- Code COMP1730
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Computer Science
- ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Course subject Computer Science
- Areas of interest Medical Science, Psychology, Statistics, Bioinformatics, Photonics More...
This course teaches introductory programming within a problem solving framework applicable to the sciences. The course emphasises technical programming, the simulation of scientific systems and the processing of scientific data. There is an emphasis on designing and writing correct code. Testing and debugging are seen as integral to the programming enterprise. Both top-down and object oriented design are taught. There will be an introduction to widely-used computer science algorithms and to machine architecture. The course will be taught using one or more programming languages which are widely applicable to scientific work.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Students who succeed in all aspects of this course will be able to:
- Design, write and debug small programs to solve practical problems of a scientific nature.
- Have a practical understanding of the processing of scientific data.
- Be able to describe and design small computer programs using both procedural and object-oriented methodologies.
- Have an awareness of good program organisation.
- Have an understanding of some widely-used algorithms.
- Have an understanding of practical aspects of machine architecture including finite precision and rounding errors.
Practical programming assessments (55%), written exams (45%).
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4-5 hours scheduled time each week (2-3 lectures and one 2-hour lab).
Students are expected to spend an average of 5-6 hours per week practicing programming (including work on assignments) outside of scheduled labs.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There are no prescribed texts.
We recommend one of:
- "Think Python: How to think like a computer
scientist" (2nd Edition) by Allan Downey.
Available from http://greenteapress.com/wp/think-python-2e/, or in paperback (O'Reilly, 2015; ISBN-13: 978-1491939369; ISBN-10: 1491939362).
- "The Practice of Computing using Python" (2nd Edition) by William Punch and Richard Enbody (Addison-Wesley, 2012. ISBN-10: 0-13-280557-X ISBN-13: 978-0-13-280557-X).
Students are assumed to have achieved a level of knowledge of mathematics comparable to at least ACT Mathematics Methods or NSW Mathematics or equivalent. No programming, Computer Science or IT experience or skills are required
Areas of Interest
- Medical Science
- Advanced Computing
- Biomedical Science
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7975||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|