CSE1301 Introduction to Computer Programming , Unit Information Guide (Semester 1, 2006)

Chief Examiner Ingrid Zukerman
Clayton : Ingrid Zukerman

Computer Systems Algorithms and problem solving The C Programming Language Programming concepts and techniques I/O Boolean values and selection Iteration Functions Pointers Flowcharts and Debugging Arrays Strings Structures File I/O Number representation and numerical computing Recursion Software Engineering

Objectives Knowledge and Understanding

Students completing 1301 should have Knowledge of

  • Algorithms and their components
  • The C Programming Language
  • Software Engineering Concepts and techniques
  • Numerical Computing and number representation
  • Algorithms for searching and sorting
  • Basic concepts of complexity of algorithms
  • Simple data structures

    Comprehension of

  • The reasons for choosing certain data structures or algorithms
  • The problem solving process
  • Simple C programs
  • Simple algorithms
  • The basics of complexity of algorithms, and the reasons why it's important.

    Application of

  • Software Engineering techniques
  • Searching and sorting algorithms to simple data structures
  • Basic Complexity analysis
  • Simple numerical techniques (such as converting between number representations)
  • problem solving techniques
  • Conversion of mathematical and worded problems into algorithms and code
  • Debugging and testing programs

    Analysis of

  • The appropriateness of different algorithms in different situations
  • The correctness of a program
  • The accuracy of a program relative to a flow-chart or structure diagram

    Synthesis of

  • Simple programs to solve simple problems

    Evaluation of

  • The appropriateness of different algorithms in different situations

    Prerequisites You should have knowledge of [Math methods units 3 & 4 or equivalent in VCE certificate (or equivalent) ]

    Unit relationships

    CSE1301 is a core unit in the Systems Engineering degree. There are no prohibitions with Engineering units.

    Other Prohibitions: CFR1111, CFR1121, CFR1124, CFR1403, CFR2121, CFR7101, CSC1011, CSC1021, CSE2121, DGS1301, GCO1811, GCO2851, RDT1301, SFT1101, SFT1111, SFT2121, SFT2202, SFT7600, BUS1060 (for Bachelor of Computer Science students), BUS1060 (for Bachelor of Software Engineering students).

    Texts and software

    Required text(s)


  • K N King, C Programming: A Modern Approach, Norton, 1996

  • Deitel and Deitel, C: How to Program, Prentice-Hall, 1994 (2nd edition).
  • Brookshear, Computer Science: An Overview, Benjamin-Cummings, 2000 (6th edition).
  • RECOMMENDED for students with previous programming experience:

  • Kernighan and Ritchie, The C Programming Language, ANSI C edition, Prentice-Hall, 1988.


    Text books are available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

    Software requirements:

    C compiler.

    Software may be:

    • downloaded from http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~lcc-win32/

    Hardware requirements:

    Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to n hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

    Recommended reading


  • K N King, C Programming: A Modern Approach, Norton, 1996

  • Deitel and Deitel, C: How to Program, Prentice-Hall, 1994 (2nd edition).
  • Brookshear, Computer Science: An Overview, Benjamin-Cummings, 2000 (6th edition).
  • RECOMMENDED for students with previous programming experience:

  • Kernighan and Ritchie, The C Programming Language, ANSI C edition, Prentice-Hall, 1988.


    Library access You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.
    Study resources

    Study resources for CSE1301 are:

    CSE1301 web site:
    where lecture slides, weekly tutorial requirements, assignment specifications, sample solutions and supplementary material will be posted.

    Structure and organisation



    Study Guide


    The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+


    Assessment for the unit consists of n assignments with a weighting of x% and an examination with a weighting of y%. Read this section VERY carefully.

    Assessment Component Hurdle Programming Practical Classes Assessment 30% 13/30 Mid-semester Test 10%
    none Final Exam 60% 27/60
    Overall 100% 50/100


    Assessment Policy

    To pass this unit you must:

    Pass the hurdle requirements outlined in the above table.

    Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

    pracs*0.3 + test*0.1 + exam * 0.6

    Assessment Requirements


    Due Date


    Assignment specifications will be made available . Information about assignments will be published on the Unit's Notices Newsgroup.

    Assignment Submission Methods

    Assignments will be submitted by electronic submission to [enter submission URL/location] On-campus Students Submit the assignment to the [enter submission location] by [enter submission date], with the appropriate cover sheet correctly filled out and attached Off Campus (OCL) students [OCL only] Mail your assignment to the Off-Campus Learning Centre with the cover sheet attached. Singapore and Hong Kong Students [Gippsland only] Mail your assignment to the Distance Education Centre with the cover sheet attached. Do not email submissions. The due date is the date by which the submission must be received/the date by which the the submission is to be posted

    Extensions and late submissions

    Late submission of assignments

    Assignments should be completed during the practicals, and will not be received after the end of the practical.

    This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 


    It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

    Grading of assessment

    Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

    HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
    In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
    D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
    In the 70-79% range.
    C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
    In the 60-69% range.
    P Pass - acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
    In the 50-59% range.
    N Not satisfactory -  failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
    Below 50%.

    We will aim to have prac results made available to you during the prac or shortly thereafter.

    Feedback Feedback to you

    You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

    Feedback from you

    You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

    And if you are having problems

    It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

    Plagiarism and cheating

    Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

    In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

    When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

    Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

    Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

    Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.


    Lecturer consultation hours.

    Helpdesk consultation hours.

    Email to the head tutor and to the lecturer.


    Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the Unit Website. Check it regularly. Failure to read the Notices newsgroup is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

    Consultation Times

    Wednesday 1:15-2:15.

    If direct communication with your unit adviser/lecturer or tutor outside of consultation periods is needed you may contact the lecturer and/or tutors at:

    Professor Ingrid Zukerman
    Phone +61 3 990 55202
    Fax +61 3 990 55157

    All email communication to you from your lecturer will occur through your Monash student email address. Please ensure that you read it regularly, or forward your email to your main address. Also check that your contact information registered with the University is up to date in My.Monash.

    Last updated: May 4, 2006