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FIT2034 Computer programming 2 - Semester 1, 2013

The emphasis in this unit is on the application of fundamental programming concepts using an object-oriented programming language. It also introduces more advanced object-oriented programming topics such as inheritance and polymorphism. It gives students a deeper understanding of programming and data structures by introducing recursion and dynamic data structures. It also gives more practical skills in designing, building and testing larger computer programs, including ones having graphical user interfaces, and utilising file I/O. Modern software tools to support programming activities of testing and group-based development are also demonstrated.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload requirements

Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit as follows:

For on-campus students:
Lectures: 2 hours per week
Tutorials/Lab Sessions: 2 hours per week per tutorial
and up to an additional 8 hours in some weeks for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however, you should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

CPE1004, CSE1203, CSE2305, GCO1812, FIT1007

Prerequisites

FIT1040 or FIT1002

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Chris Ling

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will:
  • attain programming experience through designing and constructing simple object-oriented programs using Java as the implementation language;
  • demonstrate an understanding of advanced object-oriented concepts such as inheritance, polymorphism, and abstract classes and interfaces as provided for in Java;
  • be able to create programs that provide a graphical user interface and use event handling;
  • be able to write programs involving abstract and dynamic data structures, and implement algorithms for searching, insertion and deletion;
  • be able to use the collection classes in the Java API;
  • be able to implement algorithms that utilise recursion;
  • have an understanding of design principles for building a multiple-class object-oriented program;
  • be able to implement exception handling techniques;
  • be able to use files for persistent storage of data;
  • be able to construct test harnesses for multiple-class programs;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the range and purpose of modern tools to support the process of programming complex software systems.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Register for tutorials and check out the unit website, review what you learned in FIT1002 No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Topic 1: Review of Java Syntax and Basic Concepts No practical in Week 1
2 Topic 2: Object Orientation Formative assessment (topic 1)
3 Topic 3: Association and Aggregation Relationships Commence first assessed practical
4 Topic 4: Inheritance and Polymorphism Assessed Practical (topics 2 and 3) due
5 Topic 5: Interfaces, Abstract Classes and Callbacks Assessed Practical (topic 4) due
6 Topic 6: File Input and Output, and Exceptions Formative assessment (topic 5)
7 Topic 7: Data Structures and the Java Collection Classes Assessed Practical (topic 6) due
8 Topic 8: Recursion Assessed Practical (topic 7) due
9 Topic 9: Graphical User Interfaces and Event Handling Assessed Practical (topic 8) due
10 Topic 10: Algorithms for Searching and Sorting Assessed Practical (topic 9) due
11 Topic 11: Testing and Debugging Formative assessment (topic 10)
12 Revision Formative assessment (topic 11); Major Assignment due Sunday 2 June 2013
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Assessment Summary

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Practical - Topic 2 and 3: Simple Object Oriented program involving associations and aggregations 5% Week 4
Practical - Topic 4: Inheritance and Polymorphism 4% Week 5
Practical - Topic 6: File Input and Output 4% Week 7
Practical - Topic 7: Data Structure and the Java Collection Classes 4% Week 8
Practical - Topic 8: Recursion 4% Week 9
Practical - Topic 9: Graphical User Interfaces 4% Week 10
Major Assignment 15% 11:59PM Sunday 2 June 2013
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
Lectures are used to present new programming language concepts, and to present example code that uses these concepts.
Practicals are used to give you hands-on experience at programming using the newly taught concepts.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Practical - Topic 2 and 3: Simple Object Oriented program involving associations and aggregations
    Description:
    The Practical exercises listed in weeks 3 and 4, which covers topics 2 and 3, will be assessed. The work must be the result of your own individual efforts, with guidance given by your tutor (through answering questions you may have), or asked on the discussion forum.
    Weighting:
    5%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Broadly, the criteria used to assess your work will be:

    1. Your ability to use basic object-oriented constructs to create a small multiple class program that compiles and executes without errors.
    2. Your ability to explain how various object-oriented constructs have been incorporated into your program.
    3. Whether the program meets the behavioural requirements as specified.

    Details on how grades are allocated will be explained in the specification.

    Due date:
    Week 4
    Remarks:
    You must commence working on the tasks prior to turning up to the class, because you must submit before the conclusion of the class. You should aim to complete the tasks before the final half-hour of the class time, so that the tutor can mark you.
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Practical - Topic 4: Inheritance and Polymorphism
    Description:
    The practical exercises relating to topic 4 (Inheritance and Polymorphism) will be assessed.
    Weighting:
    4%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Broadly, the criteria used to assess your work will be:

    1. Your ability to use programming constructs to demonstrate an understanding of inheritance and polymorphism.
    2. Your ability to explain how you used the programming constructs in your program.
    3. Whether the program meets the behavioural requirements as specified.

    Details on how grades are allocated will be explained in the specification.

    Due date:
    Week 5
    Remarks:
    You must commence working on the tasks prior to turning up to the class, because you must submit before the conclusion of the class. You should aim to complete the tasks before the final half-hour of the class time, so that the tutor can mark you.
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Practical - Topic 6: File Input and Output
    Description:
    The practical exercises relating to topic 6 (File Input and Output) will be assessed.
    Weighting:
    4%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Broadly, the criteria used to assess your work will be:

    1. Your ability to use programming constructs to demonstrate an understanding of file-based input and output.
    2. Your ability to explain how you used the programming constructs in your program.
    3. Whether the program meets the behavioural requirements as specified.

