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CITS1401

Problem Solving and Programming

Introduction and Admin

Semester 1,
2013


A/Prof Lyndon While

School of Computer Science & Software Engineering

The University of Western Australia

2

Objectives


CITS1401 covers


Many important problem
-
solving techniques used
widely in Computer Science and in programming


Writing basic programs in Python, a modern

high
-
level programming language


An introduction to software engineering


Computer

Science

is

no

more

about

computers

than

Astronomy

is

about

telescopes
.

(Edsger

Dijkstra)

3

Philosophy


CITS1401 is a first programming unit


No prior programming experience is assumed


But there is a wide range of student backgrounds


CITS1401 is the first in a series of units

designed to give you


Excellent problem
-
solving skills


A good understanding of the programming process


Exposure to a wide range of topics in ICT


Problem

solving

and

programming

are

like

swimming

and

juggling
:

practice

is

everything!

4

People & places


Unit coordinator: A/Prof Lyndon While


Consultation times: 10
-
11am Wednesdays



Lectures:


1

2 pm Mondays and Wednesdays in ELT1


All lectures are recorded and available via LMS


The slides are also available online via LMS

5

Labs


Supervised lab sessions run in Lab 2.03,

starting in Week 2


Several times are available


You are expected to attend one session each week


But feel free to attend multiple sessions


Free Wi
-
Fi is available


Working from home is also fine


But make sure you keep up!


The first two hours of each session is supervised



CITS1401 admin, Sem. 1 2012

6

Workshop


Workshops are at 4

5 pm Thursdays in Austin LT,
starting in Week 2


Purely optional on an as
-
needed basis


Aimed at students who are having difficulty with

the content or the pace of the unit material


Basic questions will be given priority over

more
-
advanced questions


Additional examples complementing the lectures


Embarrassment
-
free zone!




The

only

stupid

question

is

the

one

that

isn’t

asked!

7

Online


Everything

that is distributed in CITS1401

will be available from




The lecture recordings and slides are on LMS


Nothing else will be available via LMS


To make a query in CITS1401, or to initiate
discussion on any relevant topic, go to


https
:
//secure
.
csse
.
uwa
.
edu
.
au/run/help
1401

http
:
//undergraduate
.
csse
.
uwa
.
edu
.
au/courses/CITS
1401

8

help1401


Online discussion forum for CITS1401,

based on the philosophy of




Asking questions is useful:


Sometimes just formulating a question properly
helps you to realise the answer yourself!


Answering questions is useful:


Explaining something helps you to understand it,
and it generates good karma too!


READ

FIRST
:

if

the

answer

is

not

there,

THEN

POST

DO

NOT

post

assessment

code

to

help
1401

9

Announcements


Announcements will be made in three places


In CITS1401 lectures


On the CITS1401 web
-
site noticeboard


On
help1401






Any information distributed by email

will be sent to your UWA account


Check your account regularly, or forward it


When

an

announcement

has

been

made

in

these

three

places,

we

will

assume

that

you

are

aware

of

it
.

10

Text and other resources


Fundamentals of Python:
First Programs


Kenneth A. Lambert


ISBN: 9781111822705




http://undergraduate.csse.

uwa.edu.au/units/CITS1401/
resources/

11

Development environment


In the lab you will be using the Python
3.3

IDLE
available from python.org


An integrated software environment where you can
create, edit, execute, and debug programs


You can download this software free from
python.org and install it at home


It is available for all major operating systems

Note

that

all

work

submitted

for

assessment

will

be

tested

on

the

lab

set
-
up

12

Assessment


Assessment is based on both


understanding of fundamental concepts


practical problem
-
solving and programming skills


Mid
-
semester test


In Week 7, worth 15%


Two programming projects


Project 1 due in Week 8, worth 10%


Project 2 due in Week 13, worth 15%


Final exam


In the June exam period, worth 60%


13

Passing and satisfactory progress


To pass CITS1401, you must achieve


At least 50% overall,
and


Satisfactory progress: at least 40% in

Project 1 and the test combined,
and


At least 40% in the final exam


Students who fail to make satisfactory progress

will be notified in writing by the end of Week 10

and will be excluded from the final exam


Everyone

in

CITS
1401

is

capable

of

passing,

but

history

suggests

that

20
%

of

you

will

fail



who

do

you

want

to

be?

14

Seeking help


There are many avenues for seeking help


help1401


Supervised labs


Workshops


The text and other resources


Consultation times, and after lectures


http://www.student.uwa.edu.au/learning


You

are

not

alone
:

when

problems

arise,

seek

help

early!

15

UWA compulsory online modules


All students are required to complete

three online learning modules


Academic Conduct Essentials


Communication and Research Skills


Indigenous Study Essentials





The above site also contains many other resources
which will be useful in your studies


http
:
//www
.
student
.
uwa
.
edu
.
au/learning/resources

16

Week 1 in the labs


Obtain your computer account name and password


Organise your UWA email account


Obtain your timetable from OLCR


Familiarise yourself with the School web
-
site,

and the CITS1401 web
-
site


Install Python 3 on your computer at home