This unit aims to provide students with the basic concepts involved in the development of well structured software using a programming language. It concentrates on the development of problem solving skills applicable to all stages of the development process. Students gain experience with the translation of a problem specification into a program design, and the implementation of that design into a programming language. The subject introduces software engineering topics such as maintainability, readability, testing, documentation, modularisation, and reasoning about correctness of programs. Students are expected to read and understand existing code as well as develop new code.
2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk
Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit as follows:
Michael Smith, Consultation hours: To be advised.
Consultation hours: To be advised.
Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%
|Assessment Task||Value||Due Date|
|Assignment 1, Assignment 2 (Stage 1) & Assignment 2 (Stage 2)||40% total (15%, 5% & 20%)||Assignment 1 - 16 April 2012; Assignment 2 (Stage 1) - 7 May 2012 and (Stage 2) - 25 May 2012|
|Examination 1||60%||To be advised|
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Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.
In this unit we will use Java and the BlueJ development environment.
This software is available on CD with the prescribed text book and is installed in the student computer labs at Caulfield campus
You will be given instructions on how to use this in your first tutorial.
You are expected to work in the BlueJ development environment.
Prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library.
Barnes and Kolling . (2011). Objects First with Java . (5th) Prentice Hall.
|0||No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0|
|1||Introduction to FIT9017 and expectations; introduction to programming, basic OO concepts, objects, classes, attributes, behaviour, state and identity.||Note: Tutorials commence in Week 1|
|2||Class definition, fields, constructors, methods, parameter passing, variables, expressions, statements, assignment, primitive data types, arithmetic operators, strings, basic output.|
|3||Selection (if and switch statements), conditions, relational & logical operators, shorthand operators, ++ operator, precedence, scope and lifetime, basic input.|
|4||Object creation and interaction, abstraction, modularisation, class & object diagrams, object creation, primitive vs. object types, method calling, message passing, method signatures, method overloading.|
|5||Class libraries, importing classes, collections, ArrayLists, arrays, iteration, pre and post test loops.|
|6||Testing, unit testing, testing heuristics, regression testing, debugging.|
|7||Class documentation, Javadoc, identity vs. equality, more on strings, sets and maps, conditional operator.||Assignment 1 due 16 April 2012|
|8||Information hiding, encapsulation, access modifiers, scoping, class variables, class methods, constants.|
|9||Program design, design methods, responsibility-driven design, design documentation, testing a program, specifying a test strategy.|
|10||Programming errors, exception handling, file I/O.||Assignment 2 (Stage 1) due 7 May 2012|
|11||Code quality, coupling, cohesion, refactoring, using the Java SDK|
|12||Inheritance, superclasses, subclasses, subtypes, substitution, polymorphic variables, protected access, casting, wrapper classes, collection hierarchy.||Assignment 2 (Stage 2) due 25 May 2012|
|SWOT VAC||No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC|
|Examination period||LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
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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).
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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