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COIT11222 Programming Fundamentals
Programming Fundamentals
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General Information


This unit will help you become a programmer even if you have had no programming experience. You will learn and practise topics such as pseudocode, variables, constants, data types, operators, expressions, statements, classes, objects, control constructs, methods, passing parameters and arrays. In addition, you will learn how to design, implement and test programs using a modern Integrated Development Environment (IDE).


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 1 - 2022


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. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 35%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 15%
3. Examination
Weighting: 50%

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.


Most students are satisfied with the quality of lecturers and tutors and the content of the unit.


Continue delivering good content and student interactions.

Feedback from Have your say.


The PASS sessions have been really helpful for students who have taken advantage of this service.


Encourage more students to take advantage of this service. Have online sessions for off-shore students.

Feedback from Staff reflections.


Some students fall behind with their practical tasks and it is difficult for such students in programming units to catch up.


Consider introducing weekly assessments to help students from falling behind.

Feedback from Staff reflections.


Learning outcomes and their mappings to assessment items need reviewing to achieve a synergy between the learning outcomes and the assessment tasks.


Review learning outcomes and mappings to assessment items to achieve the required synergy between these.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop clearly documented and thoroughly tested applications using an industry-standard integrated development environment (IDE)
  2. Apply procedural concepts (methods, iteration, selection) and design principles (encapsulation, coupling and cohesion) to the realisation of object behaviour in applications
  3. Implement standard algorithms such as searching, sorting and sequential processing for arrays and lists of objects in applications
  4. Employ stream abstraction to process records contained in sequential text files
  5. Apply concepts presented in this unit, including language syntax, memory models, execution models, types, scope rules, methods, parameter passing, classes, objects and algorithms.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is adopted by organisations, governments and individuals in many 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.

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA 8:
  • Programming/Software Development (PROG)
  • Testing (TEST)

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
1 - Practical Assessment - 35%
2 - Practical Assessment - 15%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
Textbooks and Resources



JAVA Programming 9th edn (2018)

Authors: Joyce Farrell
CENGAGE Learning
Boston Boston , MA , USA
ISBN: 9781337397070
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Java 17 (Open JDK) (see unit website for installation instructions)
  • NetBeans (see version and download instructions on the unit website)
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