Course Title: Provide programming solution for engineering problems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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

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 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


1. 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.


2. 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. (Note)
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.


3. Test and document the Programming solution.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Testing procedures are developed to analyse code developed in relevant programming language.
3.2 Problems and bugs in program are rectified to ensure compliance with program performance requirements.
3.3 Intermediate and final work reports are written in accordance with professional standards and presented to appropriate person(s).

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

Teaching Schedule

 Week No.                 


    Assessment  Task                                                                                                                                          
1  - 2

Programming concepts: analysing engineering problem; developing algorithm of the solution.

C++ program by example, IDE

Quiz 1,  Accumulative Lab assessment 5%
3 - 4Variables, data types, and operatorsQuiz 2,  Accumulative Lab assessment 5%

5 - 6

Control flow statements and loopsQuiz 3, Accumulative Lab assessment 5%
7 - 8FunctionsQuiz 4,  Practical Test 1 – 25%:  conducted during class time
9 - 10File Input /OutputQuiz 5,  Accumulative Lab assessment 5%
11 - 12ArraysQuiz 6,  Accumulative Lab assessment 5%
13 - 14Bitwise operators and expressions. Microcontroller programmingQuiz 7,  Practical Test 2 – 25%:  conducted during class time
15 - 16Pointers and referencesQuiz 8,  Accumulative Lab assessment 5%
17 - 18Program Documentation; Revision Written test – 20%

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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



Reference Websites:

Other Resources

Lecture notes and other reference material will be available from the course Blackboard Website.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Self-assessment Quiz – no value: Quizzes will test your knowledge of each topic. Can be undertaken any number of times until correct answers found.

Assessment task 1 (Practical Tests): 2 x 25%
Practical tests to demonstrate ability to analyse an engineering problem, develop an algorithm for a solution, and skills to write, compile, run, test, a C++ program to given specifications, and identify and rectify problems and bugs in code in a limited time (2 hrs). These tasks will also demonstrate understanding of the OH&S principles related to computer programming, and 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 (Written test): 20%
Written test to demonstrate knowledge of programming functions and features, understanding of testing procedures, and ability to write an intermediate and final documents in accordance with professional standards.

Assessment task 3 (Progressive laboratory/tutorial assignment): 30%
This assessment includes 6 short tasks/tests that need to be completed outside of class time. These tasks will demonstrate understanding of programming concepts described in each topic and ability to use them in a C++ program. Each task will be submitted on the conclusion of the appropriate topic.

Students must PASS each assessment task to be recognised as COMPETENT in this course.

Assessment Matrix

National competency code    Competency  Title            Cluster                      
UEENEED051BProvide programming solution for engineering problemsN/A

Assessment Types

Lab   Assignment  Written      Test      Practical Test        Project/ Presentation     WIL              


        X          X             N/A      N/A

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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