Foundations of Computing

Subject COMP10001 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 60 hours, comprising of three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour workshop per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

INFO10001 Informatics-1:Practical Computing (prior to 2011)

615-145 Concepts of Software Development 1

433-151 Introduction to Programming (Advanced)

433-171 Introduction to Programming

600-151 Informatics-1: Practical Computing

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Sean Maynard


Semester 1: Associate Professor Tim Baldwin


Semester 2: Sean Maynard


Subject Overview:

Solving problems in areas such as business, biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, humanities and social sciences often requires manipulating, analysing and visualising data through computer programming. This subject teaches students with little or no background in computer programming how to deisgn and write small programs using a high-level procedural programming language, and to solve simple problems using these skills.

The subject is the first subject in the Computing and Software Systems and the Informatics majors, and introduces students to programming and the basics of algorithmic thinking.


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Use the fundamental programming constructs (sequence, alternation, selection)
  • Use the fundamental data structures (arrays, records, lists, associative arrays)
  • Use abstraction constructs such as functions
  • Understand and employ some basic program structures
  • Understand and employ some basic algorithmic problem solving techniques
  • Read, write, and debug simple, small programs

  • A three-stage project expected to take 36 hours, with stages due at the end of each third of the semester - approximately weeks 4, 8, and 12 (30%)
  • One 1-hour mid-semester test (10%)
  • A workshop assignment to demonstrate programming competency, due two thirds of the way through semester (10%)
  • One 2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%)

To pass the subject, students must obtain at least:

  • 50% overall, 20/40 for the project and assignment work
  • And 30/60 for the mid-semester test and end-of-semester written examination combined
  • ILO1-6 are addressed in the projects, the mid-semester test, and the workshop assignment and the final exam.
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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • An ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • The capacity to solve problems, including the collection and evaluation of information
  • The capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection
  • An expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning, and the capacity to do so

Related Course(s): Diploma in Informatics
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.
Related Breadth Track(s): Working with Information
Information Technology in Organisations

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