FIT2034 Object-oriented design and programming , Unit Information Guide (Semester 1, 2006)

Chief Examiner Dr Trent Mifsud
Peninsula : Dr Trent Mifsud

ASCED Discipline Group Classification: 020103 Programming.

This unit focuses on advanced object oriented programming concepts and techniques with emphasis on program design. These concepts and techniques are taught in the context of worked case studies. It covers the identification of objects/classes and their relationships, the design and implementation of classes and relationships, and the principles of encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism and program reuse. Other topics include advanced data structures (stacks, queues, general lists, binary trees and files), exception handling, class libraries and APIs, advanced applet programming (for the World Wide Web), I/O (both local and remote using sockets), components and their reuse, techniques and heuristics for testing object oriented programs.


At the completion of this subject, students should understand and be able to apply the concepts, principles and techniques of object-oriented program design; be able to select and use advanced data structures in solving practical problems; be able to develop applications by composing existing and new program components; possess the necessary skills to test object-oriented programs; be able to develop applications that can use the Internet.

Prerequisites Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed [

FIT1002 Computer Programming

] , or equivalent. You should have knowledge of [

This unit is a direct follow-on from FIT1002 and requires all skills and knowledge from that unit


Unit relationships FIT2034 is a core unit in the Net-Centric Major of the Bachelor of Information and Technology. Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

FIT1002 Computer Programming

] , or equivalent. You should have knowledge of [

This unit is a direct follow-on from FIT1002 and requires all skills and knowledge from that unit

Texts and software

Required text(s)


  • Lewis J and Loftus W: Java Software Solutions, 4th Ed, Addison Wesley, 2005

    Text books are available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

    Software requirements:

    • Java JDK 1.5
    • BlueJ


    Software may be:

    • downloaded from

    Hardware requirements:

    Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to 12 hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

    Recommended reading


    • Horstmann C: Big Java, John Wiley & Sons, 2002
    • Barnes DJ and Kolling M: Objects First with Java, Prentice Hall, 2003
    • Robertson LA: Simple Program Design, 4th Ed., Thomson/Nelson, 2003.
    • Deitel HV and DeitelPJ: Java: How to Program, 6th Ed, Prentice-Hall, 2005.

    Library access You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.
    Study resources

    Study resources for FIT2034 are:

    Are online at :

    Structure and organisation



    Study Guide

    1 Revision and Introduction
    2 Subtyping and Polymorphism
    3 Wrapper Classes, Abstract Classes and Interfaces
    4 Dynamic Data Structures and Collections
    5 Graphical User Interfaces
    6 GUI continued
    7 [Unit Test]
    8 Exceptions. Testing
    9 I/O and Networking
    10 Reusable Code. Nested Classes and Dates
    11 Java Applets. Recusrsion
    12 Listeners and Threads
    13 Revision

    The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+


    Assessment for the unit consists of 2 assignments with a weighting of 40% and an examination with a weighting of 40% plus a unit test worth 20%.

    Assessment Policy

    To pass this unit you must:

    Achieve 50% overall with at least 40% in all assessable parts.

    Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

    Assignments + unit test + examine

    Assessment Requirements


    Due Date


    Assignment specifications will be made available . Information about assignments will be published on the Unit's Notices Newsgroup.

    Assignment Submission Methods

    Assignments will be submitted by both electronic/paper submission to your tutor, with the appropriate cover sheet correctly filled out and attached Off Campus (OCL) students [OCL only] Mail your assignment to the Off-Campus Learning Centre with the cover sheet attached. Singapore and Hong Kong Students [Gippsland only] Mail your assignment to the Distance Education Centre with the cover sheet attached. Do not email submissions. The due date is the date by which the submission must be received/the date by which the the submission is to be posted.

    Extensions and late submissions

    Late submission of assignments

    Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of 10% loss per day late.

    This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 


    It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

    Requests for extensions must be made by the unit lecturer at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

    Grading of assessment

    Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

    HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
    In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
    D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
    In the 70-79% range.
    C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
    In the 60-69% range.
    P Pass - acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
    In the 50-59% range.
    N Not satisfactory -  failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
    Below 50%.

    We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.

    Feedback Feedback to you

    You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

    Feedback from you

    You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

    And if you are having problems

    It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

    Plagiarism and cheating

    Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

    In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

    When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

    Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

    Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

    Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.


    Emails to tutor(s)/lecturer and online discussion forum.


    Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the Notices Newsgroup in the Unit Website. Check this regularly. Failure to read the Notices newsgroup is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

    Consultation Times

    If direct communication with your unit adviser/lecturer or tutor outside of consultation periods is needed you may contact the lecturer and/or tutors at:

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    Last updated: Feb 27, 2006