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Required Resources

In this unit we will use Java and the BlueJ development environment.
This software is available on CD with the text book. 


The Java software is available to download from Sun website at: http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/

BlueJ is available to download from the BlueJ site at: http://www.bluej.org/
You will be given instructions on how to use this in your first tutorial.
You are expected to work in the BlueJ development environment.
Tutors will only assess the assignments under this environment.

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 FIT9017 and expectations; introduction to programming, basic OO concepts, objects, classes, attributes, behaviour, state and identity.  
2 07/03/11 Class definition, fields, constructors, methods, parameter passing, variables, expressions, statements, assignment, primitive data types, arithmetic operators, strings, basic output.  
3 14/03/11 Selection (if and switch statements), conditions, relational & logical operators, shorthand operators, ++ operator, precedence, scope and lifetime, basic input.  
4 21/03/11 Object creation and interaction, abstraction, modularisation, class & object diagrams, object creation, primitive vs. object types, method calling, message passing, method signatures, method overloading. Exercise on Plagiarism, Cheating and Collusion, Week 4, date to be advised
5 28/03/11 Class libraries, importing classes, collections, ArrayLists, arrays, iteration, pre and post test loops.  
6 04/04/11 Testing, unit testing, testing heuristics, regression testing, debugging.  
7 11/04/11 Class documentation, Javadoc, identity vs. equality, more on strings, sets and maps, conditional operator. Assignment 1 due Week 7, date to be advised
8 18/04/11 Information hiding, encapsulation, access modifiers, scoping, class variables, class methods, constants.  
Mid semester break
9 02/05/11 Program design, design documentation, testing a program, specifying a test strategy.  
10 09/05/11 Programming errors, exception handling, file I/O. Assignment 2 (Stage 1) due Week 10, date to be advised
11 16/05/11 Code quality, coupling, cohesion, refactoring.  
12 23/05/11 Inheritance, superclasses, subclasses, subtypes, substitution, polymorphic variables, protected access, casting, wrapper classes, collection hierarchy. Assignment 2 (Stage 2) due Week 12, date to be advised; ViLLE exercises due Week 12, date to be advised
  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


  • Assessment task 1
    Exercise on Plagiarism, Cheating and Collusion
    Students will complete exercises in class to make sure they are familiar with and fully understand the concepts, rules and issues relating to plagiarism, cheating and collusion with respect to work submitted for assessment in this unit.
    0% (compulsory hurdle)
    Criteria for assessment:

    A criteria for assessment will be provided.

    Due date:
    Week 4, date to be advised
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 1, Assignment 2 (Stage 1) & Assignment 2 (Stage 2)
    These assignments will require students to design, write, test and document a program in Java.
    45% total (15%, 5% & 25% respectively)
    Criteria for assessment:

    These are individual assignments and must be entirely your own work.

    Assessment of these assignments is by interview. You will be asked to demonstrate your system during an interview and can also expect to be asked to explain your system, your code, your design, discuss design decisions and alternatives and modify your code / system as required. Marks will not be awarded for any section of code or functionality that a student cannot explain or modify satisfactorily. (The marker may delete excessive comments in code before a student is asked to explain that code).

    For on-campus students, interview times will be arranged in the tutorial labs immediately preceding the submission deadline. It is your responsibility to attend the lab and obtain an interview time. Students who do not attend an interview will receive zero marks for the assignment. 

    For off-campus-learning students: Off-campus-learning students also have to attend an interview, either by phone or through Skype. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain an interview time immediately prior to the submission of the assignment. Students who do not attend an interview will receive zero marks for the assignment.

    Due date:
    Assignment 1 - Week 7; Assignment 2 (Stages 1 and 2) - Weeks 10 & 12 respectively, dates to be advised
  • Assessment task 3
    ViLLE exercises
    Set exercises in the ViLLE online learning environment to be completed throughout the semester.
    Criteria for assessment:

    A criteria for assessment will be provided.

    Due date:
    Week 12, date to be advised


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

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

There will be no resubmission of assignments.

Referencing requirements

Students must reference material used from other sources.


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Student services

The University provides many different kinds of support services for you. Contact your tutor if you need advice and see the range of services available at www.monash.edu.au/students The Monash University Library provides a range of services and resources that enable you to save time and be more effective in your learning and research. Go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au or the library tab in my.monash portal for more information. Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis

Reading List

The following may provide useful extra reading for this unit. Copies of these are available in the Caulfield Library (on reserve, one day loan or in the normal circulation).

Java Foundations, Lewis, De Pasquale & Chase, (Pearson Education), 2008 

Big Java (4th edition), Cay Horstman (John Wiley & Sons), 2010 

Java Programming - from Problem Analysis to Program Design (3rd edition), D. S Malik (Thomson), 2008

Thinking in Java (4th edition), Eckell (Prentice Hall), 2006

Absolute Java (3rd edition), Savitch (Addison Wesley), 2008

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