COMP SCI 2009MELB - Programming for IT Specialists
Melbourne Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 2009MELB Course Programming for IT Specialists Coordinating Unit Computer Science Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s Melbourne Campus Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Prerequisites COMP SCI 1015 Incompatible COMP SCI 1102, COMP SCI 1202, COMP SCI 2202, COMP SCI 2202B Restrictions Available only to University of Adelaide College Melbourne Campus students Course Description Programming for IT Specialists builds on the programming knowledge developed in COMP SCI 1015 Introduction to Programming for IT Specialists to provide students with a solid coding foundation to undertake Information Technology work at the professional level. Students are introduced to other languages that are heavily used for systems works, including compiled, interpreted, and scripting languages, as well as the data structures and concepts vital to working in the systems area. Students will be introduced to key programming paradigms, such as object-oriented programming, event driven programming, and network programming. Students will develop working systems across a variety of platforms and will be assessed through programming assignments, weekly quizzes, project work, and a final examination. The course uses current technology and real examples to provide an authentic and useful development environment. While the majority of the course is assessed at the individual level, there are a number of group activities to build on the non-technical skills introduced in earlier courses.
Course Coordinator: Mr Arie Bennett
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to: 1 Use Unix-based tools and BASH scripts to carry out system tasks 2 Explain the benefits of object oriented design and understand when it is an appropriate methodology to use 3 Design object oriented solutions for small systems involving multiple objects 4 Implement, test and debug solutions in Python and C++ 5 Manage memory usage in C/C++ programs 6 Explain fundamental computing algorithms 7 Analyse algorithms and identify key algorithmic strategies, and 8 Explain and apply regular expressions for common system tasks
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Required ResourcesThe only required text for this course is Grokking Algorithms by Aditya Y. Bhargava. All other materials will be provided through the University's Learning Management System, MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesThe University provides computers on campus for students but remote students may find it useful to have access to a Linux computing environment, whether directly on their machine, via virtualisation, or using the Windows Subsystem for Linux v2. While there are many excellent online resources, students may also find it useful to consult any of the following books as a reference:
- Bash Guide for Beginners. (By Machtelt Garrels)
- Advanced Bash Scripting Guide. (By Mendel Cooper)
- Tutorial: programming in C, UNIX system calls and subroutines using C. (By A. D. Marshall)
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesWhile the course is available in a 100% remote option for students unable to attend campus, there are face-to-face workshop and practical sessions for students, but all lectures are presented on-line.
Lectures will be delivered as a combination of recorded live streams and pre-recording material.
Workshops will be small-scale activities where students will have the opportunity to work in small groups to complete a set of tasks.
Practicals, and practical examinations, will be an individual activity where students complete tasks to demonstrate their current level of knowledge.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The expected course workload is 10 hours per week. This means that students are expected to put in at least 5 hours of work on projects in their own time, on a weekly basis.
Learning Activities SummaryThe following activities are timetabled for every week in semester.
Lecture: Lectures are made available at 9am on Mondays. This will also be the time when the lecturers will live stream any content.
Note: These lectures are on-line ONLY. If they are live-streamed, they will be recorded. The lecture may also consist of pre-recorded material for you to view at this time. You have the option of participating during the live-streaming session or any time after they are published in MyUni. Please check MyUni once enrolled for details regarding when lectures will be published.
Workshops: Each student will have a two hour workshop, either face-to-face for students in Adelaide, or on-line for remote students. During this time, students will work through allocated problems with the supervision of a demonstration team.
Practical sessions: Each student will have a two hour practical session, either face-to-face for students in Adelaide, or on-line for remote students. Students will have the opportunity to work on assigned practical problems, be marked for previous work, or submit work conducted outside of the session.
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 Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Weekly Quizzes Summative
5% 1,2,3,6,7,8 Workshop Exercises Summative Weekly 15% 2,3,4,5,6,7 Practical Exercises Summative Weekly 30% 3,4,5 Individual coding assignments Summative Week 13 10% 3,4,5 Practical exams Summative Weeks 6, 12 40% 3,4,5
Assessment DetailQuizzes: There will be weekly quizzes on the MyUni system. Lecture quizzes are designed to check that you have understood the basics of the week's materials presented in the lecture before you attend your workshop. There are 10 lecture quizzes during the course, with no quiz taking place during weeks 6 and 12.
Workshop Assignments: During your workshop session, you will complete a series of workshop activities. These activities are designed to be practise the material introduced in the lecture.
In the Algorithms & Data Structures block, workshops cover and extend on the theory taught in lectures. These are completed in small groups in the session before each student submits their individual answers on MyUni.
In the Object Orientated Programming block, workshops are an opportunity to practice C++ with some opportunities to discuss theory with your classmates and tutor. While you can discuss with your class mates, all work should be your own. You will submit the required files to Gradescope before you leave your session.
Practical Assignments: Practical exercises are your opportunity to demonstrate your understanding over that week's material. Some questions are purposely designed as a step-up from the workshop material to give you an opportunity to demonstrate mastery over
the material. You must work individually on practicals.
Coding Project: You will have 1 individual coding project to assess your ability to use OOP to design a program from scratch.
Practical Examinations: During weeks 6 and 12, you have your practical exams. These will take place during your regularly scheduled practical session. You must attend these sessions. Failure to do so will earn you a zero.
SubmissionStudents will submit their code to Gradescope where it will be marked by their tutor and/or automatically using an auto-grader depending on the assessment (students are taught how to use this system in the course). Quizzes will be automatically marked in MyUni.
Failure to submit an assessment item on time or by the agreed extension deadline will result in penalties. For each day or part-day that a programming assignment is late, the maximum mark that can be awarded is reduced by 25%.
Any request for an extension of time for the submission of an assessment item should be made well before the due date to the Course Coordinator. Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date. Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine extenuating circumstances and evidence, such as a medical certificate, must be provided.
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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