This unit of study aims to develop the basic skills, both in understanding the underlying domains and in understanding the fundamentals of the programming process itself, required for programming scientific and engineering applications. This understanding includes what constitutes a “good” program and what an algorithm is. In particular, this unit is concerned with when to apply a specific solution approach, how to manage program complexity, and how to maintain healthy software solutions for scientific and engineering problems.

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Describe and apply the basics of programming for an engineering application
  • Use a programming language, and associated class libraries, to develop and implement a technical software application
  • Design and implement a sustainable code base for scientific and engineering problems
  • Design, implement, evaluate, and apply unit testing and documentation strategies in developing technical software
  • Demonstrate teamwork skills to produce high-quality project reports and deliver professional presentations

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
2.00 12 weeks 24
2.00 12 weeks 24
Unspecified Activities
Independent Learning
8.50 12 weeks 102


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Design ProjectGroup 20 - 50% 3,4,5 
PortfolioIndividual 20 - 40% 1,2,3 
TestIndividual 5 - 10% 1,2,3 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

(i) An aggregate mark of 50% or more, and


  • Programming fundamentals
  • Data structures basics
  • Errors and Exceptions handling
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Program design for scientific and engineering problems
  • Program documentation

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.