Computer Science

COMPSCI 111/111G Semester 2, 2017
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, PowerPoint 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.

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. The course information can also be found at the front of your lab manual.

Lecture Times and Locations

  • 11am stream:
    • Monday 11am in HSB1 (Room 201N-346 in Human Sciences Building)
    • Tuesday 11am in LibB28 (Room 109-B28 in the basement of the General Library)
    • Thursday 11am in HSB1 (Room 201N-346 in Human Sciences Building)
  • 1pm stream:
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 1pm in HSB1 (Room 201N-346 in Human Sciences Building)

Online Course reference book

Lab Manual

  • The CompSci111/111G lab manual can be purchased from the University Book Shop (UBS) in the Kate Edger Building.
  • Please ensure you have the Semester Two, 2017 version of the lab manual. You cannot use lab manuals from previous semesters.
  • Please bring along your lab manual to your lab sessions each week along with a USB flash drive.

  • 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 USB flash drive, your lab manual with you each week
  • Lab assignments must be handed in 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 in Canvas.
    Please check your marks each week and contact Ann Cameron if there are any problems.

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

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Final Exam: Monday, 6th November, 2017

  • 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: 5:45pm on Monday, 6th November, 2017
    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.
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 and debug 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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