    Details on how grades are allocated will be explained in the specification.

    Due date:
    Week 7
  • Assessment task 4
    Title:
    Practical - Topic 7: Data Structure and the Java Collection Classes
    Description:
    The practical exercises relating to topic 7 (Data Structures and the Java Collection Classes) will be assessed.
    Weighting:
    4%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Broadly, the criteria used to assess your work will be:

    1. Your ability to use programming constructs to demonstrate an understanding of data structures and Java Collection classes.
    2. Your ability to explain how you used the programming constructs in your program.
    3. Whether the program meets the behavioural requirements as specified.

    Details on how grades are allocated will be explained in the specification.

    Due date:
    Week 8
  • Assessment task 5
    Title:
    Practical - Topic 8: Recursion
    Description:
    The practical exercises relating to topic 8 (Recursion) will be assessed.
    Weighting:
    4%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Broadly, the criteria used to assess your work will be:

    1. Your ability to use recursion in programming.
    2. Your ability to explain how the elements of recursive solutions have been incorporated into your work.
    3. Whether the program meets the behavioural requirements as specified.

    Details on how grades are allocated will be explained in the specification.

    Due date:
    Week 9
  • Assessment task 6
    Title:
    Practical - Topic 9: Graphical User Interfaces
    Description:
    The practical exercises relating to topic 9 (Graphical User Interfaces) will be assessed.
    Weighting:
    4%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Broadly, the criteria used to assess your work will be:

    1. Your ability to use the various classes of the Java API relating to the creation of a graphical user interface involving frames, buttons, textfields, and similar components.
    2. Your ability to write event-handling code to respond to user-initiated events in a graphical user interface.
    3. The ability to manipulate the contents of graphical components.
    4. Your ability to explain how you used the programming constructs relating to GUIs and event handling in your program.
    5. Whether the program meets the behavioural requirements as specified.

    Details on how grades are allocated will be explained in the specification.

    Due date:
    Week 10
  • Assessment task 7
    Title:
    Major Assignment
    Description:
    In addition to the assessment of the preceding practical classes, there is a major assignment which will integrate concepts from many of the topics of this unit. The program will involve sorting and searching, graphical user interactions, inheritance and polymorphism, and file input and output.
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:

    More specific criteria will be provided with the task specification document, but broadly, the criteria used to assess your work will include:

    1. Your ability to use inheritance and polymorphism.
    2. Your ability to use association/aggregation.
    3. Your ability to use techniques of file input and output.
    4. Your ability to implement searching and sorting algorithms.
    5. Your ability to construct a functioning graphical user interface.
    6. Your ability to follow industry standards in terms of documenting your programs.
    7. Your ability to explain how you used the programming constructs in your program.
    8. Your ability to ensure that the program meets the behavioural requirements as specified.
    9. Your ability to perform problem solving to create a working solution from a given problem description.

    Details on how grades are allocated will be explained in the specification. A program which does not compile without errors will not be given a Pass or higher grade. A program which achieves all functional requirements but without using the expected programming constructs will not get a grade higher than Credit.

    Due date:
    11:59PM Sunday 2 June 2013
    Remarks:
    You will not be given time during class to do this assignment. You will be able to start working on this assignment before the mid-semester break, although some aspects will not be taught until after the mid-semester break.

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    60%
    Length:
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    None

Learning resources

Reading list

Arnold, K., et al (2006), "The Java Programming Language", 4th Edition, Sun Microsystems/Addison-Wesley. (ISBN: 0-321-34980-6) - this is only useful as a reference if you want to find out more than what we teach.

Monash Library Unit Reading List
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

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
  • Other: Staff responses to queries posted in discussion forums

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

Prescribed Software

You must have the Java SE 6 Software Development Kit (called the JDK) installed on your computer. This software can be downloaded for free from the internet by going to http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html and clicking on the 'download' button in the JDK column.

Prescribed text(s)

Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library.

Stuart Reges and Marty Stepp. (2011). Building Java Programs: A Back to Basics Approach. (2nd Edition) Addison Wesley (ISBN: 0-136-09181-4).

Recommended Resources

Useful Software

Whilst the JDK provides the compiler and runtime interpreter for the Java language, you will most likely want to make use of an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). You may use any IDE that you are comfortable with, but we strongly suggest you use Eclipse, because of the features included within it. Eclipse can be downloaded from:  http://www.eclipse.org/

Examination material or equipment

It is a closed book exam. No material or equipment besides pens/pencils is permitted.

Other Information

Policies

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

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.

Your feedback to Us

Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Based on previous student evaluations, we decided:

  1. To improve the sequencing of certain topics.
  2. To change the assignment weightage.
  3. To focus on programming skills rather than the implementation of prototype features in all practical assignments.
  4. To align the assessment requirements with students' undertanding of programming concepts rather than prototype features. The alignment will be done based on weekly learning objectives.

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

Other

Study Resources

Resources we will provide for your study are:

  • This Unit Information Guide outlining the administrative information for the unit
  • Weekly Study Guide modules
  • Weekly lecture slides and any sample programs used during lectures
  • Weekly practical tasks and solutions
  • Assignment specification (and later a solution)
  • Links to additional electronic resources (such as Java API documentation)
  • Discussion forums
  • The FIT2034 web site on Moodle, where most of the above resources can be located
  • Lectures from some campuses are recorded and available for access at http://mulo.monash.edu