ITC558 Programming Principles (8)


This subject introduces students to the programming process. It begins with the development of problem solving skills relevant to the solution of programming problems. This subject is one of the foundation subjects for other studies in information technology because it develops skills, techniques and approaches that underpin many other areas of the discipline of computing.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 2
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
Session 3
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC558
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed ITC106, ITC140 or ITC415.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ITC106 ITC140 ITC415 ITC106 Covers similar content

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse the steps involved in a disciplined approach to problem-solving, algorithm development and coding;
  • be able to demonstrate and explain elements of good programming style;
  • be able to identify, isolate and correct errors; and evaluate the corrections in all phases of the programming process;
  • be able to interpret and implement algorithms and program code;
  • be able to apply and justify the concept of object orientation as an approach to data abstraction;
  • be able to apply sound program analysis, design, coding, debugging, testing and documentation techniques to simple programming problems;
  • be able to write code in an appropriate coding language;
  • be able to compare and contrast aspects of the procedural and object oriented programming approaches.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The major steps in the programming process.
  • Techniques for analysing programming problems.
  • Variables and expressions.
  • Control structures of sequence, selection, and iteration.
  • Designing appropriate test data.
  • Introduction to object orientation.
  • Debugging techniques.
  • Programming languages and their application areas.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.