Introduction to Information Technology (4478.8)
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|Academic Program Area - Maths & Technology||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomes1. On successfully completing this unit, students will be able to: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of information technology (including binary numbers and Boolean logic);
2. Design and write HTML webpages, including CSS;
3. Demonstrate competency in applying fundamental programming concepts and data structures to create small software applications using a graphical user interface and a variety of controls for user interaction, and employing good programming principles;
4. Understand the fundamentals of file input/output and relational databases; and
5. Test software applications in a systematic and efficient way.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
PrerequisitesCompletion of the 24 credit point preparatory studies for the course or equivalent.
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Greg Anderson, David Ferro & Robert Hilton, "Connecting with Computer Science", 2nd ed., Course Technology, Cengage Learning, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4390-8035-1
This book is available for purchase, for example, in the Co-op Bookshop on campus. A limited number of copies of this book are also available from the library.
B. Eckel, "Thinking in Java", 4th ed., ISBN 978-0-131-87248-6, 2006, Prentice Hall PTR
These books provide additional reading for students wishing to broaden and deepen their understanding. A limited number of copies of these books are also available from the library.
J.G. Brookshear, "Computer Science - An Overview", 10th ed., ISBN 978-0-321-54428-5, 2009, Pearson
D. Reed, "A Balanced Introduction to Computer Science", 2nd ed., ISBN 978-0-13-601722-6, 2008, Pearson
A limited number of copies of this book are also available from the library.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Assignments will be submitted electronically through the Unit Website interface on Canvas (LearnOnline). For the HTML web programming assignment, this will be the HTML code, CSS file and all other required data files. For the Java programming assignment, this will be the software code developed by each student using the materials and equipment list under 4b. Submissions have to be in ZIP format. Details are given in the specific assignment description on Canvas.
Special assessment requirements
The IIT unit uses both formative and summative forms of assessment. Students are required to satisfactorily complete a number of assignments and assessable items and to perform satisfactorily in the final exam. Specifications for the assignments and requirements for satisfactory completion are given on the IIT unit website on Canvas (LearnOnline).
Assignments are meant to be individual work, although talking a problem over with another student or tutor is considered one reasonable way of learning. However, the actual assignment submission must be your own work. Students are expected to familiarise themselves with the University's Student Academic Integrity Policy https://guard.canberra.edu.au/policy/policy.php?pol_id=3351
Students will receive formative feedback on their original assignment submissions and may optionally prepare a revised version of their assignment for Resubmission by the resubmission due date (3 weeks after original submission due date). The final assignment mark will then be determined as the average of the marks for the original assignment submission and the revised resubmission. For example, a student received 30/50 marks in the original submission, prepared a revised version based on the feedback and received 50/50 marks for the resubmission. The final mark is then (30+50)/2 = 40 marks. Students contend with their original assignment submission mark may choose not to resubmit a revised version. In that case, the original mark will be the final mark.
Assignment submissions will be assessed for addressing the specific requirements of each assignment, as stated in the assignment descriptions, as well as for employing good programming principles. All assessment items will receive a numerical mark, which together in their entirety define a student's final grade and mark as outlined in section 5a.
Late submission of assignments
Late assignments will attract a penalty of 5% of the assignment's mark per 24 hours or part thereof. In other words, assignments submitted late in the first 24h after the assignment deadline will receive a 5% penalty; assignments submitted between 24h and 48h late will receive a 10% penalty and so on up to the maximum penalty of 100%. An assignment submitted over 7 days late will not be accepted. In extenuating circumstances a late submission may be considered upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
Extensions: Extensions must be applied for before the due date
Students can apply for an extension to the submission due date for an assessment item on the grounds of illness or other unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances. The IIT unit follows the same acceptable grounds as for Deferred Exam requests (http://www.canberra.edu.au/student-services/examinations/alternative-exams). Documentary evidence will be expected for an extension to be considered.
It should be noted that such documentation will be considered but will not guarantee that the application will be successful. The Unit Convener will decide whether to grant an extension and the length of the extension.
In the event a student misses the end of semester examination due to illness or other exceptional circumstances, the procedures outlined on http://www.canberra.edu.au/student-services/examinations/alternative-exams must be followed (including submitting the online deferred application form within 3 days of scheduled exam to the Examinations Office).
Responsibility for understanding
If there is any doubt with regard to the requirements of any particular assignments or
assessment procedure, the onus for clarifying the issue rests with the student who should
contact the unit Convener or tutor. Further, it is the responsibility of students to ensure that
they are correctly enrolled in the unit and that the tutor and Student Administration have their
correct contact details.
Final Grade and Mark
To obtain a particular grade in this unit it is necessary that there are no outstanding resubmissions at the end of Week 13. All assessment items will receive a numerical mark. The final grade will be determined as a weighted average of the individual assessment items.
To be awarded a particular grade in IIT, students must meet the overall requirements,
the assignment requirements and the exam requirements in the table below. All grades
are conditional upon the following minimum requirements:
- minimum 50% of combined marks from the two assignments, and
- minimum 25% in each of the two assignments, and
- minimum 50% on exam paper
Assignments + Exam
Minimum 50% of combined weighted marks of all assessment items
Minimum 65% combined weighted marks of all assessment items
Minimum 75% combined weighted score of all assessment item
Minimum 85% combined weighted score of all assessment item
The unit convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
There will be no supplementary or deferred tests. The final exam will have an increased weighting for students who miss the Week 7 Online Test or the Software Testing Computer Lab Test due to illness or other acceptable grounds and who produce the required documentary evidence.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Expected Average Student Workload: * denotes an assessable item
- Lectures (face to face): 11 x 2h = 22h
- Lecture/Workshops 11 x 2h = 22h
- Tutorials / Computer labs: 11 x 2h = 22h
- Preparation (lectures, tutorials, computer labs) 11 x 2h = 22h
- *Web Programming Assignment = 12h
- *Java Programming Assignment = 32h
- *Online Test (Quiz, incl. preparation) = 6h
- *Final Exam (incl. preparation) = 12h
Total 150 hours
Your participation in both class and online activities will enhance your understanding of the unit content and therefore the quality of your assessment responses. Lack of participation may result in your inability to satisfactorily pass assessment items. Experience has shown that students who do not attend the classes will have difficulty in passing the subject.
Required IT skills
Basic familiarity with Windows, Linux or Mac operating systems.
Text book, 2x USB thumb drives and consumables.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Not applicable to this unit.
Foundation of Unit
This unit provides an introduction of fundamental technical concepts in the area of information technology as well as an overview of basic programming concepts.
Provision of information to the group
Notifications through the Canvas Announcements Forum or the Canvas Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's Canvas website (Canvas forum messages are also emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Canvas discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
Use of student email account
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the unit Convener is informed. The minimum participation requirement must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation).
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