Course Title: Apply introductory object-oriented language skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: COSC6081C

Course Title: Apply introductory object-oriented language skills

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5194 - Diploma of Information Technology (General)

Course Contact : Radhu Punchanathan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99251409

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

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 covers the competency required to undertake introductory programming tasks using an object-oriented programming language. Competency includes using existing tools, documentation, debugging and testing techniques in support of the programming activities.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onward your class will be held in a device-equipped teaching space. Each student group will have access to a laptop. It is however recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus both in and outside class times.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAB4219A 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/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/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/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/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/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 utilise 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. Reference appropriate documentation for the language

Learning Outcomes

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

WeekWeek CommencingTopicsAssessment
16th Feb 2012Pre-training review:

Familiarisation with:
• Program
• Services/facilities
• Other students
• Teacher(s)
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Pre-reading
• Blackboard

Overview of assessment requirements:

• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy

Introduction to HTML
• An HTML5 template & HTML tags
• Validation of HTML pages
213th Feb 2012• Class/Object Attributes
• Encapsulation
• Methods
• Constructors & UML Class Diagrams
320th Feb 2012• Flow Control in Java (Selection & Repetition/Iteration/Looping) Major Project available to students
427th Feb 2012• Eclipse & Debugging Techniques Task 1: In-class worksheet
55th Mar 2012 • Revision 
612th Mar 2012
(Monday, Labour Day)
• Assessment 2 in Labs Task 2: Theory and Practical Test
719th Mar 2012 • Arrays & Array Processing Algorithms
• Testing Code
826th Mar 2012 • Multi-Tier Programming
• Method & Constructor Overloading
• Polymorphism and Cohesion & Coupling
Task 3 - Project Progress 1 due
92nd Apr 2012• Relationships Between Classes
• Inheritance & Aggregation/Inclusion
  Mid semester break (5 April to 11 April) 
99th Apr 2012• Relationships Between Classes
• Inheritance & Aggregation/Inclusion
1016th Apr 2012• Text File Reading and Writing
• Exceptions
1123rd Apr 2012• Javadoc
• Eclipse – Javadoc
• Program Debugging
 Task 3 - Project Progress 2 due
1230th Apr 2012• Project Work
137th May 2012• Revision 
1414th May 2012• Project DueTask 3 – Final Project due
1521st May 2012• Project Review
1628th May 2012• Review and Feedback
174th Jun 2012Re-submission of work if required  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Gerard Sparke, The Java Way, 3rd Edition, ISBN 978-0-646-54746-6


Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates, Head First Java, 2nd Edition, (Sebastopol: O'Reilly Media, 2005), ISBN 978-0-596-00920-5.

James Overton, Simple Program Design, (Thomson Learning) ISBN 978-0-17-012895-7.

Other Resources

Other materials will include worksheets distributed by the teacher in class and various Websites which will be indicated.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework and in class exercises, written tests, practical problem solving exercises, presentations, practical tests and a final exam. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete 3 Assessments. You must successfully complete all 3 assessments to be deemed competent in this unit. 

Task 1: In-class worksheet (Date: Done in labs in week 4)
For this task you are required to complete an in-class worksheet on basic Java syntax seen so far. 

Task 2: Theory and Practical Test (Date: Done in labs in week 6)
This is a part theory and part practical test where students will be asked to design a UML class diagrams using object-oriented concepts and create Java programs using the correct syntax. To be deemed competent in this assessment you should be able to demonstrate all the above requirements under a supervised time-bound condition. 

Task 3 – Major Project  (Due Dates: End of Weeks 8, 11 and 14)
This is a major project which is assessed progressively in 3 stages as Project progress1, Project progress2 and the Final Project.
Scenario: You are a developer within a small software consulting firm and have been assigned to build a new software application for a client. Your application has to be submitted to, and approved by, your Project Leader (in this case your lab teacher). There are three (3) stages involved in submitting your task. The first stage involves submission at the beginning of class in semester week 8, Part 2 in semester week 11, and Part 3 before the end of class, in semester week 14.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Submission Requirements

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard.

You should:
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

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.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading)

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:


We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach to introductory programming tasks using an object-oriented programming language.


We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in programming tasks using an object-oriented programming language. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all applicable Object-Oriented concepts in all the assessment tasks.


We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended audience. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in managing Object-oriented programming systems and how these might be addressed..


We expect to see ongoing uploading of information into Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.


We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions in class and with your other members. We expect to see your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach to object oriented programming in the workplace.

Final Grades Table:

CHD   Competent with High Distinction
CDI     Competent with Distinction
CC      Competent with Credit
CAG    Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC    Not Yet Competent
DNS   Did Not Submit for assessment

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

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