This unit introduces students to modern computer programming language, problem solving and algorithm development. Students will be exposed to multiple design strategies, including top-down design and recursive design with functions, object-based programming, and object-oriented design.

Content includes: Data Types and Expressions, Control Statements, Strings and Text Files, Design with Functions, Design with Classes, Graphical User Interfaces, Simple Graphics and Image Processing.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate skills in using a programming language;  
  2. Apply suitable design strategies to develop a solution;  
  3. Develop algorithms using basic programming language; and  
  4. Apply basic object-oriented software principles in problem solving.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Weekly Practical tasks 30%
Test Two (2) Practical Tests (20% each) 40%
Test Final Written Test 30%

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

Study a single unit

This unit may be available as a single unit of study.

Find out more about how to apply for single units of study at VU.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.