CQUniversity Unit Profile
DGTL11006 Coding Fundamentals
Coding Fundamentals
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General Information

Overview

Coding, also known as programming or scripting, is an essential literacy in our increasingly digital world. This unit provides a practical introduction to coding using the JavaScript language. You will learn about fundamental programming principles and how they relate to the syntax and control structures of a programming language. You will learn how to analyse computing problems, design algorithms that solve those problems, implement algorithms as computer programs, and test those programs on a computer. Many of the programs that you write in this unit will involve building interactivity into web pages with client-side JavaScript code.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2020

Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Noosa
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Moodle student evaluation page

Feedback

Some students did not find the prescribed textbook helpful

Recommendation

The suitability of the prescribed textbook will be reviewed.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. understand and apply fundamental programming principles
  2. explain the syntax and control structures of a programming language
  3. design algorithms that solve computing problems
  4. implement, test and debug algorithms with a programming language
  5. build interactivity into web pages with client-side code.

Not applicable

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment - 30%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Practical Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical Assessment - 30%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Practical Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Coding with JavaScript for Dummies 1st (2015)

Authors: Chris Minnick and Eva Holland
John Wiley & Sons
Hoboken Hoboken , New Jersey , USA
ISBN: 978-1119056072
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Students are not expected to buy this textbook. An electronic version of this textbook can be freely accessed through the CQUniversity Library. 

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free browser plug-in)
  • Adobe Dreamweaver or Brackets (optional)
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Word
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Plain text editor such as Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (MacOS)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Regina John Luan Unit Coordinator
r.johnluan@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

1. Introduction to JavaScript

Chapter

Study Guide chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

2. HTML and CSS

Chapter

Study Guide chapter 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

3. Variables, input and output

Chapter

Study Guide chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

4. Selection statements

Chapter

Study Guide chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

5. Repetition statements

Chapter

Study Guide chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

6. Functions

Chapter

Study Guide chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Basic coding Due: Week 6 Friday (28 Aug 2020) 9:00 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

7. Problem-solving

Chapter

Study Guide chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

8. Objects

Chapter

Study Guide chapter 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

9. The DOM

Chapter

Study Guide chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Functions and objects Due: Week 9 Friday (18 Sept 2020) 9:00 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

10. HTML forms

Chapter

Study Guide chapter 10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

11. Handling forms

Chapter

Study Guide chapter 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

12. Further exploration

Chapter

Study Guide chapter 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Forms and the DOM Due: Week 12 Friday (9 Oct 2020) 9:00 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

REQUIRED RESOURCES

You must have access to the following resources for this unit.

UNIT WEBSITE

The unit website provides essential resources for the unit such as a Study Guide and an online discussion forum. It can be accessed at moodle.cqu.edu.au

STUDY GUIDE

The online Study Guide will direct you to all of the essential readings, discussion questions and exercises for each module of the unit. The Study Guide is available in Adobe Portable Document format (PDF) from the unit website.

DISCUSSION FORUM

An online discussion forum will be provided through the unit website for discussing matters that relate to the unit. The discussion forum is the primary means of support for off-campus students who want assistance with tutorial exercises and assignments.

TEXT EDITOR

You will need a plain text editor such as Notepad or TextEdit for composing HTML and CSS files. Notepad is distributed with the Microsoft Windows operating system. TextEdit is distributed with the macOS operating system. If you have a copy of Adobe Dreamweaver from the unit DGTL11005 Web Design, you might prefer to edit your files with it rather than Notepad or TextEdit. One of the advantages of using Dreamweaver is that it provides special features such as syntax checking, syntax highlighting and line numbering. Alternatively you might like to use a free open source editor such as Brackets, which also provides special features for JavaScript coding. Brackets can be downloaded from brackets.io.

WEB BROWSERS

You will need a recent version of Google Chrome (www.google.com/chrome) and Mozilla Firefox (www.mozilla.com) to explore the Web and test the pages that you create. Off-campus students are encouraged to install the latest versions of these browsers. On-campus students may use whichever versions are installed in their local computer lab.

ADOBE ACROBAT READER

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free program that lets you view, navigate and print PDF documents like the DGTL11006 Study Guide. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe website at www.adobe.com.

WORD PROCESSOR

You will need a word processor such as Microsoft Word for writing parts of your assignments.

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Basic coding

Task Description

This assignment requires you to build two web pages that use HTML and JavaScript code to solve two supplied coding problems. Please refer to the unit website for the assignment details.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (28 Aug 2020) 9:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

2 weeks after submission


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Please refer to the unit website for the detailed assessment criteria.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please refer to the unit website for assignment submission instructions.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • understand and apply fundamental programming principles
  • explain the syntax and control structures of a programming language
  • design algorithms that solve computing problems
  • implement, test and debug algorithms with a programming language


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Functions and objects

Task Description

This assignment requires you to build a web page that uses HTML and JavaScript code to solve a supplied coding problem involving functions and objects. Please refer to the unit website for the assignment details.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (18 Sept 2020) 9:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

2 weeks after submission


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Please refer to the unit website for the detailed assessment criteria.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please refer to the unit website for assignment submission instructions.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • understand and apply fundamental programming principles
  • explain the syntax and control structures of a programming language
  • design algorithms that solve computing problems
  • implement, test and debug algorithms with a programming language
  • build interactivity into web pages with client-side code.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Forms and the DOM

Task Description

This assignment requires you to build a web page that uses HTML and JavaScript code to solve a supplied coding problem involving HTML forms and the Document Object Model (DOM). Please refer to the unit website for the assignment details.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (9 Oct 2020) 9:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

2 weeks after submission


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Please refer to the unit website for the detailed assessment criteria.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please refer to the unit website for assignment submission instructions.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • understand and apply fundamental programming principles
  • explain the syntax and control structures of a programming language
  • design algorithms that solve computing problems
  • implement, test and debug algorithms with a programming language
  • build interactivity into web pages with client-side code.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?