Introduction to Programming

Unit code: NIT1102 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
VU Sydney


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.

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.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 30%
Weekly Practical tasks - 3 weekly labs of programming tasks
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 40%
Two (2) Tests (20% each) Test 1: open book concept evaluation and problem-solving test Test 2: open book concept evaluation and problem-solving test.
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
Final Practical Test (2 hours) Final Test: open book programming test

Required reading

Fundamentals of Python: First Programs
Kenneth A. Lambert (2018)| Cengage Learning

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