MIT501 Programming

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 1, Semester 1
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: Nil
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 6 personal study hours per week
Other resource requirements: Computer Lab, Eclipse IDE (Integrated Development Environment) – open source software

Unit description 

This unit introduces students to the basic skills of programming, algorithm development and problem-solving with no assumed programming knowledge and/or experience. It provides an extensive theoretical and practical foundation for understanding the basic concepts in object-oriented programming (OOP) techniques. Students will be exposed to the various topics of object-oriented programming, design, variables, statements, arrays and algorithms in sorting and searching. The unit covers a design process using multiple design strategies and demonstrates how to build a readable and reusable solution.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Understand the concepts of object-oriented programming and design.
ULO2 Use algorithms to implement a solution for a problem.
ULO3 Apply proper design strategies to develop a software program.
ULO4 Design and create programs using object-oriented principles in a real world programming environment.
ULO5 Develop accurate documentation so that coding can be re-used.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Introduction to Java and Object-oriented Programming
2. Java Basics & Primitive data types
3. Branches – Decision Making Logic
4. Looping – for and Looping – while
5. Using Arrays
6. Using Methods
7. Introduction to OOP
8. Define Classes and Objects
9. Class members & Array List
10. Exceptions and File I/O
11. Inheritance
12. Abstract classes & Interfaces


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Class Participation 10% 12
Assessment 2:Mid-Semester Exam 20% Mid-semester week
Assessment 3: Individual Assessment 30% 12
Assessment 4: Final Exam 40% Final exam week

The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.