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CSC1401 Foundation Programming

Semester 3, 2021 Online
Short Description: Foundation Programming
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020103 - Programming
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 16 June 2021


Examiner: Davoud Mougouei


Programming is relevant to both computing professionals and individuals who wish to be more than end-users. The topics in the course will allow students to learn programming in a Web context, but should also develop skills transferrable to other languages, paradigms and contexts. The course is appropriate for students wishing to have only a single exposure to programming, but is also sufficient for students intending to complete further programming instruction.


This course covers foundational programming knowledge (including language syntax and facilities) as well as strategies which allow programmers to apply such knowledge to solve programming problems. Students will learn to analyse and comprehend existing programs and create solutions to programming problems individually and in teams by generating programs which apply programming strategies covered in the course.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the programming language knowledge by comprehending code in existing programs;
  2. Apply programming language knowledge to generate programs;
  3. Comprehend programming strategies, including working in teams, by analysing programs which demonstrate such strategies;
  4. Create solutions to programming problems, within a team, by generating programs which apply programming strategies;
  5. Demonstrate problem solving in the context of programming through designing, debugging, implementing and testing programs;
  6. Demonstrate academic and professional literacy by applying computer and mathematical skills to analyse algorithms and data structures.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Programming Process, HTML and JavaScript, Sequence, Ethics 10.00
2. Values, Objects, Arrays, Operations, Dynamic typing, Roles of variables 10.00
3. Expressions, Using Functions, User I/O, String handling 10.00
4. Programming Strategies (Initialisation, Averaging, Divisibility, Cycle position, Number decomposition, Triangular swap) 10.00
5. Testing, Debugging, Programming Style 10.00
6. Selection, Iteration, Recursion 10.00
7. Programming Strategies (Guarded exceptions, Counter controlled loops, Primed sentinel controlled loops, Validation) 10.00
8. Writing Functions, Problem solving (Pseudocode, Teamwork Strategies), 10.00
9. Programming Strategies (Summing, Counting, Tallying, Searching, Min/Max, Sorting) 10.00
10. Interacting with HTML objects, Forms, Events 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Freeman Eric T, Robson Elisabeth 2014, Head First JavaScript Programming, O'Reilly, Farnham.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 40.00
Examinations 2.00
Online Tutorials 12.00
Private Study 111.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
QUIZZES 10 10 21 Nov 2021 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 1 16 8 09 Dec 2021 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 2 24 12 13 Jan 2022
ASSIGNMENT 3 40 20 10 Feb 2022
OPEN EXAMINATION - ONLINE 50 50 End S3 (see note 3)

  1. Quizzes are due to be completed by 11:55pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Sundays at the end of each teaching week.
  2. As assignments are submitted electronically they are due 11:55pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on each due date.
  3. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    The details regarding deferred/supplementary examinations will be communicated at a later date.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students may be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  5. The referencing system to be used in this course is supported by the Department. Information on this referencing system and advice on how to use it can be found in the course materials.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to an appropriate computer either via the student's own arrangements or a USQ study centre.

  2. No further assignments will be accepted for assessment purposes after assignments or sample solutions have been released, except in extenuating circumstances.

  3. Students will require email and internet access for this course.

  4. Assignment specifications are available on the course website.

Date printed 16 June 2021