COMP SCI 7007 - Specialised Programming

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

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

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 7007
    Course Specialised Programming
    Coordinating Unit Computer Science
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Incompatible Not available to Honours students
    Restrictions Not available to Honours students
    Assessment Practical exams, Practice, and class exercises
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Cruz Izu

    Dr Cruz Izu
    Telephone: 8303 5762, Office: Innova 4.20
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the end of the course, student 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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3,4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Textbook: Anany Levitin: The design and Analysis of Algorithms, 2007, Addison Wesley

    Web Pages: 

    This page contains references to much of the practical content of the course. Most of the remaining content of this course is available on the course forum – referenced by this website.
    Recommended Resources
    A Java reference textbook, such as “Big Java” by Cay Horstman.
    Online Learning
    The course uses Moodle’s discussion boards to provide help and feedback outside the lecture and practical session.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The 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 Summary
    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.

    Practice Sessions
    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 Requirements
    Students 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.
  • 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
    Practical Exams – 80%
    Practice Portfolio: 20%

    Diagnostic Exam - (week 1) is a formative assessment in which the programming skills of the students are assessed.
    Practical Exams 1 to 5 are summative assessments, each worth 15% of the final mark.

    Attendance at these exams is compulsory. These exams will be held under exam conditions. You will not be allowed to bring in anything but the resources stipulated by the lecturer prior to the exam. Written or electronic notes and solutions are not to be brought into the exams.

    The Practice Portfolio is both formative and summative. The marking rubric for your deliberate practice is posted on the course website.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    You are required to score a minimum of 40% in the Prac Exams and 40% in your Deliberate Practice (this 40% is after the application of late penalties). Failure to meet these requirements will result in a capping in your grade at a maximum of 44F.
    Assessment Detail
    Each practical exam consists on three problems that covered the solving skills presented during lectures and practical session. The problem achieving the highest score is worth 45% of the final mark, the second best score is worth 30% and the third score is worth 25%.
    The practice portfolio will be marked during lecturing time, as per rubric (provided in website)
    Submission 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.
    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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