CITS1001 Object-oriented Programming and Software Engineering

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Computer Science major sequence
  • Level 1 core unit in the Software Engineering specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
Content
This unit introduces the language structures and techniques needed to write well-structured programs in the object-oriented paradigm using the Java programming language. In particular, the process of developing appropriate classes, objects and methods to solve simple computational problems underlies the entire unit. Core computer programming topics such as the use of variables, primitive and reference data types, expressions, control structures involving selection and repetition, method decomposition and parameter passing are all covered in this context. Algorithmic techniques such as iteration, sorting, searching along with programming practices such as error handling, testing, debugging and documentation are introduced. The unit also covers advanced topics such as association, inheritance and interface. A strong focus is placed on the practical application of these concepts and techniques to produce working programs in computer laboratories. The rationale for using the object-oriented paradigm, and in particular the language Java, is covered in detail. No prior knowledge of computing or programming is assumed.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) interpret the behaviour of simple Java programs; (2) implement Java classes from specifications; (3) understand and apply the object-oriented principles of information hiding and program by contract; (4) make effective use of software development tools to write, test, debug and document Java programs; (5) use a software engineering process to develop small Java programs; and (6) critique the quality of Java programs using criteria such as readability, encapsulation, cohesion and coupling.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a mid-semester test; (2) programming exercises; and (3) an examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Rachel Cardell-Oliver
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
or
higher
Incompatibility:
CITS1200 Java Programming, CITS1220 Software Engineering
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 1 hour per week; labs: 3 hours per week
Text

Barnes, D. J. and Kolling, M. Objects First with Java, 5th edn: Prentice Hall/Pearson Education 2012

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