CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Data Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
Content
Computers are everywhere and in nearly everything - the watch you wear, the phone you use, the car you drive, the games you play and, increasingly, in your home. CITS140 I is the first step along your path to being able to use computers to solve problems. Because computers cannot yet work using human languages, computer languages have been devised to allow algorithms encoding solutions to problems to be executed on computers. In this unit you will learn about, and use, the very popular language Python 3. Along the way you will also learn some problem solving techniques and how to create algorithms; you will also learn how computers execute your programs
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) create algorithms using computational thinking to solve a range of problems; (2) write programs using Python 3 to implement algorithms; (3) demonstrate the process of computational problem solving; and (4) apply common approaches to computational problem solving.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid-semester quiz; (2) projects; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Michael Wise (S1) Dr Ghulam Mubashar Hassan (S2)
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
or
higher
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week; workshop: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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