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Postgraduate Course: Object Oriented Software Engineering Principles (PGGE11042)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course aims to provide a basic introduction to software object oriented engineering principles using Java. The course introduces a basic set of programming fundamentals such as input/output techniques, selection statements, iterative loops, recursion and basic data structures. It teaches formal class design techniques to address programming tasks and emphasises error elimination and testing strategies in code development. Practical work is central to learning on the course both in supervised sessions and during the participants own time.
Course description Week by week breakdown of the course:
1: Introduction to programming: object oriented design concepts and Python. Use of integrated development environments. Data types and first programs.
2: Code partitioning. Functions. Object-Oriented programming fundamentals. Designing and coding a simple user-defined class.

3: More complex class design. Evolving new methods. Method overloading. Class design methodology, unit testing and code documentation.

4: Encapsulation and better program control. Spatial object class hierarchies and re-use.

5: Class inheritance and algorithm development. Developing reliable and reusable code to solve problems. Interfacing with the computer and trapping errors.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 1 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 18, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 80 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the fundamental principles underlying Object-Oriented software design
  2. Employ formal methods to produce effective software designs as solutions to specific tasks
  3. Develop structured sets of simple user-defined classes using Object-Oriented principles to achieve overall programming goals
  4. Be able to write simple programs in Python to a professional standard o undertake basic Input/Output and to perform simple data manipulation and graphical display parameters and.
  5. You will be able to develop error identification and testing strategies for code development
Reading List
Python in a Nutshell (2009), Alex Martelli, O┐Reiley
Learning Python(2013) , Mark Lutz, O┐Reiley
Snake Wrangling for Kids (2007), Jason Briggs, free e-book (
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPGGE11042 Java,object oriented,programming
Course organiserDr Nick Hulton
Tel: (0131 6)50 2531
Course secretaryMrs Karolina Galera
Tel: (0131 6)50 2572
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