BUSN5101 Programming for Business

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Content
Today's businesses have an increasing need to make sense of the large quantities of structured and unstructured data that are generated. Understanding how to integrate large and complex data sets, and transform such data into meaningful insights and actions, is vital for business success. Business analysts equipped with basic programming skills will have greater awareness of the complexities of managing large data sets, the ability to converse with other technical experts (such as computer scientists), and the capacity to make meaning of the output given their business expertise.

This unit is designed for students with little to no programming experience. Foundational programming concepts (such as variables, arrays, conditional statements, loops, functions and procedures, and using libraries) will be taught and applied to business examples. Students will engage with general-purpose programming languages (such as Python) to write basic programs, integrate data sets, visualise, analyse and manage data.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of basic types of algorithms and the benefits of programs for automating various tasks; (2) validate programs, recognise how to avoid common coding errors, and perform individual and team program reviews; (3) evaluate fundamental data structures and associated algorithms; (4) create and evaluate algorithms for solving business problems; and (5) evaluate basic technical documents, presentations, and group interactions, using appropriate tools.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) team-based assignment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Mr Rasoul Hejazi
Unit rules
Incompatibility:
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python or equivalent.
Contact hours
Standard Semester: lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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