COMP SCI 7202ANA - Foundations of Computer Science A

Ngee Ann Academy - Trimester 2 - 2014

Introduces the fundamental concepts of object oriented programming. Topics include: Fundamental constructs - data types, arrays, strings and string processing, files, variables, expressions, conditionals, iteration, simple I/O. Object oriented fundamentals - methods, classes, interfaces, inheritance Algorithms and problem solving - problem solving process and strategies, simple searching and Sorting algorithms (linear and binary search, selection and insertion sort) Software development tools and techniques - testing: black box, requirements, unit Machine level representation - bits, bytes, words, number bases, representation of data, memory management.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 7202ANA
    Course Foundations of Computer Science A
    Coordinating Unit Computer Science
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Ngee Ann Academy
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 12 hours per week
    Incompatible COMP SCI 7080
    Restrictions For approved Master of Computing and Innovation, Graduate Diploma in Computer Science and Graduate Certificate in Computer Science students only.
    Assessment Written exam and/or assignments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Damith Ranasinghe

    Teaching PeriodCourse Coordinator
    Trimester 1 Dr Cheryl Pope
    Trimester 2
    Dr Damith Ranasinghe

    Lecturer: Mr Kwang Hua Lim
    Course Timetable

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

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  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The key learning objectives for this course are:
    1. Design, implement and test algorithms using fundamental programming constructs and data structures
    2. Translate between machine level representations and demonstrate how data is represented in computers
    3. Identify, evaluate and use information sources to support the practice of programming, including APIs, tutorials and documentation
    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. 1,2,3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,3
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Text book:
    There is no required text. The course will make use of various resources available online.
    Recommended Resources
    If you prefer to have a textbook for reference, we recommend Walter Savitch, “Problem
    Solving with C++ 8th ed” ISBN-10: 0132162733 • ISBN-13: 9780132162739
    ©2012 • Addison-Wesley
    Online Learning
    The School of Computer Science uses a variety of e-learning tools to support traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops.  These tools provide access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each course of study.  Online learning resources can be accessed by selecting your course from
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered in blended learning mode with the face-to-face component offered as

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

    As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 144 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self directed study).
    Learning Activities Summary
    1. Unix/Subversion basics, use of libraries, variables, constant, string literals, expressions, operators, basic types /representation, conditionals/loops, functions, basic I/O, algorithms and program structure, coding style.
    2. Arrays, vectors and structs, number representation, pointers and dynamic storage, memory allocation and freeing, call by reference, call by pointer, call by value , testing and defensive programming.
    3. Programming languages and paradigms, procedural vs object oriented design, class definitions, class members, class methods / procedures, class implementations.
    4. Overloading operators and methods, copy constructors, static class members.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are expected to complete work and practice programming outside of intensive times. The lab at NAAEC has all the required resources for the course.
  • 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

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    Assessment Detail

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    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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