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Introduction to Python Programming (COMP90059)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCOMP90059
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This subject introduces the fundamental concepts of computing programming, and how to solve simple problems using the high-level procedural language Python, with a specific emphasis on data manipulation, transformation, and visualisation of scientific data.


Fundamental programming constructs; fundamental data structures; abstraction; basic program structures; algorithmic problem solving; solving simple differential equations; use of modules.

The subject assumes no prior knowledge of computer programming.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Develop programs that can manipulate static, structured data using the Python programming language
  2. Use programming to effectively communicate data to non-technical people
  3. Employ basic algorithmic problem-solving techniques
  4. Identify the kind of data and algorithm most appropriate for solving a given problem.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following skills:

  • Handle large datasets in digital format
  • Exercise critical judgement; undertake rigorous and independent thinking
  • Adopt a problem-solving approach to new and unfamiliar tasks
  • Develop high-level written report and/or oral presentation skills
  • Interrogate, synthesise and interpret the published literature
  • Work as part of a team.

Last updated: 23 January 2019