COMP SCI 1101 - Introduction to Programming

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

This course is designed for students with no prior programming experience. Students who have experience in procedural programming languages may consider taking COMP SCI 1102 Object Oriented Programming instead. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of procedural programming. Topics include data types, control structures, functions, arrays, files, and the mechanics of running, testing, and debugging. The course also offers an introduction to the historical and social context of computing and an overview of computer science as a discipline. - Algorithms and problem-solving: Problem-solving strategies; the role of algorithms in the problem-solving process; implementation strategies for algorithms; debugging strategies; the concept and properties of algorithms - Fundamental programming constructs: Syntax and semantics of a higher-level language; variables, types, expressions, and assignment; simple I/O; conditional and iterative control structures; functions and parameter passing; structured decomposition - Fundamental data structures: Primitive types; arrays; records; strings and string processing - Software development methodology: Fundamental design concepts and principles; testing and debugging strategies; test-case design (black box testing and requirements testing); unit testing; programming environments - Human-computer interaction: Introduction to design issues - Social context of computing: History of computing and computers; evolution of ideas and machines; social impact of computers and the Internet; professionalism, codes of ethics, and responsible conduct; copyrights, intellectual property, and software piracy.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 1101
    Course Introduction to Programming
    Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies or equivalent
    Incompatible COMP SCI 1008, COMP SCI 1201, COMP SCI 2202, COMP SCI 2202b, COMP SCI 1104
    Restrictions Available to B Eng (Software Engineering) and other non-Engineering degree students only
    Course Description This course is designed for students with no prior programming experience. Students who have experience in procedural programming languages may consider taking COMP SCI 1102 Object Oriented Programming instead. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of procedural programming. Topics include data types, control structures, functions, arrays, files, and the mechanics of running, testing, and debugging. The course also offers an introduction to the historical and social context of computing and an overview of computer science as a discipline. - Algorithms and problem-solving: Problem-solving strategies; the role of algorithms in the problem-solving process; implementation strategies for algorithms; debugging strategies; the concept and properties of algorithms - Fundamental programming constructs: Syntax and semantics of a higher-level language; variables, types, expressions, and assignment; simple I/O; conditional and iterative control structures; functions and parameter passing; structured decomposition - Fundamental data structures: Primitive types; arrays; records; strings and string processing - Software development methodology: Fundamental design concepts and principles; testing and debugging strategies; test-case design (black box testing and requirements testing); unit testing; programming environments - Human-computer interaction: Introduction to design issues - Social context of computing: History of computing and computers; evolution of ideas and machines; social impact of computers and the Internet; professionalism, codes of ethics, and responsible conduct; copyrights, intellectual property, and software piracy.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Bradley Alexander

    Lecturer: Alicia Zakarevicius
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Students should note that there are no scheduled lecture times for this course. However, lecture-like activities will be carried out in the Workshop activity, where you will be able to work with lecturing and tutoring staff. As noted, there is a body of on-line material that augments these activities and these should be considered as a component of the traditional lecturing slot.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

     
    1 confidently design algorithms to solve simple problems,
    2 be able to implement those algorithms in the Processing programming environment,
    3 be able to correct, test and debug Processing programs, and
    4 be able to explain how algorithms and Processing programs work.

     
    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   2.1   2.2   2.3   3.2   3.3   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3,4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3,4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    4
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, diffuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3,4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Text book: There is no text book for this course but the following books and links may be useful.

    • Video tutorials from the Processing website.
    • The Processing reference
    • Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers, Second Edition Casey Reas and Ben Fry, 2014, The MIT Press.
    • (The first edition is also fine)
    There is no requirement to purchase a book. The on-line resources are excellent.

    Large components of this course are available through the EDGE on-line course system, including videos, quizzes and other activities. Students are expected to access this on a regular basis to participate in course activities.

    Students are expected to access additional resources on the MyUni Canvas page.
    Online Learning
    In this course, we use an online discussion forum and learning environment available through the course MyUni Canvas page.

    Large components of this course are available through the EDGE on-line course system, including videos, quizzes and other activities. Students are expected to access this on a regular basis to participate in course activities.

    This course makes extensive use of on-line learning and it will be very challenging to fully participate or perform at your best unless you regularly access the materials available in the online form. It is your responsibility to regularly check this forum for notices, and to participate in online activities.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    In this course, you will receive a workshop and a practical session every week.

