Foundations of Informatics

Subject INFO20002 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours, comprising of two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour tutorial and one 1-hour practical per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


Achieving at least 75% in a programming competency test.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students cannot enrol in and gain credit for this subject and:


600-152 Informatics-2: People, Data, and the Web

615-240 Concepts of Software Development 2

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:



Subject Overview:

The ability to access, manipulate, organise, analyse and display data are fundamental skills for scientists, historians, managers, financiers, artists and many other professions. This subject explores various computational methods to represent, transform, and make sense of large, diverse sets of data such as share market prices, scientific data or demograpic data. Topics covered include: representing and manipulating data using spreadsheet tools; basic web page construction using HTML and style-sheets; representing and manipulating information on the web using a scripting language.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Apply the fundamental concepts of the Informatics discipline
  • Manipulate large data sets in various domains
  • Solve practical data management tasks using ICT tools
  • Manipulate live web-based data
  • Communicate information effectively using Informatics tools
  • Appreciate the social implications of computing.
  • A three-stage project expected to take 48 hours, due at the end of each third of the semester, approximately weeks 4, 8, and 12 (60%)
  • 2-hour examination held in the examination period (40%)

NB. About half of the project is to be done individually and the rest in groups. Some assessment may take place in workshops

To pass the subject, students must obtain:

  • 30/60 for the project work
  • And 20/40 for the end-of-semester written examination
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Breadth Options:

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

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Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this subject you should have developed the following generic skills

  • An ability analyse and solve real-world problems with computers
  • Provide clear and constructive critique of other students' work
  • Synthesise information and communicate results effectively
  • Work effectively as a member of a project team
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

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