In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.
This course teaches introductory programming, fundamental programming language and computer science concepts, and computational problem solving illustrated with applications common in science and engineering, such as simulation and data analysis, visualisation and machine learning models. The course does not require any prior knowledge of programming, computer science or IT. There is an emphasis on designing and writing correct programs: testing and debugging are seen as integral to the programming enterprise.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Design, write and debug programs in the python language to solve practical problems of a scientific or engineering nature.
- Use key modules/libraries for computational analysis and visualisation of scientific and engineering data.
- Demonstrate awareness of good program organisation especially for scientific pipelines.
- Demonstrate understanding of widely-used algorithms and data structures, and their computational complexity.
- Demonstrate understanding of more advanced algorithm design paradigms such as dynamic programming with scientific applications.
- Demonstrate advanced understanding of data types and libraries used for data analysis and machine learning in python, including array-based programming.
- Practical programming assessments (50) [LO 1,2]
- Written and programming exams (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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4 hours scheduled time each week (2 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.
- "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).
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.
- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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