1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour laboratory weekly
1 x 2-hour practical weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of COMP1001, COMP1202, COMP8701, COMP8802 has been successfully completed
Assignments, Practical, Tests
Topic description

Introduction to computers and operating, network and intelligent systems. History of machine computation; System architecture - hardware, firmware, software and virtual; Boolean logic; Sets and relations; Data abstraction and manipulation; Algorithms and algorithmic design; Complexity of algorithms; Programming and scripting languages and toolboxes; File and database systems; Human-machine interaction; Computer graphics.

Educational aims

This topic aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of computation so that they will have the requisite background and context to appreciate the material in subsequent ICT and AI/CI topics as well as the capability of configuring and running publicly available software.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Be familiar with the fundamentals, nature and limitations of computation
  2. Be familiar with standard representations of data and the translation to and from standard forms
  3. Be aware of the structure of intelligent systems and their use
  4. Understand the social and ethical implications of the application of intelligent systems
  5. Construct simple imperative programs and scripts
  6. Use standard Artificial Intelligence and Computational Intelligence toolboxes

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.