COMP SCI 7210 - Foundations of Computer Science - Python A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

This course will develop your coding and problem-solving skills with a focus on data and data science. You will learn algorithm design as well as fundamental programming concepts such as data, selection, iteration and functional decomposition, data abstraction and organisation. You will build fundamental software development skills including the use of the Python programming language and tools, debugging, testing and fundamentals of good programming practice, style and design.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 7210
    Course Foundations of Computer Science - Python A
    Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Course Description This course will develop your coding and problem-solving skills with a focus on data and data science. You will learn algorithm design as well as fundamental programming concepts such as data, selection, iteration and functional decomposition, data abstraction and organisation. You will build fundamental software development skills including the use of the Python programming language and tools, debugging, testing and fundamentals of good programming practice, style and design.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Cheryl Pope

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Upon completion of this course/subject, students will be able to:

    1.Use the Python programming language to construct basic programs
    2.Evaluate real world data using Python tools
    3.Translate real world data to computer representation
    4.Interpret the language of data science and programming
    5.Manipulate data using Python tools to create visual data representations
    6.Express the language of data science and programming.
    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)
    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
    1-5
    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
    6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Zhang, Y. (2015). An Introduction to Python and Computer Programming(1st ed. 2015. ed., Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, 353).Lee, K., & Mackie, I. (2014).

    Python Programming Fundamentals(2nd ed. 2014 ed., Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science). London: Springer London.Jake VanderPlas. (2016).

    Python Data Science Handbook: Essential Tools for Working with Data(1st ed.). O'Reilly Media, Inc.

    Nelli, F., (2018), Python Data Analytics With Pandas, NumPy, and Matplotlib (Links to an external site.), (2nd ed.), Springer, New York.

    Texts other than the "Python Data Science Handbook" are available to students as e-books through the Library. The Data Science Handbook is available through the library on a limited (short term loan) basis as an e-book or a personal copy can be purchased.
    Online Learning
    All materials are available from MyUni and it is possible to work through most of the course activities off-site.  Attendance can be negotiated with the course coordinator at the start of the course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is structured around supported active learning labs.  Assessment, discussions and support occur face to face.   The materials are available online.  Attendance at all sessions is not mandatory and can be negotiated with course coordinator during the first week.
    Workload

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

    This course assumes a commitment of 20-25 hours per week over 6 weeks.
    Learning Activities Summary
    each week of the six weeks, learning activities follow the pattern:

    Introduction
    Lessons, practice (in class or in own time) and text readings
    Face to Face discussion session and Peer sharing
    Further lessons, practice (in class or in own time) and text readings
    Research and Reflection (progress report related to project)

  • 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
    Weekly programming practicals: 30%
    Weekly concept quizzes: 20%
    Project: 50% (project is a hurdle requirement and students must receive a 50P or higher on the project to pass the course)

    Late work attracts a 25% mark penalty for each day late.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1 - A (practical assignments)

    In this assessment, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to apply what you have learnt each week in the creation of programs to solve a problem.

    Due date: Sunday 11:59pm end of each week.
    Percentage of grade: 30%

    Assessment 1 - A (online quizzes)

    In this assessment, you will be required to demonstrate your knowledge of the concepts, structure, and application of the code you used in your practical work.

    Due date: Start of week Tuesday 11:59pm.
    Percentage of grade: 20%

    Assessment 2 - (project)

    In this assessment, you will be required to identify a data set to work with (either your own or one of the recommended data sets) and build a Python program to extract and visualise information about the data set. The purpose of this assessment is for you to demonstrate your ability to apply what you have learned throughout the course in the creation of a document including programs to answer questions about data and a video explaining your work.

    Due date: Sunday 11:59 pm end of week 6
    Percentage of grade: 50%
    Submission
    All submissions must be made through MyUni. Follow the assessment links for each assessment item.
    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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