Course Title: Create code for applications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: COSC5771C

Course Title: Create code for applications

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6068 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Science

Course Contact: Dr Alex Bezen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4545

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Christina Norwood
+61 3 9925 4931

Natalya Stepanova
+61 3 9925 4931

Nominal Hours: 200

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course introduces the principles of object-oriented programming and Microsoft Visual Basic.NET, Visual Basic for Applications and C#  programming languages. Students will develop skills required to create and test WIndows, Internet and database applications. All classes take place in a PC lab with strong emphasis on development of practical skills and close integration between teaching and student practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAITB070B Create code for applications


Declare and assign variables

Performance Criteria:


Develop structure of code sections

Performance Criteria:


Identify range of exceptions

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Unit test each module

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Use debugging and error handling techniques

Performance Criteria:

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Develop an algorithm of solving a given problem
  • Manage the development environment
  • Create a Graphical User Interface (GUI) 
  • Create code for a specified software component
  • Use the debug facilities of the development environment
  • Develop Internet and database applications
  • Test a software component

Details of Learning Activities

Students will learn to create code for applications through lectures, demonstrations, and prescribed exercises in laboratory sessions. Projects will provide experience in planning and developing more extended applications.

Teaching Schedule

1Introduction to Visual Studio 
2Datatypes and variables 
3Simple conditionals - if/else; Combo boxes
4More complex conditionals 
5Iteration - for/next loops
6CheckboxesSkills Test 1.
8String processing
9 Exam 1
Skills Test 2
10Program design and Flowcharts 
12Switch statements

13Iteration - while loops Skills Test 3
16RevisionProject 1 due
17-18EXAM PERIODExam 2
Skills Test 4
19Introduction to VBA and DOM. 
20 VBA in MS Excel
21 Arrays 
22 Arrays Skills Test 5
23 VBA in MS Access
24 Message boxes and Dialogue boxes
25 Modular code
26  Exam 3
Skills Test 6
27 Introduction to C#
31Files Skills Test 7
32 Databases 
33 Collections 
34 Revision Project 2 due
 Exam 4
Skills Test 8

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Class notes.

Overview of Assessment

The student must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent.
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including skills tests, which cover skills acquired in lab activities and a final written theory exam

Assessment Tasks

Assessment consists of

  • Four written exams, worth 15% each, one at approximately the end of each term - 60%
  • Eight skills test, worth 2% each - 16%
  • Two projects, worth 12% each - 24%
Students must pass all assessment tasks to pass the course. Supplementary assessments will be provided if:
  • A student earned 45 - 49% of written exam mark in any semester; a supplementary written exam will be provided at the end of that semester
  • A student did not pass all skills tests in any semester - a supplementary skills test will be provided at the end of that semester.
Other points:
  • Assignments must be submitted by the due date. Any late submission will lose 10% of the available mark for that assignment for each day late, so late submission could easily lead to failing the course due to not passing all assessment tasks.
  • Irrespective of a student’s actual total mark, a failing mark will be given to any student who does not meet all requirements for passing the course.
  • Any student who passes on a resit will only be awarded the minimum passing mark.
  • Practical skills tests will be conducted in class. Anyone failing to attend such an assessment will require evidence (such as medical certificate) for special consideration.

Assessment Matrix

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