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ENGG9801: Engineering Computing

This unit introduces students to solving engineering problems using computers. Students learn how to organize data to present and understand it better using a spreadsheet (Excel), and also how to instruct the computer exactly what to do to solve complex problems using programming (Matlab). Real engineering examples, applications and case-studies are given, and students are required to think creatively and solve problems using computer tools. Matlab will cover three-quarters of the unit. The remaining one-quarter will be devoted to the use of Excel in engineering scenarios. Furthermore, cross integration between Matlab and Excel will also be highlighted. No programming experience is required or assumed. Students are assumed to have a basic understanding of mathematics and logic, and very elementary computing skills.

Code ENGG9801
Academic unit Computer Science
Credit points 6
ENGG5801 OR ENGG1801

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

  • LO1. Develop programs to solve problems using computers.
  • LO2. Employ conventions for writing consistently readable code.
  • LO3. Compose a structured algorithmic design to solve a specified problem.
  • LO4. Apply fundamental programming principles including data types, variables and operators, flow-control: simple statements, sequences, if-then-else, loops, functions, input/output and arrays; to produce a program that solves a specified problem.
  • LO5. Compose, analyse, and trace procedural code to determine the expected output of a given program or produce a specified output.
  • LO6. Apply testing methods and assess programs through debugging with the ability to write a set of tests for a small program or function
  • LO7. Understand standard modules and packages in Python
  • LO8. Read and interpret different input formats to produce the desired outcome.
  • LO9. Apply basic numerical methods including numerical integration, curve fitting, root solving/optimisation and the least squares method
  • LO10. Write simple functions to perform computational methods including calculation of basic statistics, regression, correlation, searching, sorting on data.
  • LO11. Plot in two and three dimensions to produce an appropriate visualization of the data.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.