Computer Science


COMPSCI 111/111G Semester 2, 2018
An Introduction to Practical Computing


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

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Course Information and Lecture/Lab Schedule

A copy of the course information sheet containing contact information for staff, staff office hours, assessment summary, how to catch up on a missed lecture or lab, how to seek assistance, lecture/lab schedule and other course information is available here.

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Lecture Times and Locations

  • Morning stream:
    • Monday 9am in PLT1 (Room 303-G20 in the Maths and Physics Building)
    • Tuesday 9am in LibB15 (Room 109-B15 in the basement of the General Library)
    • Wednesday 9am in PLT1 (Room 303-G20 in the Maths and Physics Building
  • Afternoon stream:
    • Monday 5pm in PLT1 (Room 303-G20 in the Maths and Physics Building)
    • Tuesday 2pm in PLT1 (Room 303-G20 in the Maths and Physics Building)>
    • Wednesday 2pm in PLT1 (Room 303-G20 in the Maths and Physics Building)

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Online Course reference book

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Labs

  • Each week you will have a compulsory laboratory.
  • Please note that labs start in the second week of the semester.
  • Lab Location: First Floor Teaching Laboratory - Room 303S-175 on the first floor of the the Computer Science Extension to the Maths & Physics Building (Building 303S).
  • Video clip showing how to get to the CompSci111 Lab (FTL)
  • Please bring your Student Id card, a pen, and a USB flash drive with you each week
  • Lab assignments must be handed in as soon as possible but 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.
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Lab Assignments

  • Lab assignment booklets will be handed out at the beginning of each lab.
  • Lab assignments must be handed in as soon as possible after your lab session but no later than 5 minutes before the start of your next lab session.
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Marks

  • Marks can be checked in Canvas.
    Please check your marks each week and contact Ann Cameron if there are any problems.
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Canvas

All marks, lecture recordings and announcements can be found on Canvas.

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Test - Tuesday, 21st August, 2018
  • The test is worth 20% of your final mark.
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, 21st August 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Please arrive by 6:15pm as you will be given reading time.
  • Please notify Ann Cameron if you have a test clash
  • The test will cover the material taught in Lectures 1 - 13 (inclusive) and Labs 1 - 4 (inclusive).
  • The entire test will be Multi-Choice and you will be answering these questions on a teleform sheet. Please read the following instructions on filling out a Teleform sheet before you go to the test:
  • How to fill out a Teleform sheet
  • Please bring your Student Id card, 2 pencils and an eraser
  • Tests from previous semesters can be found on the Tests and Exams page.
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Test Room Allocations (Based on Surname)
Surname
Room
Location
Abdo - Hioki Lib B28 (Library Basement, Room 109-B28)
Hong - Malik HSB1 (Human Sciences Building, Room 201N-346)
Malvar - SetoLib B15 (Library Basement, Room 109-B15)
Seuseu - Wu Lib B10 (Library Basement, Room 109-B10)
Xiao - Zhuang HSB2 (Human Sciences Building, Room 201N-352)
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Final Exam

  • The final exam is worth 60% of your final mark.
  • The exam will cover the material taught in Lectures 1 - 29 (inclusive) and Labs 1 - 9 (inclusive).
  • Time and Date: To be announced on SSO
    It is a 2 hour exam. Please check your exam timetable on Student Services Online (SSO) for a confirmation of the date and time.
  • Examination room lists will be posted online and on Campus noticeboards by 5.00pm the day before your examination.
  • The exam is closed book, and calculators are not permitted.
  • Section A of the exam is Multi-Choice and you will be answering these questions on a teleform sheet. Please read the following instructions on filling out a Teleform sheet before you go to the exam:
  • How to fill out a Teleform sheet
  • Please ensure you bring a dark pencil and eraser to the exam for filling out the Teleform Sheet
  • Exams from previous semesters can be found on the Tests and Exams page.
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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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