COIT20245 - Introduction to Programming

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will learn how to program using the Java programming language. It is assumed that you have little or no programming experience so you will be guided through the basics of application development using classes and objects. You will learn about the parts of a program including variables, types, and methods, and learn how to take input and produce output. A key aspect of this unit is practical, hands-on, simple application development and testing which you will do in an industry standard integrated development environment (IDE).


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Anti-requisite: COIT29222 Programming Principles.

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

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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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

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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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 26.98% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback.
Learning resources are in need of improvement.
Review the teaching model employed in the unit and the textbook that is being used.
Action Taken
Alternative textbooks have been reviewed. No alternative textbook has been selected yet.
Source: Unit Coordinator reflection on assessment performance.
More emphasis should be placed on documentation, design and testing.
Incorporate additional material on documentation, design and testing into the lecture content.
Action Taken
More emphasis has been placed on documentation, design and testing.
Source: Teaching team.
Online tutorial classes are too large for effective interaction.
Reduce class sizes for online tutorials.
Action Taken
A cap on tutorial class sizes had not been implemented, but enrolments have been dropping.
Source: Have your say.
Some students suggested selecting an alternative textbook that supports improved content for streamlined resources and continuous learning.
Continue reviewing possible alternative texts.
Action Taken
Source: Personal reflection.
The exams (including the take-home exam) does not give students sufficient opportunity to demonstrate their individual programming skills. Too much opportunity for plagiarism with the take-home exam.
Replace the take home exam with a final project.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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