SIT172 - Programming for Engineers


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour practical per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week.


Students entering the workforce as engineers will from time to time be expected to use, enhance or even develop software to complete their daily tasks solving engineering problems. This unit introduces students to the process of taking an engineering problem, identifying its components, and expressing a solution in computational terms.  MATLAB and Excel are used to define, develop, analyse and solve engineering problems.  Pseudo code and the C programming language is used to illustrate programming constructs, I/O basics, data types and storage, operators, control flow, repetition, functional decomposition, modularity and reuse.

On successful completion of this unit, students will have the ability to use a standard approach to problem definition, problem solving and program development, as well as understand the structure theorem and be aware of its consequences for algorithm design.

Students will develop the knowledge to enable them to analyse engineering problems, select the software tool or develop a software solution, process a solution and report results.

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