COMP SCI 7007 - Specialised Programming
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 7007 Course Specialised Programming Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description Computational problem-solving with a focus on group learning and practice. Lecture topics cover general solution categories including: brute-force, divide and conquer, dynamic programming, greedy algorithms and search techniques
Course Coordinator: Dr Mingyu Guo
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Work effectively in problem-solving teams 2 Develop simple models to solve a variety of real life problems 3 Apply deliberate practice strategies when learning new skills 4 Being proficient of coding and testing simple problems
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)
2 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
1 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3,4 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, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Recommended ResourcesA Java reference textbook, such as “Big Java” by Cay Horstman.
Online LearningThe course uses online discussion boards to provide help and feedback outside the lecture and practical session.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course teaches problem solving and programming skills through the use of deliberate practice. Each week the lecture will introduce a problem solving technique and a set of related problems. Student are expected to work on an set of 2 or more problems per week, at the practical session as well as at home.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students should work an average of 10-12 hours per week on this course. They will practical sessions and some lecture time to design solutions to their problems, and they will need to complete coding and testing outside the class.
Learning Activities SummaryLectures
Weeks 1-5 foundational computational problem solving including topics in working with groups, string manipulation in java, simulation, brute-force algorithms, recursion and search, simple algorithmic optimisation, sorting-based problems.
Weeks 6-12 intermediate computational problem solving including, dynamic programming, greedy algorithms and mapping problems to graph algorithms.
In addition, the second hour of each lecture session will be devoted to group practice and problem solving and presentation of practice portfolios for marking.
Participation in practice sessions is assessed by handed up written work and/or solution presentation. All students are expected to attend practice sessions.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents will also be expected to maintain a portfolio of evidence of their practice (recorded both online and/or on paper) to present for marking in lecture sessions.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryDue to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes CBOK Alignment** Diagnostic Exam 5 Individual Summative Weeks 2 3. 1.1 1.2 4.1 Bi-Weekly practices^ 20 Individual/Pair Summative Weeks 3,5,7,9,11 1. 2. 4. 1.1 1.2 4.1 5 Prac Exams# 75 Individual Summative Week 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 Total 100
^You will be given several problems. You only need to pick 2 problems to work on. Before you leave the session, you need to show your code to the tutor to receive your mark.
4/4: passing all test cases
3/4: passing some test cases; correct logic and clean style
2/4: reasonable logic and style
1/4: incomplete logic and poor style
You are encouraged to form groups of size 2 and adopt the Pair Programming style. Each group only needs one submission.
Pair programming is an agile software development technique in which two programmers work together at one workstation. One, the driver, writes code while the other, the observer or navigator, reviews each line of code as it is typed in. The two programmers switch roles frequently.
#First 2: 10.5 marks each. Last 3: 18 marks each. Total 75 marks.
* The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
**CBOK is the Core Body of Knowledge for ICT Professionals defined by the Australian Computer Society. The alignment in the table above corresponds with the following CBOK Areas:
1. Problem Solving1.1 Abstraction1.2 Design
2. Professional Knowledge2.1 Ethics2.2 Professional expectations2.3 Teamwork concepts & issues2.4 Interpersonal communications2.5 Societal issues2.6 Understanding of ICT profession
3. Technology resources3.1 Hardware & Software3.2 Data & information3.3 Networking
4. Technology Building4.1 Programming4.2 Human factors4.3 Systems development4.4 Systems acquisition
5. ICT Management5.1 IT governance & organisational5.2 IT project management5.3 Service management5.4 Security management
Assessment Related RequirementsYou are required to score a minimum of 40% in your Deliberate Practice component.
Failure to meet this requirement will result in a capping in your grade at a maximum of 44F.
Assessment DetailEach practical exam consists on three problems that covered the solving skills presented during lectures and practical session.
1.1: 4 for prac exams and 4 for progress reports
1.2: 4 for prac exams and 4 for progress reports
4.1: 4 for prac exams and 4 for progress reports
SubmissionSubmission of answers to practice and prac exam questions will be via automark. Evidence of practice can be collated in your log book and also summarised and linked-to in weekly handins and/or personal wiki on the course forum. Part of your assessment for practice will consist of questions designed to elicit your understanding of the problems presented as evidence of your practice.
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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