COMPX101-19B (HAM)

Introduction to Computer Science

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Computer Science

Staff

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Convenor(s)

Lecturer(s)

Administrator(s)

Placement Coordinator(s)

Tutor(s)

: imht1@students.waikato.ac.nz

Student Representative(s)

Lab Technician(s)

Librarian(s)

: debby.dada@waikato.ac.nz

You can contact staff by:

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Paper Description

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This paper introduces computer programming in C# – the exciting challenge of creating software and designing artificial worlds within the computer. It also covers concepts such as the internals of the home computer, the history and future of computers, cyber security, computer gaming, and current research and challenges in computer science.
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Paper Structure

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Resources in the form of lecture notes, videos of lectures, course outline, background material, various user guides, lab and test sign-ups, practice tests, sample code, data files and weekly quizzes will be made available through the course Moodle website. Also available on the course Moodle website will be support through various interactive forums. Class attendance is expected. The lecture material, tutorials and laboratory practicals are all integral parts of the paper. Failure to attend any of these means the student may miss material not presented elsewhere. Students are responsible for all material covered in class.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Learning Outcomes
    Students who pass this paper will be able to create programs in C#, using the common graphical controls such as buttons, picture boxes and text fields. They will understand the basic concepts of event-driven and object-oriented programming. They will be able to use conditional statements to react to user input and process errors. They will be able to use iterative statements, arrays, and lists to process large amounts of data. The student will understand a broad range of significant Computer Science concepts.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment

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An overall mark of 50% is required for a pass, with a minimum of 40% in the final exam. An RP grade will not normally be accepted as fulfilling a prerequisite for a more advanced paper.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 67:33. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 33% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 67:33 or 33:67, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 33% or 67% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Pop Quiz
1
  • Hand-in: In Tutorial
2. Practical Test 1
31 Jul 2019
No set time
5
  • Hand-in: In Lab
3. Practical Test 2
14 Aug 2019
No set time
15
  • Hand-in: In Lab
4. Practical Test 3
2 Oct 2019
No set time
15
  • Hand-in: In Lab
5. In-class Written Test
6 Sep 2019
11:00 AM
10
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
6. Tutorial Hand Ins (10)
5
  • Hand-in: In Tutorial
7. Moodle Quizzes (10)
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Practical Exercises (11)
11
  • Hand-in: In Lab
9. Exam
33
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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'Starting out with Visual C#' by Tony Gaddis.
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Other Resources

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You should purchase a printed version of the Laboratory and Tutorial Manual from Campus Copy. Other resources will be made available in the lab and on Moodle.
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Online Support

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Workload

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Students should expect to spend about 10 hours per week on this paper, in the following proportions:

    Lectures3
    Tutorials
    2
    Supervised Labs
    2
    Private Study and Unsupervised Lab work
    3
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: ENGEN103 and COMP103, ENGEN103

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