Course Title: Apply introductory object-oriented language skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: COSC6105C

Course Title: Apply introductory object-oriented language skills

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4299 - Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking

Course Contact: Geoff Moss

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4852

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course introduces object-oriented programming using the Java programming language. This course covers algorithm development using standard control structures, design methods such as step-wise refinement, the object oriented programming framework, the use of standard Java classes and interfaces, the use of container classes, disk file processing, introduces techniques for code reuse, and basic strategies for software testing.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAPRG406A Apply introductory object-oriented language skills


1. Apply basic language syntax and layout

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Demonstrate understanding and application of basic language syntax rules and best practices
1.2 Select and use language data types, operators and expressions to create clear and concise code
1.3 Use the appropriate language syntax for sequence, selection and iteration constructs
1.4 Use a modular programming approach within member or function logic
1.5 Apply arrays, including arrays of objects to introductory programming tasks
1.6 Use standard-array processing algorithms
1.7 Use the facilities of the language to read and write data from and to text files and record outcomes


2. Apply basic object-oriented principles in the target language

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Implement a class that contains primitive member or instance variables
2.2 Implement a class that contains multiple options for object construction
2.3 Implement a class that uses user-defined aggregation (object instance or member variables)
2.4 Use the facilities provided in the language to implement inheritance to at least two levels of depth
2.5 Use polymorphism at a simple level through inheritance to enable easy extension of code


3. Debug code

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use an integrated development environment, in particular the language debugging facilities, to debug code
3.2 Interpret compiler or interpreter messages to resolve syntax errors and use debugging techniques to resolve logic errors


4. Document activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Follow organisational guidelines for developing maintainable code and adhere to the provided coding standards when documenting activities
4.2 Apply internal documentation to all code created and use documentation tools available in the target language when documenting activities


5. Test code

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Create and conduct simple tests to confirm code meets design specification
5.2 Document the tests performed and results achieved


6. Create an application

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Develop a solution when provided with a basic object-oriented design document
6.2 Refer to appropriate documentation for the language

Learning Outcomes

This course contributes to the development of the following capabilities:

Enabling Knowledge: Syntax and basic features of the object-oriented programming language Java; good programming style, standards and practices in programming; the use of standard Java classes, interfaces, containers; and basic techniques for code reuse and testing.

Critical Analysis: Ability to analyse and model requirements for solving algorithmic computing problems.

Problem Solving: Ability to design and implement computer programs to solve algorithmic computing problems, based on analysis and modelling of requirements.

Communication: Ability to discuss key concepts of object-oriented programming in Java, standard classes and interfaces, code reuse and strategies for software testing.

Responsibility: Ability to apply relevant standards to writing computer programs. Developing an awareness of the role and responsibility the individual has with regard to their own learning.

On completion of this course you should:
• use modular programming approach
• be able to use standard Java classes and interfaces
• use object oriented program development framework (IDE – Integrated Development Environment)
• be able to develop simple algorithms and implement them using the standard control structures
• be able to use arrays and other container classes for storing and manipulating object
• be able to write programs that promote code reuse
• refine the design using step wise/incremental refinement
• be able to correctly manipulate standard data files, focusing on text files
• follow good coding guidelines
• devise strategies to test the software developed.

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include theory sessions, practical lab sessions, tutorial sessions, and out-of-class research and homework.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

WeekCommencing Topics
Week 1Introduction to Java and installing JDK, Compiling at the command line. Introduction to JBuilder.
Week 2Variables, datatypes and operators Java.
Week 4Input and output. Scanner class.
Week 5Methods. Testing and debugging code
Week 6Selection and repetition in Java. For loops, case statements.
Week 7Arrays
Week 10File reading and writing
Week 12UML Class diagrams and more OOP concepts
Week 13Introduction to Object Oriented programming, classes, objects, attributes and methods
Week 14Eclipse IDE.
Week 15Interfaces
Week 16ArrayList
Week 17Introduction to the observer, and model view patterns

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent. Skill based assessment.

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example
• direct questioning combined with a review of portfolios of evidence
• review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
• demonstration of techniques

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete all assessments. You must successfully complete all assessments to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment 1: Project
This is a major project. Design, document and test an application.

Assessment 2: Project
This is a major project. Design, document and test an application.

Assessment 3: Tutorials
Ongoing tutorials throughout this competency.

Assessment 4: Tutorials
Ongoing tutorials throughout this competency.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Marking Guide (competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT).

So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

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