    Workshops are two-hour activities that involve whole class and small group collaborative work and demonstrations. In these sessions, students will work with academic staff through the practical application of concepts discussed in on-line materials to aid understanding. Activities will include mini-lectures, guided discussions, tutorial-style questions and a lot of collaborative activity. 

    Practical sessions are two-hour activities that involve the evaluation and assessment of student understanding. In practical sessions, students will be asked to complete a series of practical problems, which will then be assessed during the session. Some of these practical sessions will be held under examination conditions. 

    Computer Science Learning Centre: the learning centre, Level 1, Engineering Maths, provides one on one  support for first year Computer Science courses, and a space for first year students to study. If you are having trouble with your courses, please attend the Learning Centre for assistance, or contact your lecturers.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students are expected to spend 10-12 hours per three unit course. This includes approximately 4 hours of contact time per week, 2 hours of on-line activity, and approximately 6 hours of independent study time.
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course consists of the following key topics:
    Topic Description
    Course Introduction The workshop for this course introduces you to the course requirements and to the laboratory environment that you will be using throughout the course.
    Topic 1: Intro Introduction to Processing and the on-line environment
    Topic 2: Introductory programming In this topic you will learn the fundamentals of programming, including key concepts such as variables, constants, data types, iteration, selection, functions, problem solving skills and algorithm development. You will learn how to create and modify images to demonstrate your programming skills
    Topic 3: Intermediate Programming In this final topic, you will learn more advanced programming concepts, such as the use of more complex data structures, testing and software engineering strategies, and gain experience in the design and development of more complex algorithms. We will explore a more complex media manipulation project that you will undertake as a group.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    This course is assessed with a combination of examination and continuous assessment work.
    Task Weighting
    Practical Assignments 15%
    Practical Examinations 10%
    Group Assignment 20%
    Weekly Quizzes 5%
    Workshops 10%
    Final written examination 40%
    Students are required to complete weekly practical assignments and one group assignment (in the second half of the semester). Examination assessment will include examination through two practical examinations held during the semester, and a written examination held at the end of semester.

    Students will also be assessed for their contribution and participation in the weekly workshop sessions.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    You are required to achieve at least the minimum standard for the examination for this course, at least 40% of the available marks for the final written examination, as well as a grade of 50% overall to pass the course.

    Assessment Detail
    Practical Assignments: from Week 2, you are required to attend weekly practical sessions, during which you will be assessed on the satisfactory completion of a series of practical questions. You must prepare answers to these questions before you attend the practical session. The assessment of this work will include design, functional implementation, testing and your ability to explain and analyse your work. Your marks for the practical sessions will be based on what you demonstrate in the session and will be recorded in the School's web submission system. Where you are producing code you will be expected to submit a PDE file to the course myuni pages for that week. 

    Practical Examinations: two of the weekly Practical Sessions will be devoted to Practical Examinations. During this examination session, you will be required to complete a series of practical questions under examination conditions.

    Group Assignment: during the second half of semester you will be required to complete a group programming assignment, involving the creation of your own project. Sample topics will be provided to you, however, you are will be able to select your own topic based on approval by your lecturers. This assignment will be assessed on your design, documentation, testing, functional implementation and presentation.

    The assignment will be assessed through a combination of in-workshop assessment and assessment of the final submitted entity.

    Workshops: the weekly workshop sessions require you to complete a series of collaborative, group-based activities. During these workshop sessions, you will be assessed on your participation and contribution to your group.

    Quizzes: Starting from the latter half of week 1 there will be quizzes on the MyUni system that you take to revise the videos and content for that week. 

    Final Examination: your final examination is your main assessment component, combining assessment of practical skills (development of algorithms, code development, testing and analysis, etc) and theoretical skills (understanding of concepts, analysis of concepts, the ability to compare and contrast, etc). Frequent revision of the course content, participation in the course activities, and successful completion of the assessment activities throughout the semester will be a crucial step towards the successful completion of this examination.
    Submission
    Practical work, the practical examinations and workshop participation will be assessed during your scheduled course activities. Your assignment work will be assessed through a combination of tutorial activities and through the final submission of these assignments at the course Moodle forum.

    Tutorial work must be submitted prior to the tutorial at the course Moodle forum.

    If you are unable to attend a practical session, due to medical or compassionate circumstances, you are able to submit your work at the next available practical session. Your marks for that assignment will be capped at 50%.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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