Course Title: Apply intermediate object-oriented language skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: COSC6122C

Course Title: Apply intermediate object-oriented language skills

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5300 - Diploma of Information Technology

Course Contact : Radhu Punchanathan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1409

Course Contact Email:radhu@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Availability:
Please refer the learning hub (Blackboard) for staff availability times.

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

None

Course Description

This course covers the competency required to undertake intermediate level programming tasks using an object-oriented programming language. Competency includes building applications that interacts with a database using graphical user interfaces.

This unit is delivered using a blend of classroom based and self-paced learning activities.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAPRG527A Apply intermediate object-oriented language skills

Element:

3. Write graphical user interface (GUI)

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Employ GUI framework or text windowing interface appropriate to the chosen language
3.2 Demonstrate use of standard GUI components
3.3 Use the facilities within the language for GUI objects to respond to user and program-generated events

Element:

5. Test application

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Design and document limited tests of code
5.2 Undertake limited testing of produced code to ensure it complies with program specification
5.3 Capture and document test results

Element:

6. Create and maintain documentation

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Read and interpret supplied design document to create code
6.2 Create and maintain program documentation

Element:

1. Build applications using provided language utilities

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Review program requirements
1.2 Divide multiple source-code files into logical units and packages
1.3 Use at least two of the utilities of the target language allowing for internal storage of collections of data
1.4 Use the utilities of the target language providing internal data sorting and searching facilities
1.5 Employ integrated-development environment facilities to make files to automate program building
1.6 Follow guidelines for developing maintainable code adhering to coding standards
1.7 Use the facilities in the language for persisting objects to binary files
1.8 Use the operator and function or method overloading facilities available in the language at an introductory level
1.9 Demonstrate ability to use exception-handling techniques to ensure program stability
1.10 Demonstrate use of a class that is based on multiple inheritances

Element:

2. Write programs that interact with a database

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Design and implement programs that connect to a database
2.2 Design and implement programs that use the language facilities to extract, update and delete data stored in a database
2.3 Design and implement programs that use the language facilities to manipulate database structure (query, create and delete)
2.4 Write programs that deliver transactional integrity
 

Element:

4. Debug application

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use stand-alone debugging tools or tools provided by integrated development environment to examine variables and trace running code
4.2 Use debugger to detect logical and coding errors
4.3 Use tracing of code and examination of variable contents during execution to detect and correct errors


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

 The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows:

Induction Session

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:

• Program overview and requirements
• MyRMIT/Blackboard
• Overview of assessment requirements
• Pre-Training Review including:
     • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
     • Assessment of current skills and knowledge
• Competency/Grading Criteria
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities

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.

WeekWeek CommencingTopicsAssessment
109/02/15

Introduction to the Course including:
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Course Blackboard access
• Accuracy of enrolment
• Assessment requirements/Cover Sheets
• Reminder re Plagiarism
• Reminder re Appeals
• Extensions/Resubmissions
• Feedback in this course
• Reminder re submission requirements
• Getting help
Introduction to Course, Eclipse the IDE, Review of Classes & Objects, Creating Code from Supplied Design Documentation, Coding Standards

 
216/02/15The Java API, Program Documentation & Javadoc, Review of Arrays & ArrayLists and More Data StructuresProject handout Available
323/02/15Review of Constructor and Method Overloading, Testing & Debugging with Eclipse, Review of Project stage 1 
402/03/15Relationships: Inheritance & Inclusion, Polymorphism & Method Overriding, Collections of Data, Sorting & Searching 
509/03/15
Mon 9/03/15 – Labour Day PH
Exceptions, Interfaces, Saving (Persisting) and Retrieving ObjectsProject draft check and feedback
616/03/15Project stage 1 demonstrationProject stage 1 Due
723/03/15Introduction to GUI Programming - including using inbuilt Java GUIs 
8a

30/03/15
(3 days)

GUI Programming 
Mid-Semester Break (Thursday 2nd April to Wednesday 8th April)
8b

Thurs 9/04/15
(2 days) 
Thurs 9/04 & Fri 10/04

GUI Programming
SELF-PACED ONLINE ACTIVITIES

 
913/04/15GUI Programming continued.Project draft check and feedback
1020/04/15Project stage 2 demonstrationProject stage 2 Due
1127/04/15Introduction to Database Programming 
1204/05/15More on Database Programming 
1311/05/15Work on ProjectProject draft check and feedback
1418/05/15Project stage 2 demonstrationProject stage 3 Due
1525/05/15Feedback on Project & review 
1601/06/15Resubmits 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


References

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

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

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example:
• direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
• review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
• demonstration of techniques 

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.


Assessment Tasks

Critical aspects of assessment
Evidence of the ability to:
 - design and build application programs from a problem scenario and program specification.

Assessment Tasks:
You are required to complete a project which is in 3 stages. Java would be the programming language that is used for all assessments. You must successfully complete all the three stages of the project to be deemed competent in this unit.

Project:
This is a major project which is assessed progressively in 3 stages as
Project Stage 1 – due end of week 6
Project Stage 2 – due end of week 10 
Project Stage 3 – due end of week 14 

Project Description / Scenario: You are a developer within a small software consulting firm and have been assigned to build a new software application for a client based on the guidelines provided by your teacher. Your application has to be submitted to, and approved by, your Project Leader (in this case your teacher). There are three (3) stages involved in submitting your task.
For this project the application that is being developed will have a GUI (Graphical User Interface) user interface and will be interacting with a relational database. The application will be tested and the test data and results created will be documented.

Project stage 1 deliverables (due end of week 6):
• A UML class diagram of all classes (including all subclasses and driver classes), their attributes, methods, etc., and showing their relationships to one another. This diagram should also show which tiers the classes are in.
• The entire java source code implementing inheritances and object oriented concepts.
• The application created will be saving and retrieving objects (persistent) created using object oriented programming concepts.
• You must demonstrate the running program/project

Project stage 2 deliverables (due end of week 10):
• A UML class diagram of all classes (including all subclasses and driver classes), their attributes, methods, etc., and showing their relationships to one another. This diagram should also show which tiers the classes are in.
• The entire java source code implementing inheritances and object oriented concepts.
• The application created and modified at this stage will be GUI based. Program documentation will also have to be created and submitted.
• You must demonstrate the running program/project

Project stage 3 deliverables (due end of week 14):
• A UML class diagram of all classes (including all subclasses and driver classes), their attributes, methods, etc., and showing their relationships to one another. This diagram should also show which tiers the classes are in.
• The entire java source code showing inheritances and object oriented concepts.
• The application created and modified at this stage will be GUI based, connecting to a relational database. Data will be saved to / retrieved from a relational database. Program documentation will also have to be created and submitted. 
• You must demonstrate the running program/project


Assessment Matrix

The Assessment Matrix that maps all assessments to the critical aspects of evidence, skills, knowledge and elements is available from the teacher.

Other Information

Submission Requirements 

You should:
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
• 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 each assessment task 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.
• Projects must be submitted via the learning hub (Blackboard)

Late Submission Procedures
You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information:http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Form to use:
http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.

More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes1.pdf

Resubmissions (VET Programs):

If you are found to be unsuccessful in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.


Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website: 

More Information: http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=7usdbki1fjf31

Marking Guide (competency):

You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.

Marking Guide (Grading)

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:

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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