COMP SCI 1101 - Introduction to Programming
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
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 Incompatible COMP SCI 1008, COMP SCI 1201, COMP SCI 2202, COMP SCI 2202A, ENG 1002, ENG 1003 Course Description This course is designed for students with no prior programming experience. The course introduces the fundamental concepts of procedural programming. Topics include algorithms and problem solving, 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.
Course Coordinator: Mr Ian Knight
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.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Design algorithms to solve simple problems,
- Use those algorithms in the Processing programming environment,
- Demonstrate the ability to correct, test and debug Processing programs, and
- 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, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesText book: There is no text book for this course but the following books and links may be useful.
Online LearningIn this course, we use an online discussion forum and learning environment available through the course MyUni Canvas page. Through Canvas you will be able to view videos, take online quizzes, submit your assessments and access all course content.
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 ModesIn 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.
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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 per week. 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 SummaryThis 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 development strategies, and gain experience in the design and development of more complex algorithms. We will explore a more complex interactive animation project that you will undertake as a group.
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 SummaryThis 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%
To support the changes to teaching, the following revisions to assessment have been made:
All assessment tasks to be moved online.
No changes to weightings.
Details will be provided for each individual assessment task as they are released.
Assessment Related RequirementsYou 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 DetailPractical 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 on Canvas.
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.
SubmissionPractical work, the practical examinations and workshop participation will be assessed during your scheduled course activities.
Quizzes will be automatically marked in Canvas.
The group assignment will be assessed through a combination of in-workshop assessment and assessment of the final submitted entity, details of this final submission will be detailed on the MyUni Canvas page.
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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