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COIT11222 Programming Fundamentals
Programming Fundamentals
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General Information

Overview

This unit is designed for students who have had little or no programming experience. The unit aims to teach students principles, design and development of object-oriented programs. It covers topics such as modern IDEs, pseudocode, variables, constants, data types, operators, expressions, statements, classes, objects, inheritance, loops, methods, passing parameters and arrays. Students will learn how to design, implement and test programs using a modern IDE.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2017

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 15%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Examination
Weighting: 65%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have your say

Feedback

Students especially distance students would like to see more practical tutorial videos

Recommendation

Create more practical tutorial videos.

Feedback from Have your say

Feedback

Difficulty for distance students learning programming for the first time and generally need personal help

Recommendation

Encourage distance students to form study groups and make workshops available in regional areas. An online discussion time with the unit coordinator could also be very beneficial to distance students.

Feedback from Have your say

Feedback

Students without a PC have to use Netbeans or other IDE. Students would like a tutorial on using Netbeans.

Recommendation

Point students to the Netbeans tutorial on the Moodle site and provide extra support in tutorials for students who have a Mac and cannot install TextPad the preferred IDE

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Understand the principles of object-oriented programming.
  2. Demonstrate the use of modern IDE (integrated development environment).
  3. Develop programs using various data types, operators, expressions, statements and loops.
  4. Develop programs using arrays for storing, searching and sorting data.
  5. Develop programs using user defined methods, parameters and arguments.
  6. Develop programs using graphical user interface and streams.
  7. Apply techniques used to produce quality programs.
  8. Design programs that: (a) are easy to maintain, (b) are free from logic errors, (c) are free from runtime errors, (d) validate input data, (e) respond appropriately to invalid input data, (f) are easy to debug and (g) promote the reuse of code.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is
in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is
increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.
ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html
This unit contributes to the workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:
Program ming/Software Development (PROG)

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment - 15%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Examination - 65%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 15%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Examination - 65%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Java Programming Eighth edition (2016)

Authors: Joyce Farrell
Cengage Learning
Boston Boston , Massachusetts , USA
ISBN: 978-1-285-85691-9
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • JDK, http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html
  • (Optional)NetBeans, http://netbeans.org/downloads/index.html
  • TextPad, http://www.textpad.com/download/index.html
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Bruce McKenzie Unit Coordinator
b.mckenzie@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Nov 2017

Module/Topic

Creating Java Programs

Chapter

Chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Nov 2017

Module/Topic

Using Data

Chapter

Chapter 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Nov 2017

Module/Topic

Making Decisions

Chapter

Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Nov 2017

Module/Topic

Looping

Chapter

Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 04 Dec 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 11 Dec 2017

Module/Topic

Using Methods, Classes and Objects

Chapter

Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 18 Dec 2017

Module/Topic

More Object Concepts

Chapter

Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 01 Jan 2018

Module/Topic

Arrays

Chapter

Chapter 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 1 Due: Week 7 Friday (5 Jan 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 08 Jan 2018

Module/Topic

Advanced Array Concepts

Chapter

Chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 15 Jan 2018

Module/Topic

Introduction to Swing Components

Chapter

Chapter 14

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 22 Jan 2018

Module/Topic

Characters, Strings, and the StringBuilder

Chapter

Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 29 Jan 2018

Module/Topic

Files Input and Output

Chapter

Chapter 13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 2 Due: Week 11 Friday (2 Feb 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Feb 2018

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Feb 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Feb 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment 1

Task Description

This assessment item is designed to test your understanding of topics such as variables, constants, types, operators, standard input/output, loops, if statements, classes, objects and methods. The assessment task is to write, compile and execute java programs using the above mentioned topics. Further details are available on the unit website in the Assessment 1 Specification document.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (5 Jan 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Friday (19 Jan 2018)


Weighting
15%

Assessment Criteria

  1. Efficient object-oriented program design.
  2. Appropriate use of variables, constants, types, operators, expressions, statements and loops.
  3. Appropriate use of objects, classes and methods.
  4. Effective use of good programming practice/techniques.
  5. Rigorous testing of the program for logic, runtime and other errors.
  6. Compilation and execution of the program using a modern IDE.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Understand the principles of object-oriented programming.
  • Demonstrate the use of modern IDE (integrated development environment).
  • Develop programs using various data types, operators, expressions, statements and loops.
  • Develop programs using user defined methods, parameters and arguments.
  • Apply techniques used to produce quality programs.
  • Design programs that: (a) are easy to maintain, (b) are free from logic errors, (c) are free from runtime errors, (d) validate input data, (e) respond appropriately to invalid input data, (f) are easy to debug and (g) promote the reuse of code.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment 2

Task Description

This assessment item is designed to test your understanding of topics such as GUI input/output, arrays/arrayLists, methods with parameters and searching. The assessment task is to write, compile and execute a Java program using the above mentioned topics. Further details are available on the unit website in the Assessment 2 Specification document.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (2 Feb 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Friday (16 Feb 2018)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

  1. Efficient object-oriented program design.
  2. Appropriate use of variables, constants, types, operators, expressions, statements and loops.
  3. Appropriate use of objects, classes and methods.
  4. Effective use of good programming practice/techniques.
  5. Rigorous testing of the program for logic and runtime errors, data validation and reuse of code.
  6. Compilation and execution of the program using a modern IDE.
  7. Efficient use of arrays/arrayLists, searching algorithms.
  8. Appropriate use of graphical user interface.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Understand the principles of object-oriented programming.
  • Demonstrate the use of modern IDE (integrated development environment).
  • Develop programs using various data types, operators, expressions, statements and loops.
  • Develop programs using arrays for storing, searching and sorting data.
  • Develop programs using user defined methods, parameters and arguments.
  • Develop programs using graphical user interface and streams.
  • Apply techniques used to produce quality programs.
  • Design programs that: (a) are easy to maintain, (b) are free from logic errors, (c) are free from runtime errors, (d) validate input data, (e) respond appropriately to invalid input data, (f) are easy to debug and (g) promote the reuse of code.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
65%

Length
180 minutes

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Open Book
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