This unit will provide students with an overview of programming and its role in problem-solving and strategies for meeting user requirements and for designing solutions to programming problems. The fundamental programming concepts of the memory model, data types, declarations, expressions and statements, control structures, block structure, modules, parameters and input and output will be applied within the context of objects, attributes, methods, re-use, information-hiding, encapsulation and message-passing. Software engineering topics include maintainability, readability, testing, documentation and modularisation.
At the completion of this unit students will have -
An understanding of:
- the relationship between a problem description and program design;
- the management of problems using recognised frameworks;
- the use of design representations;
- the semantics of imperative programs;
- the object oriented paradigm as represented by Java;
- the sequence of steps that a computer takes to translate source code into executable code; and
- primitive data types and basic data structures.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
- adopt a problem-solving approach;
- recognise the importance of programming and documentation conventions;
- appreciate quality parameters in program development;
- accept the code of professional conduct and practice; and
- act in accordance with best practice, industry standards and professional ethics.
Developed the skills to:
- use diagrams to design solutions for programming problems;
- apply problem solving strategies;
- use pseudo-code to design algorithms;
- design object oriented solutions to simple problems using multiple user-defined classes;
- create and test programming solutions to problems using the Java programming language;
- edit, compile and execute a computer program;
- analyse and debug existing programs; and
- write a test plan.
Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
- produce formal documentation for a program; and
- explain an existing program.
Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%
Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:
(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:
- Two hours lectures
- Two hours laboratories
- One hour tutorial
(b.) Additional requirements (all students):
- A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of lecture time in order to satisfy the reading, tute, prac and assignment expectations.
CPE1001, CSE1202, GCO1811, MMS1801, MMS1802