BUSN5101 Programming for Business

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.
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)
Dr Paul Bergey
Unit rules
BUSN5002 Fundamentals of Business Analytics
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python or equivalent.
Contact hours
Standard Semester: lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.