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Monash University

FIT9004 Computer programming for business - Semester 1, 2013

This unit provides an introduction to the principles and practice of programming for business applications. This includes an overview of spreadsheet modelling and a detailed introduction to programming with Excel including general programming concepts, the syntax and semantics of a current business programming language, design and development of graphical user interfaces.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Day)
  • Sunway (Evening)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload requirements

For on-campus students, workload commitments per week are:

  • two-hour lecture
  • two-hour tutorial
  • a minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

Unit Relationships


BUS4520, BUS5520, BUS9001, BUS9003, BUS9004, GCO4801, BUS9520, GCO1810, FIT2066, BUS1010, FIT1013

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Poh Lim (Mary)


Lee Hee Jeong

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have:
  • a knowledge of the fundamentals of spreadsheets which will provide them with an understanding of spreadsheet modelling presentation and analysis using Excel;
  • learnt the fundamentals of OO concepts;
  • gained an understanding of the Excel object model;
  • learnt how to create Excel macros;
  • learnt the basics of programming including variables, data types, control structures, subroutines and functions;
  • learnt to create custom dialog boxes and custom forms using VBA;
  • the ability to create non-trivial applications using Visual Basic for Applications;
  • learnt to create executable programs with custom dialog boxes and custom forms using appropriate software tools.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction Tutorial in Week 1 (not assessed)
2 Excel Functions and Applications Weekly assessed Tutorials and Online Quizzes start in Week 2
3 Introduction to Excel VBA  
4 Programming Fundamentals  
5 Variables, Controls, and Debugging  
6 Control Structures  
7 Repetition and Custom Dialog Boxes  
8 Mid-semester Test in lecture Mid-semester Test in lecture
9 Dialog Box Controls  
10 Introduction to Access  
11 Access Maintenance Assignment due 5pm, Saturday 25 May 2013
12 Introduction to SQL and Access Macros Interview (to be scheduled)
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Assessment Summary

Examination (2.5 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Tutorials 5% Weekly (starting Week 2)
Online Quizzes 10% Weekly (starting Week 2)
Mid-semester Test 10% Week 8 in lecture
Assignment - Developing a System 15% Assignment due Saturday 5pm, 25 May 2013; Interview in Week 12 (to be scheduled)
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Students will be required to complete given tasks based on the lectures during the tutorial classes each week.
    Criteria for assessment:

    How well tasks are completed.

    The assessment criteria is fully described during each tutorial.

    Due date:
    Weekly (starting Week 2)
  • Assessment task 2
    Online Quizzes
    Weekly assessment of lecture topics. Students are required to log-in to the unit website on Moodle to attempt the quizzes. Two attempts are allowed and the highest score is taken.

    More information will be given in class.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Correct answers to questions.

    Due date:
    Weekly (starting Week 2)
  • Assessment task 3
    Mid-semester Test
    A test based on the lecture materials and tutorial tasks covered in Weeks 1-6 will be conducted in Week 8.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Students must demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the lecture materials and tutorial tasks from Weeks 1-6.

    Due date:
    Week 8 in lecture
  • Assessment task 4
    Assignment - Developing a System
    This is an individual assignment involving the development of a system using concepts and features from the unit content.
    Criteria for assessment:

    The assessment criteria will be based on your ability to perform the following tasks:

    • Write Macros (sub procedures) using VBA in Microsoft Excel
    • Use appropriate data types, to declare and use variables and/or constants
    • Use the Workbook, Worksheet and Range objects
    • Write event procedures for some Excel and VBA objects
    • Use other objects as necessary
    • Use repetition and selection structures in VBA code
    • Perform data validation on user input
    • Use the Vlookup() worksheet function in VBA code
    • Construct arithmetic expressions in VBA code
    • Follow appropriate rules relating to the scope of variables
    • Design user forms, using a variety of common graphic-controls (graphic-objects)

    Students are required to attend a 15-minute interview session allocated to them in Week 12 as part of the assignment assessment.

    Due date:
    Assignment due Saturday 5pm, 25 May 2013; Interview in Week 12 (to be scheduled)


  • Examination 1
    2.5 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Learning resources

Reading list

Recommended Reading:

For Excel:

Parsons, J.J., Oja, D., Ageloff, R., and Carey, P. (2010). New Perspectives on Microsoft Excel 2010Comprehensive (New Perspectives Series) (1st ed.). Course Technology, Cengage Learning. ISBN 9780538742917.

For Access:

Adamski, J.J., and Finnegan, K.T. (2010). New Perspectives on Microsoft Access 2010: Comprehensive (New Perspectives Series) (1st ed.). Course Technology, Cengage Learning. ISBN 0538798475.

For VBA:

Zak, D. (2000). Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications. Course Technology, Thomson Learning. ISBN 0619000201.

Mansfield, R. (2010). Mastering VBA for Office 2010. Sybex. ISBN 9780470634004.

Monash Library Unit Reading List

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Interviews
  • Test results and feedback

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

Microsoft Office 2010

Software may be purchased at educational prices from some software retailers.

Other Information


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