• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Armin Haller
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2021
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Note: Non-DADAN/MADAN students wanting to enrol in the non-standard session offerings are required to seek approval from their Program Convener.

This course teaches introductory programming within a problem solving framework applicable to data science. The course emphasizes technical programming, data processing, and data manipulation. There is an emphasis on designing and writing correct code. Testing and debugging are seen as integral to the programming enterprise. The course will also teach how to effectively use computational tools for data analysis. It will provide skills for tackling the `messiness' of real-world computer systems, programming languages, and data. The course will be taught using one or more programming languages which are widely applicable to data analytics work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Critically reflect upon the creative possibilities computation brings to data science
  2. Research, test, modify and write, small programs in a programming language relevant for data science
  3. Demonstrate a practical understanding of solutions to data processing problems
  4. Justify best-practice programming organisation

Other Information

Students will need to install the following software programs in order to successfully complete this course:

  1. Anaconda Python (https://www.continuum.io/downloads)
  2. PyCharm IDE Community Edition (https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/)
  3. Git Client (https://git-scm.com/downloads)

Indicative Assessment

  1. Programming assignments (40%) - LO 1 to 3 (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Online quizzes (20%) - LO 1 to 4 (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Final examination (40%) - LO 1 to 4 (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Approx 130 hours

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements for this course is currently not available.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed COMP1730/COMP6730 or COMP1040.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Intensive Course
4247 09 Aug 2021 20 Aug 2021 20 Aug 2021 08 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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