Course Title: Provide programming solution for engineering problems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: ISYS5663C

Course Title: Provide programming solution for engineering problems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6083 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Olga Gredeskoul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4392

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Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers developing, implementing and testing programming solutions, using a structured programming language. It encompasses following design brief using appropriate development software, writing code and documenting development activities

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEED051B Provide programming solution for engineering problems


Develop programming solutions.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Knowledge of programming functions and features are applied to providing a programming solution.
2.3 Code in existing programs is analysed and modifications or corrections made to rectify program performance.
2.4 Key features of the programming language are applied to develop and test solutions.
2.5 Approaches to issues/problems are analysed to provide most effective solutions.
2.6 Quality of work is monitored against personal performance agreement and/or established organisational or professional standards.


Prepare to develop programming solution

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS processes and procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation for the work.
1.3 The extent of engineering problem is determined from performance specifications and situation reports and in consultation with relevant persons.
1.4 Activities are planned to meet scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved in the work.
1.5 Appropriate development kit and software tools are selected based on specified requirements and performance standard.
1.6 Strategies are implemented to ensure programming is carried out efficiently


Test and document the Programming solution

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Hazards are identified and control measures implemented and monitored through active participation in the consultation process with employer and other employees.
3.2 Hazards in the work area are recognised and reported to appropriate personnel according to established procedures.
3.3 OHS records of incidents are completed in accordance with regulatory requirements and established procedures.
3.4 Workplace instructions and training are followed accurately within established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning and simulated work activities to demonstrate ability to develop, write and implement a programming solution to an engineering problem, which includes:
• Classroom learning activities involving the following topics:
o OH&S principles related to computer programming
o Programming concepts
o Algorithm development
o C/C++ programming language fundamentals
o Input and output data
o Bitwise operators and microcontroller programming
o Control programming fundamentals
o Programming documentation
• Practical laboratory exercises to demonstrate
o Understanding of the engineering programming problem
o Using all key features of programming language
o Identifying problems and bugs in code
o Rectifying problems and bugs in code.
• Work simulated project which develop and demonstrate skills in
o Analysing an engineering problem
o Developing an algorithm for the solution
o Writing a program using C/C++ programming language
o Compiling, and running the program using Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
o Testing and debugging the program
o Writing program documentation according to a relevant standard

Teaching Schedule

Week No.          Topic Delivered                                                                                                                                   Assessment Task                                                                                        
1Programming concepts: analysing engineering problem; developing algorithm of the solution. Accumulative Lab assessment 5%
2C++ program by example, IDE. Using variables, data types, and operatorsAccumulative Lab assessment 5%
3-4FunctionsAccumulative Lab assessment 5%
5Control flow statements and loopsAccumulative Lab assessment 5%
6-7File Input /OutputAccumulative Lab assessment 5%
8ArraysAccumulative Lab assessment 5%
9Practical exercisesPractical Test 1:
conducted during class time
10-11Pointers and referencesAccumulative Lab assessment 5%
12String and String processingAccumulative Lab assessment 5%
13-14Control programming fundamentals 
15Practical work Practical Test 2:
conducted during class time
16Developing program documentation. Accumulative Lab assessment 5%
17Revision / Working on major project 
18 Major project submission

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Herbert Schildt C++: A beginner’s Guide. 2nd Ed. McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2004



Other Resources

Lecture notes and other reference material available from the course Blackboard web site.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this unit will include practical tests, written assignments, and accumulative laboratory exercises.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1 (Practical Tests): 2 x 15%
Practical tests to demonstrate ability to analyse an engineering problem, develop an algorithm for a solution; and skills to write, compile, run, test, and debug a C program to given specifications in a limited time (2 hrs). This assessment will demonstrate students’ ability to deal with unplanned events by drawing on essential knowledge and skills to provide appropriate solutions incorporated in a holistic assessment with the above listed items.

Assessment task 2 (Major Project): 30%
Major Project to demonstrate understanding of and skills in the design and development of a programming solution to an engineering problem; developing testing procedures, identifying and rectifying problems and bugs in code, and ability to write an intermediate and final documents in accordance with professional standards.

Assessment task 3 (Progressive laboratory/tutorial assignment): 40%
This assessment includes 8 short tasks/tests that need to be completed during class time. These tasks will demonstrate understanding of the OH&S principles related to computer programming, programming concepts described in this topic and ability to use them in a C program. Each test will be conducted on the conclusion of the appropriate topic.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Essential Knowledge and Associated Skills (EKAS)

2.3.19 Control Programming Fundamentals
2.3.20 Microcontroller programming basics High level programming
2.18.1 Occupational Health and Safety principles

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