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COMP9001: Introduction to Programming

This unit is an essential starting point for software developers, IT consultants, and computer scientists to build their understanding of principle computer operation. Students will obtain knowledge and skills with procedural programming. Crucial concepts include defining data types, control flow, iteration, functions, recursion, the model of addressable memory. Students will be able to reinterpret a general problem into a computer problem, and use their understanding of the computer model to develop source code. This unit trains students with software development process, including skills of testing and debugging. It is a prerequisite for more advanced programming languages, systems programming, computer security and high performance computing.

Code COMP9001
Academic unit Computer Science
Credit points 6
INFO1110 OR INFO1910 OR INFO1103 OR INFO1903 OR INFO1105 OR INFO1905 OR ENGG1810

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. employ programming style conventions for writing consistently readable code
  • LO2. design and construct new functionality to existing procedural program or function
  • LO3. compose a structured algorithmic design to solve the descriptive problem specification
  • LO4. compose an entire procedural program from descriptive problem specification
  • LO5. demonstrate knowledge of programming principles, data types, variables and operators, control-flow: simple statement sequence, if-then-else, while functions, stack, input/output, reference memory model
  • LO6. compose, analyse and trace procedural code. Scoping/variable lifetime, memory of the stack, references and global's, data types, operations on data types
  • LO7. construct code cliches for input and manipulating arrays, including maximum, minimum, search or traverse, with actions on each element for counting or summation
  • LO8. construct and assess code for recursively-defined numerical functions, and for recursively described array manipulations
  • LO9. apply testing methods and assess programs through debugging and write a set of tests for a small program or function
  • LO10. explain compilation process and debugging mechanism
  • LO11. use standard library functions.