Foundations of Informatics
Subject INFO20002 (2014)
Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.
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This subject is not offered in 2014.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 48 hours, comprising of two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour tutorial and one 1-hour practical per week |
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Study Period Commencement:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Achieving at least 75% in a programming competency test.
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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
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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: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
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 demographic data. This subject is core within the Bachelor of Science for the Major of Informatics. Students completing the Diploma of Informatics can also take this subject.
This subject serves as an introduction to informatics. Its main focus is on representing and manipulating data using spread sheet tools; basic web page construction using HTML and style-sheets; representing and manipulating information on the web using a scripting language. These skills form a useful basis for those looking at careers in which the manipulation and visualisation of information takes place.
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
1. Apply the fundamental concepts of the Informatics discipline
2. Manipulate large data sets in various domains
3. Solve practical data management tasks using ICT tools
4. Manipulate live web-based data
5. Communicate information effectively using Informatics tools
6. Appreciate the social implications of computing.
To pass the subject, students must obtain:
20/40 for the end-of-semester written examination
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This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
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Upon completion of this subject you should have developed the following generic skills:
Learning and Teaching Methods
The subject is delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops (combination of tutorial and individual/group work in a computer lab). Students will also complete a three stage project which will reinforce the material covered in class.
Indicative Key Learning Resources
Students have access to lecture notes, lecture slides, tutorial worksheets, and to the IVLE system which houses a programming environment. The subject LMS site also contains links to recommended resources relating to basic programming, and advanced problems for students who want to extend themselves.
Careers / Industry Links
This subject builds a foundation of knowledge for those IT careers where data manipulation and management are required.
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses |
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED
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Working with Information |
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