Good points by everyone.
Something else to note is that pretty much anything which isn't completely retarded will work at the beginner stage. That goes for splits and full body stuff. However what full body routines do is they set the beginner up for more success at the intermediate stage by instilling form stronger from the offset and much more quickly too.
For me that's the main reason i'd want a beginner doing a full body basics first routine, gotta think ahead.