Specialist Award In Computer Programming

Study the theory and practice of software development and improve you computer programming skills.

Course Code: VIT008
Fee Code: PA
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Specialist Award
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Become a Programmer
 
 
If you already know your discipline and industry, you have a head start on being a successful applying I.T. in that industry. This course is designed to "top up" the skills you already have; giving you expanded skills you can offer employers or clients; and new ways of applying the knowledge you already have in an industry you already know.
 
Add programming to your existing skills, to broaden business opportunities or attactiveness to employers.
  • You don't need to commit to a degree to be an I.T. Professional
  • Many IT professionals are in fact not qualified at all
  • Success in IT comes by having up to date, usable skills; good networking (contacts with industry) and being commercially sensitive.
 
What is a Specialist Award?
  • a type of “specialist” certificate;
  • a way of topping up an existing degree or diploma with professional training that gives your employablilty a quantum leap forward;
  • designed to provide a qualification to reflect “knowledge or skills” in a specialised area

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Specialist Award In Computer Programming.
 Industry Project I BIP000
 Workshop I BGN103
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 6 modules.
 Html (Writing a Website) VIT102
 Visual Basic.Net BIT101
 ASP.NET BIT200
 C# Programming BIT211
 Javascript BIT202
 SQL For The Web BIT201
 

Note that each module in the Specialist Award In Computer Programming is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


HTML is the usual starting point for anyone to learn programming.
 
It is a relatively easy to learn programming language that is fundamental to a lot of programming on the internet. If you want to be able to program, or even just do basic editing, on web sites; this is a good language to begin with.
 
Programming is not a job that suits everyone; but it is a job that is valuable in many different workplaces.
 
Here is an extract from our html course. If you understand this, you are probably capable of learning html.
 
THE STRUCTURE OF AN HTML PAGE

All HTML pages must start with <html> and end with </html>. There is one exception being the <!doctype> tag which is discussed in Lesson 7. For now, you will not be using this tag, so all your HTML pages should start and finish with <html> tags. Additionally, they must contain a head section, e.g. <head> … </head> followed by a body section, e.g. <body> … </body>

Review your first HTML page and notice that some of the tags and text were indented slightly. This is done to help make your code more readable both to yourself and others who may need to change or update your pages in future.

The layout of your tags is not important to the browser, but is important to you as the author, especially as your pages become more detailed and complicated. The indenting should reflect the logical structure of the page. For example, tags contained within other tags should be indented, just as the <title> tags are indented from the <head> tags in your first HTML page. Likewise, the <p> tags are indented from the <body> tags. An obvious exception is the indenting of all tags within the <html> tags. To do this would result in excessively indented pages.

The process of indenting tags is called nesting, and is an important skill to master. While indenting is not important to browsers, correct nesting is. This means that tags should be closed in the reverse order to which they were opened. An HTML page that is correctly nested is referred to as well formed; this is discussed in more detail in Lesson 7.


Structure of Tags
Tags are not case sensitive; <em> means the same as <EM>. However, lower case is the standard that has been adopted for future versions of HTML (called XHTML).

Remember that end tags use the same keyword as start tags but include a forward slash before the keyword.

Tag Attributes
Some tags may have attributes, which select a variable specific for that tag, for example:

<table border=”1”>

Here border=”1” is the attribute of the <table> tag and in this case the browser will create a table with a border one pixel wide. The attribute should be immediately followed with an equals sign (i.e. =), and then the value of the attribute should be typed within double quote marks. Again, the browser will accept either single or double quotes, but double quotes are the standard for later versions of HTML.

Tags can have none, one or more attributes. Here are some other examples of tags and attributes:

<p align=”left”> Align the text in this paragraph to the left.

<td valign=”top” width=”50%”> Make a table cell 50 percent as wide as the table width and align its contents to the top of the cell; valign is the attribute to set vertical alignment.
<font color=”#999999”> Set the text to a colour specified as a HEX value.
 

 

 

 

 
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There are no entry requirements that you need to meet to enrol in our courses, our courses are for everyone.
If you are under 18, we need written permission from your parent/ guardian for your enrolment to continue, we can arrange that after you have enrolled.

You don’t need to purchase any additional resources to complete our courses.

We aim to teach you the essentials without you having to purchase any specific computer program.
We recommend that you have access to a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs, so that you can easily complete and submit your assignments.

