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COIT20245 - Introduction to Programming

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed for students who have had little or no programming experience. The unit aims to teach students principles, design and development of object-oriented programs. It covers topics such as Integrated Development Environment (IDE), variables, fields, constants, data types, operators, expressions, loops, classes, objects, methods, arrays, file processing, graphical user interfaces and the principles of human-computer interaction. Students will learn how to design, implement and test programs using a modern IDE. Note: If you have completed unit COIT29222 then you cannot take this unit.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2014

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Term 1 - 2018 Profile
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Term 1 - 2019 Profile
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Term 3 - 2019 Profile
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Term 1 - 2020 Profile
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Term 3 - 2020 Profile
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Term 1 - 2021 Profile
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Term 2 - 2021 Profile
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Term 3 - 2021 Profile
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Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 26.98% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Learning resources are in need of improvement.
Recommendation
Review the teaching model employed in the unit and the textbook that is being used.
Action Taken
Alternative textbooks have been reviewed. No alternative textbook has been selected yet.
Source: Unit Coordinator reflection on assessment performance.
Feedback
More emphasis should be placed on documentation, design and testing.
Recommendation
Incorporate additional material on documentation, design and testing into the lecture content.
Action Taken
More emphasis has been placed on documentation, design and testing.
Source: Teaching team.
Feedback
Online tutorial classes are too large for effective interaction.
Recommendation
Reduce class sizes for online tutorials.
Action Taken
A cap on tutorial class sizes had not been implemented, but enrolments have been dropping.
Source: Have your say.
Feedback
Some students suggested selecting an alternative textbook that supports improved content for streamlined resources and continuous learning.
Recommendation
Continue reviewing possible alternative texts.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Personal reflection.
Feedback
The exams (including the take-home exam) does not give students sufficient opportunity to demonstrate their individual programming skills. Too much opportunity for plagiarism with the take-home exam.
Recommendation
Replace the take home exam with a final project.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the principles of object-oriented programming.
  2. Demonstrate the use of an integrated development environment (IDE).
  3. Develop programs using various data types, operators, expressions, loops, classes, objects and methods.
  4. Develop programs using arrays, files and streams for storing, searching and sorting data.
  5. Explain the principles of human-computer interaction.
  6. Design, analyse and apply techniques to produce quality programs.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Systems Integration (SINT)
  • Program ming/Software Development (PROG)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Applications Support (ASUP)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination