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Introduction to Computer Science (ICT102)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Description This unit introduces key aspects of computer science including data storage and manipulation, and problem solving using a high-level programming language. Topics: the components of a modern computer system; fundamental concepts of data storage; function of operating systems; algorithms and problem solving; fundamental aspects of a programming language including data types, input/output, simple selection and iteration control structures, procedural and data abstraction, one-dimensional arrays and strings.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Construct algorithms to solve basic to intermediate problems using a combination of sequence, selection and iteration.
2. Implement such algorithms in a common programming language.
3. Apply the methodology of top-down design to the construction of solutions and implement these solutions in a modular way.
4. Be familiar with a number of basic data structures commonly used in computer programming.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 3 hours per week (1 hour unsupervised).
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit involves lectures that provide explanations of the theory and background to basic computer science concepts surrounding programming. These lectures are rich with examples, presented, where possible, interactively.

These concepts are then put into practice during laboratory sessions where detailed interactive feedback is provided by tutors. These laboratory sessions give students ample opportunity to develop those practical skills in both abstract problem solving and the expression of solutions within the constraints of syntactically defined language. Assignments represent the opportunity to solve a larger problem as part of a project and consider the broader context necessary when solving such problems.
Assessment Students complete weekly lab exercises which are primarily to provide an opportunity to develop practical experience in the concepts covered in lectures. Feedback is provided interactively, and these sessions are designed as formative assessment. Assignments assess a combination of multiple concepts at a high level and provide further opportunity for students to develop practical skills and demonstrate their understanding. Feedback is provided on assignments through a standard feedback form and through verbal consultation.

Lab exercises 30%
Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 15%
Final Examination 35%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ENG108 Engineering Computing I may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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