Course Outline

CSC100 Computer Science Project and Ethics

Course Coordinator:Erica Mealy ( School:School of Science, Technology and Engineering

2024Semester 2

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course immerses you in the field of Computer Science (CS), through an industry-like team environment that will encourage active application of major CS topics including ethics, project management, systems design, UML, databases, computer organisation, operating systems, algorithms, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and boolean logic and algebra. By providing a high-level picture of the CS industry, this course gives a taste of what you can expect to encounter throughout your Computer Science degree and beyond.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Seminar – Whole of course meeting 1hr Week 1 4 times
Learning materials – Asynchronous online learning materials 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On-campus Theory workshop 1hr Week 1 10 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – On-campus Computer Workshop - project 2hrs Week 4 9 times

Course Topics

  • Introduction to course/topic overview, Introduction to Ethics, Introduction to group Dynamics 
  • Social and Ethical Issues; User-Centered Design and implications
  • Software Development methods 
  • Computer organisation and operating systems
  • System Specification and design; UML and Modelling
  • History and Structure of Programming Languages; Software Engineering
  • Pseudocode, APIs and Algorithms; Theory of Computation
  • Data, Boolean Logic and Algebra, Data Structures
  • Database Design, Development and Integration
  • Systems Integration and Testing 
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cyber Security Basics
  • Future CS Trends: Cloud & Mobile, Wearable Technology & Internet of Things; Course Summary

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate knowledge of computing fundamentals. Knowledgeable
2 Design solutions to computing problems. Creative and critical thinker
3 Work as part of a team to communicate computing activities through a written specification, design and implementation report. Engaged
4 Demonstrate an appreciation of the impact of computing in a range of settings. Sustainability-focussed
5 Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in computing and cultural considerations in the production of computer applications. Ethical

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.




Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

​Weekly tutorial assessments in Task 1 will provide students with summative feedback weekly from weeks 1 – 10. Additionally, the group assessment in Task 2 will be designed to have regular formative feedback milestones that students are encouraged to submit their work. students are encouraged to submit their work. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Portfolio Individual 25%
Weeks 1 -10, 1000 words
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Case Study Individual 40%
1500 words
Week 11 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Oral and Written Piece Group 35%
2000 words each including programming
Team presentations of 5 - 10 minutes
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Portfolio The WIRED world
This portfolio task will develop your appreciation of the complexities and ethical nuances that emerge in computer science. You will apply course theoretical and practical computing fundamentals and processes to everyday computer science issues.
Product: Portfolio
Submit: Weekly in tutorial. 

You will submit weekly responses to stimulus materials provided in the Canvas Learning Materials. 

The portfolio will then be marked based on completion and a final reflection of this portfolio based on the stated criteria.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Completeness of portfolio
Quality and accuracy of developed solutions or process applications
1 2
Creativity and innovation of responses
1 2
Application of fundamental CS theory to a problem
1 2
Depth and breadth of ethical and sustainability considerations
All - Assessment Task 2:Case Study Ethics
You will explore a specific ethical case study and demonstrate an understanding of ethical and societal considerations for computer science design and development.
Product: Case Study
Academic product 


1500 words 

Written report on identified case study of societal and ethical significance. Topics will be available in the Task 3 Assessment folder.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Depth of interpretation, justification and analysis of the case study both ethically and in relation to societal considerations presented during the course.
2 4 5
Accuracy of identified recommendation
1 2 4 5
Evidence of depth and breadth of research including related cases, ethical frameworks and associated literature cited within report and in reference list.
1 2 4 5
All - Assessment Task 3:Group Design and Programming Assignment
This is an industry-based simulation task to immerse you into a CS industry environment. You will work in a team through a guided development process developing a group-based computing application, from beginning to end. You will be responsible for specific elements of this project and will be assessed based on specific contributions to the team and collaboration skills.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
Submit: Final Due Exam block, Formative Milestones as Advised on Canvas.

Professional product 

Group assessment: approximately 5000-7000 words + Oral presentation 10 minutes total for whole team including code

Oral, Report and Application program. 

The group will create a set of team management procedures and processes, system specifications and design document, and project implementation for a provided stakeholder description.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Peer assessment of team performance
Depth and breadth of innovation and creativity for design and specification
2 4 5
Accuracy of mapping from established design to implemented product.
Justification of decisions made relating to societal impact and ethical considerations.
Organisation: meeting formative milestones throughout the course
1 2 3
Quality of finished product
1 2 3 4 5

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Recommended Behrouz Forouzan 2018 Foundations of Computer Science 4th Edition n/a
Recommended George Reynolds 2018 Ethics in Information Technology 6th Edition Cengage Learning
Recommended Kathy Schwalbe 2018 Information Technology Project Management 9th Edition Cengage Learning

Specific requirements

Access to computer.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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