FIT1040 - Digital futures: adventures in programming - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Marc Cheong

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


FIT1045, FIT1048, FIT1051, FIT1053, FIT1002. Note that FIT1040 can only be completed prior to FIT1045, FIT1048 and FIT1051 or equivalent.


This unit will provide students with an overview of the fundamentals required to create programs. Students will learn to develop descriptions of algorithms and program logic using pseudocode which will be implemented as working software programs using a visual procedural programming language. The unit will explore a variety of application domains including: computer games, simple applications for business and science, computer generated arts, and computer-based simulations. The topics covered will include the fundamental concepts: data types and structures, basic types of input and output, program control structures, and modular design along with the basics of event-driven programming and objects. These topics will be covered while placing an emphasis on the need to design program code that is easy to maintain, read, test, and is well documented.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise the relationship between a problem description and program design;
  2. implement problem solving strategies;
  3. construct and test simple computer programs;
  4. analyse and debug existing programs;
  5. recognise the importance of good practices in programming.


Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2 hours of lectures
    • One 2-hour laboratory
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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