Computer Science

An Introduction to Practical Computing: COMPSCI 111/111G Semester 1, 2020

A practical introduction to computing that will build confidence and familiarity with computers. Topics include: web site design, an overview of computer hardware and operating systems, effective use of common applications, using the Internet as a communication medium, applying programming concepts, and social implications of technology.

As part of their practical work, students will create web pages, and use a variety of home and office applications including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

This course is designed for students who want a general introduction to computing. Experience with a wide range of practical applications will provide transferable skills that will be equally useful in academic and industry environments. No prior experience with computers is required, and help is always readily available from the teaching staff.

There are three one-hour lectures per week, and students will be required to attend one three-hour laboratory per week.

Final Exam: June 23rd 1pm -June 24th 1pm

  • The final exam is worth 50% of your final mark.
  • Material to be examined: Lectures 1 - 29 (inclusive) and Labs 1 - 9 (inclusive)
  • Time and Date: June 23rd 1pm -June 24th 1pm
  • This Final Assessment is out of 100 marks.
  • Attempt ALL questions.
  • You will need to put your answers into the Answer Booklet and save it as a pdf document. Upload the file on Canvas, like you do for the assignments.
  • This is an Open Book assessment. You may refer to and cite any written/printed material, including online sources.
  • You need to demonstrate your understanding of the subject matter and the ability to construct a well described solution or organised arguments to answer the question(s). Quotations (if used) should be used rarely and selectively.
  • You should include proper referencing of any material you have used (including author and year of publication). It is important that you do not just provide a list of quotations. Quotations should be used to support your own argument not replace it.
  • When a question requests you to explain your answer, that means you need to justify how you came up with the solution or why you made a certain choice. Be concise and as clear as possible.
  • You may choose to use diagram(s) to aid in your discussion. If you choose to do so, you may embed photo(s) of hand drawn diagram(s) into the answer booklet. It is your responsibility to ensure that the diagrams are clear, legible, and have proper resolution.
  • Please use standard text processing tools to type the answers and avoid hand-written answers where possible. Use images only when it is required.
  • This Final Assessment has been designed so that a well-prepared student could complete it within 2 hours.
  • You will need to put your answers into the Answer Booklet and save it as a pdf document. Upload the file on Canvas, like you do for the assignments. .Please do not use special characters in your file name as it can cause incompatibility issue.

Lecture Times and Locations

  • Monday: 9am in LgChem (Chemistry Building Room 301-G050)
  • Tuesday: 9am in LgChem (Chemistry Building Room 301-G050)
  • Friday: 9am in LgChem (Chemistry Building Room 301-G050)
Course Information

A copy of the course information sheet which contains contact information for staff, staff office hours, assessment summary, lecture schedule, lab schedule, and other course information is available here.

Online Course Reference Book

Weekly Labs

  • FTL (First Floor Teaching Laboratory) Room 303S-175 on the first floor of the the Computer Science Extension to the Maths & Physics Building (Building 303S).
  • Please note that labs start in the second week of the semester, but please visit the lab during the first week and check that your username and password work on our computers.
  • Please bring along a flash drive, a pen and your Student Id card to your lab session each week.
  • Lab assignments must be handed in no later than 5 minutes before the start of your next laboratory session.
  • If you have any problems or queries regarding the labs, please see the lab supervisor, Ann Cameron.

  • Marks can be checked on Canvas.
    Please check your marks each week and contact Ann Cameron if there are any problems.
  • All lecture slides, past years' tests and exams, etc. can be found on this web site. Lab related files will be found in the course related folder on the laboratory computers and lecture recordings can be found on Canvas.
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Final Learning Outcomes

A student who successfully completes this course should:

  • have confidence with and a general knowledge of personal computers
  • be able to write simple computer programs
  • be able to use some common applications, e.g. spreadsheets, word processing, databases
  • have knowledge of the Internet and its social issues, as well as other types of networks
  • be able to design and write a simple web page
  • have a basic understanding of the origins and design of computing hardware and software
  • have a basic understanding of selected current research topics in Computer Science (e.g. AI and Game Design)


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