You sure can. We are here to help you learn whatever your abilities.

Yes, if you are enrolling in a Certificate or Advanced Certificate, you might be eligible for credits if you have evidence of your previous studies or relevant experience. More information is here.

We recommend that you are able to browse websites, send emails and conduct online research. You will need to be able to type and submit your assignments.
If you have limited computer skills, we can make special arrangements for you.

This is possible, it depends on the institution. We recommend that if you would like to use our courses that you contact the institution first. Our Course Handbook is a good resource for this.

Our courses are written in English and we only have English speaking academic staff. If you can read and complete your assignments in English, our courses are ideal for you.

Our courses are designed to build knowledge, hands on skills and industry connections to help prepare you to work in the area, running your own business, professional development or as a base for further study.

This course is aimed at providing you with a solid understanding in your selected discipline. It has been designed to take 600 hours, which includes your course reading, assignment work, research, practical tasks, watching videos and more. When you complete the course, will have a good understanding of the area/ industry you want to work in.

It’s up to you. The study hours listed in the course are a rough guide, however if you were to study a short course (100 hours) at 10 hours per week, you could finish the course in 10 weeks (just an example). Our courses are self-paced, so you can work through the courses in your own time. We recommend that you wait for your tutor to mark and return your assignment before your start your next one, so you get the benefits of their feedback.

The course consists of course notes, videos, set tasks for your practical work, online quizzes, an assignment for each lesson (that you receive feedback from your tutor from) and ends in an exam (which is optional, if would like to receive the formal award at the end), using our custom built Learning Management System - Login.Training.

Our courses are designed for adults to gain professional development and skills to further their careers and start businesses.

Our custom online learning portal allows you to conduct your learning online. There may be practical tasks that you can do offline. You have the option of downloading your course notes or print them to read later.

There is also the option to pay an additional fee for printed course notes and or USB (availability limited to location and deliverability).

Yes, if you don’t have access to the internet, you can receive the course as paper notes or on a USB stick for an additional fee. We can also make alternative arrangements for you to send your assignments to us.

We offer printed notes for an additional fee. Also, you can request your course notes on a USB stick for an additional fee.

Yes, your tutor is here to help you. Simply post any questions you have in your login.training portal or contact the office and we can pass on a message to your tutor.

We are more learning focussed, rather than assessment focussed. You have online quizzes to test your learning, written assignments and can complete an exam at the end of the course (if you want to receive your certificate). You will not receive a pass/ fail on your course work. If you need to add more details on your assignment, we will ask you to resubmit and direct you where you need to focus. If you need help, you can ask your tutor for advice in the student room.

Each module (short course) is completed with one exam.

Exams are optional, however you must sit an exam if you would like to receive a formal award. You will need to find someone who can supervise that you are sitting the exams under exams conditions. There is an additional cost of $55 (AUS) $50 (O/S) for each exam.
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There are practical components built into the course that have been designed to be achieved by anyone, anywhere. If you are unable to complete a task for any reason, you can ask your tutor for an alternative.

When you complete the course work and the exams (6 exams) and you will be able receive your course certificate- a Certificate. Otherwise, you can receive a Letter of Completion.

You can bundle the short courses to create your own customised learning bundle, Certificates or Advanced Certificates. More information is on this page.

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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Dr. Sherif Sakr

Research Scientist and University Lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering. Sherif has a PhD in Computer Science, MSc, BSc.

Sarah Jury

Over 15 years working in small business, I.T., education and science. Sarah has a PGCE(Post Compulsory Education), BSc(Hons) (Genetics), DipComp(Open), CertWebApps(Open).
She has designed and created several Web sites for different organisations.





Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Alan Vo

Alan has 14 years experience as an I.T professional in Australia. Extensive experience with software engineering, web development, web marketing, and ecommerce at digital agencies as well as client-sides on various projects and industries.

Lachlan Allan

Lachlan has experience of the hospitality, banking and utilities sectors in managerial positions in the UK. Following a career change after moving to Australia, he is also experienced in the medical engineering field where he was an engineer responsible for devices at hospital sites and laboratories

Josiane Joubran

Josiane has eight years experience as an I.T professional in Lebanon and Australia. Extensive experience with computer hardware and engineering, CSC consultant with IBM, Software QA Engineer, Course Writer and Tutor

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