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FIT2071 Algorithms and data structures with C++ - Semester 1, 2011

Following on from FIT1002, this unit introduces the C++ language to students. The unit extends the FIT1002 concepts into more advanced object-oriented programming topics such as inheritance and polymorphism. C++ streams, pointers and arrays, classes, templates and the STL, along with the I/O class hierarchy will be discussed at length. Interactive programming techniques will be used to solve various programming exercises. The unit will give students a deeper understanding of programming and data structures by introducing recursion and dynamic data structures.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs tutorials/wk

Workload

Concepts will be introduced and demonstrated in the lecture and will be discussed and put into practice during the laboratory time.

  • Lecture: 2 hours per week
  • Tutorial/laboratory: 2 hours per week

Additionally, each student should spend a minimum of 8 to 12 hours for personal study every week. This includes finishing laboratory exercises, undertaking further coding examples and completing assignment work.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

FIT2004, FIT2009

Prerequisites

FIT1002

Chief Examiner

Matt Butler

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Matthew Butler

Tutors

Caulfield

Matthew Butler

Elliott Wilson

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the history and concepts of the C++ language and how C++ relates to other commercial languages, especially Java;
  • be able to write programs making use of the features and capabilities of C++, comprising: Streams, Pointers, arrays and vectors, Classes, inheritance and polymorphism, Templates and the Standard Template Library, The I/O class hierarchy;
  • be able to write programs involving abstract and dynamic data structures, and implement algorithms for searching, insertion and deletion;
  • be able to implement algorithms that utilise recursion;
  • be able to use files for persistent storage of data.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

    Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    Lab Portfolio Submission 1 10% Wednesday, 6 April 2011
    Lab Portfolio Submission 2 10% Wednesday, 11 May 2011
    Major Programming Assignment 20% Wednesday, 25 May 2011
    Examination 1 60% To be advised

    Teaching Approach

    Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
    This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

    Feedback

    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
    • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
    • Graded assignments with comments
    • Interviews
    • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

    Your feedback to Us

    Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

    For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:
    http://www.monash.edu.au/about/monash-directions/directions.html
    http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/student-evaluation-policy.html

    Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

    If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to
    https://emuapps.monash.edu.au/unitevaluations/index.jsp

    Recommended Resources

    This unit will require the use of a personal computer and a suitable IDE for C++ development. While Visual Studio for Windows will be used in the laboratory environment, any IDE is suitable for outside development. Copies of the Windows operating system and Visual Studio 2010 may be obtained free of charge from http://msdnaa.monash.edu.au/fit

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 Introduction to the unit and our first C++ program  
    2 07/03/11 C++ Building Blocks 1: main, input/output, variables, objects  
    3 14/03/11 C++ Building Blocks 2: decisions, loops, functions  
    4 21/03/11 C++ Building Blocks 3: arrays, strings, and debugging  
    5 28/03/11 Standard Template Library and References  
    6 04/04/11 Classes and Objects 1: declaring, accessing, constructors, destructors Lab Portfolio Submission 1 due: Wednesday, 6 April 2011
    7 11/04/11 Pointers and Memory Management  
    8 18/04/11 Classes and Objects 2: heap data members, friends, overloading, structs  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Classes and Objects 3: inheritance, polymorphism  
    10 09/05/11 Abstract and Dynamic Data Structures Lab Portfolio Submission 2 due: Wednesday, 11 May 2011
    11 16/05/11 Algorithms  
    12 23/05/11 File I/O and Exception Handling Major Assignment due: Wednesday, 25 May 2011
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

    *Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

    Assessment Policy

    To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

    • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
    • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
    • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

    If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

    Assessment Tasks

    Participation

    • Assessment task 1
      Title:
      Lab Portfolio Submission 1
      Description:
      This task comprises the first submission of your laboratory portfolio.

      Students will be required to compile a portfolio of major laboratory tasks for submission for assessment. Details of each portfolio component are clearly indicated in the laboratory tasks for eack week.

      This submission contains the weekly folio tasks for weeks 1-5.
      Weighting:
      10%
      Criteria for assessment:

      Specific criteria for assessment will be provided on the unit website. Feedback will be provided on your progress to facilitate for improvements in the second set of portfolio pieces.

      Late assignments will encur a 5% penalty per late day (including weekends), and may be submitted up to a maximum of 7 days late. After this time submissions will not be accepted without prior arrangement with the unit leader.

      Due date:
      Wednesday, 6 April 2011
    • Assessment task 2
      Title:
      Lab Portfolio Submission 2
      Description:
      This task comprises the second submission of your laboratory portfolio.

      Students will be required to compile a portfolio of major laboratory tasks for submission for assessment. Details of each portfolio component are clearly indicated in the laboratory tasks for eack week.

      This submission contains the weekly folio tasks for weeks 6-9.
      Weighting:
      10%
      Criteria for assessment:

      Specific criteria for assessment will be provided on the unit website.

      Late assignments will encur a 5% penalty per late day (including weekends), and may be submitted up to a maximum of 7 days late. After this time submissions will not be accepted without prior arrangement with the unit leader.

      Due date:
      Wednesday, 11 May 2011
    • Assessment task 3
      Title:
      Major Programming Assignment
      Description:
      Students will be required to complete a major programming assignment, encompassing all concepts covered in the unit. The full assignment brief will be placed on the unit website.
      Weighting:
      20%
      Criteria for assessment:

      Specific criteria for assessment will be provided on the unit website.

      Late assignments will encur a 5% penalty per late day (including weekends), and may be submitted up to a maximum of 7 days late. After this time submissions will not be accepted without prior arrangement with the unit leader.

      Due date:
      Wednesday, 25 May 2011

    Examinations

    • Examination 1
      Weighting:
      60%
      Length:
      3 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Closed book
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
      None
      Remarks:
      As this is the first offering of the unit a sample exam will be made available a month before the examination. Full exam revision will be covered in Week 12.

    Assignment submission

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments

    Resubmission of assignments

    Students may not resubmit assignments after the due date has passed.

    Policies

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    http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/academic/education/index.html

    Key educational policies include:

    Student services

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