Unit aim

Introduces the basic principles of programming using a block-structured procedural programming language in a command-line environment. Students will gain a thorough theoretical and practical understanding of the programming process, including the ability to write and debug structured programs, stepwise refine code, use top-down development, develop appropriate algorithms and write modularised code using blocks and functions. Emphasis in the unit is at all times on a sound understanding of the principles involved, with particular attention being paid to worked examples to demonstrate these principles in a clear and straightforward fashion.

Unit content

Topic 1 The program conversion process
Topic 2 Writing a program
Topic 3 Introduction to the debugging process
Topic 4 Introduction to stepwise refinement
Topic 5 Control structures 1: Selection
Topic 6 Control structures 2: Iteration
Topic 7 Arrays
Topic 8 String handling
Topic 9 File handling
Topic 10 Methods
Topic 11 User defined data types
Topic 12 Revision

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12)
Assessment
Online2%
TBC2%
Online3%
Online3%
TBC40%
Exam: closed book50%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12)
Assessment
Online2%
TBC2%
Online3%
Online3%
TBC40%
Exam: closed book50%

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12)
Assessment
Online2%
TBC2%
Online3%
Online3%
TBC40%
Exam: closed book50%
Notice

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