Foundations of Computing

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Foundations of Computing

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Systems Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    12.5
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    AIMS
    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 design and write basic programs using a high-level procedural programming language, and to solve simple problems using these skills.
    This subject is the first subject in the Computing & Software Systems and the Informatics majors, and introduces students to programming and the basics of algorithmic thinking.
    INDICATIVE CONTENT
    Fundamental programming constructs; fundamental data structures; abstraction; basic program structures; algorithmic problem solving, testing and debugging; introduction to the Web, multimedia and visualisation.
    Examples of projects that students complete are:
    - A text analytics ?library? consisting of a series of independent functions to calculate/extract different things given a document/document collection as input
    - A video recommender system, broken down into a series of functions
    - An AI player for an online card game, designed such that students play off against each other (and against the class) at the end of semester.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.