe their purpose and identify logic and syntactical errors whenever they are present;
- apply the tools and commands available in UNIX-type operating systems for tasks relating to basic administration and data processing;
- demonstrate the ability to apply the concepts taught to a range of topics in computational mathematics; and
- demonstrate a knowledge of the basic principles of computational error and limits of accuracy.
- 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.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
- 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 - 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. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
- 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.
This subject will introduce students to programming in the sciences and engineering. Students will learn to program in a high level programming language and fundamental concepts, including conditional branching, looping, and recursion. Furthermore, this subject will develop quantitative skills in the sciences and engineering. Problem solving skills will be developed via hands-on quantitative problems of broad interest in the sciences and engineering.
Students will also undertake an in-depth study of algorithms for common tasks in numerical analysis which could include: solving linear equations, interpolation, root finding, least squares curve fitting, numerical integration, random numbers and Monte Carlo methods, and numerical solutions to ordinary differential equations.
Assessment 1: This assignment will contain a mixture of pure programming exercises and questions applying the learned programming techniques to computational problems in mathematics, science and engineering. Relates to Learning Outcomes (LOs) 1-6 Assessment 2: This assignment will contain a mixture of pure programming exercises and questions applying the learned programming techniques to computational problems in mathematics, science and engineering. Relates to Learning Outcomes (LOs) 1-6 Final Examination. 2 hrs 15 mins. It is mandatory to pass this component in order to pass this subject. There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit. 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 (20%)
- Assessment 2 (20%)
- Final Examination (60%)