COMPX101-23B (SEC)

Introduction to Programming

15 Points

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The University of Waikato
Academic Divisions
Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Office
Department of Computer Science

Staff

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Convenor(s)

Lecturer(s)

Administrator(s)

: buddhika.subasinghe@waikato.ac.nz

Placement/WIL Coordinator(s)

Tutor(s)

: nilesh.kanji@waikato.ac.nz

Student Representative(s)

Lab Technician(s)

Librarian(s)

: alistair.lamb@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about

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This paper introduces computer programming in C# – the exciting challenge of creating software and designing artificial worlds within the computer. You will learn how to create software in Visual Studio to solve problems and learn the fundamentals of writing computer code. The paper also provides brief introductions to important topics in computer science, such as databases and computer networks.

The learning outcomes for this paper are linked to Washington Accord graduate attributes WA1-WA11. Explanation of the graduate attributes can be found at: https://www.ieagreements.org/


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How this paper will be taught

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Students will need to watch video lectures each week, as well as two tutorial videos each week and complete your practical work at home and then submit on Moodle. Everything is done online and you are not required to come onto campus. All tests will also be completed at home and your work uploaded into Moodle at the end of the test session.

Students will be able to attend optional online labs for help with practical work. The times of these sessions will be posted in Week 1. Students are expected to complete the practical work at home and then submit their finished work to Moodle. Any problems or questions that arise during the practical work can be discussed in Moodle.

All lectures are provided online as videos. These are recordings of the actual lectures from the on-campus version of the course. It is expected that students will view the lectures each week in preparation for tutorial and lab work the following week. Students will need to have access to a broadband internet connection to be able to view/download the video lectures.

Tutorial recordings will be provided to students to watch each week.

Students will need a computer that can run the Windows operating system and install and run Visual Studio with C#. Instructions on how to install C# will be provided in Week 1 of the paper. If your computer cannot run the Windows operating system then we recommend using Horizon to remote connect from home to a lab machine and then you can run Visual Studio on the lab machine as if you were sitting in the lab.


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Required Readings

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There is no required textbook for this paper. A recommended textbook is:

'Starting out with Visual C#' by Tony Gaddis (any edition is fine)
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Perform basic application development using event-driven programming of graphical user interfaces or console programming. (WA1)
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  • Design, build and execute applications using an Integrated Development Environment. (WA3)
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  • Apply a broad range of programming constructs and language supported data structures to process data. (WA5)
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  • Explain in general terms a range of foundational computer science concepts, such as number systems, file systems, and algorithms. (WA1)
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  • Apply the computing principles and examples learned to new problems. (WA2)
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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The practical programme must be completed to the satisfaction of the coordinator for the paper. An overall mark of 50% is required for a pass. An RP grade will not normally be accepted as fulfilling a prerequisite for a more advanced paper.

Samples of your work may be required as part of the Engineering New Zealand accreditation process for BE(Hons) degrees. Any samples taken will have the student name and ID redacted. If you do not want samples of your work collected then please email the engineering administrator, Natalie Shaw (natalie.shaw@waikato.ac.nz), to opt out.

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Introduction Profile
21 Jul 2023
11:30 PM
1
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Moodle Quizzes
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Practical Exercises
27
  • Hand-in: In Lab
4. Practical Test 1
9 Sep 2023
No set time
12
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Practical Test 2
7 Oct 2023
No set time
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Practical Test 3
14 Oct 2023
No set time
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Online Test 1
16 Aug 2023
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Online Test 2
11 Oct 2023
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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