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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Practical Programming with Objects (INFD11001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is intended for students who have no prior experience of object-oriented programming. It does assume knowledge of basic programming concepts, but provides an introduction to object-oriented design and the Java programming language. Students with no programming experience will find this course challenging, but should be able to complete it if prepared to invest additional time in self-guided study of the required basics.

This course is for distance learning students within the School of Informatics and students on the Data Science, Technology & Innovation Programme. Distance students will cover the same materials, engage in the same classroom activities and undertake the same assessment as students taking INFR11189.
Course description This course uses a flipped classroom model to provide a flexible learning environment. It follows a range of online materials and a recommended textbook that students explore at their own pace. Making the most of these resources requires students to manage their own schedule and locate materials appropriate to their level of experience. An online discussion board is used for asynchronous, guided learning and peer support. The only timetabled events are weekly live sessions, which are used flexibly for lectures, Q&A sessions and discussion of the assignments. Assessment is 100% coursework and based on two assignments.

The course covers the following topics:
- Introduction to the Java programming language
- Object-oriented design (classes, objects, inheritance, responsibility)
- Code readability and documentation
- The use of external libraries
- Graphical user interfaces
- Introduction to version control
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Informatics 1 - Object-Oriented Programming (INFR08014)
Students MUST NOT also be taking Introduction to Practical Programming with Objects (INFR11189)
Other requirements Students MUST NOT have taken Introduction to Java Programming (INFR09050) in previous years.

This course is open to Informatics PG students. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser (lecturer).

Students are expected to have some previous programming experience (not necessarily with an object-oriented language). It is possible to take the course without any previous experience, but this will almost certainly be challenging, and require additional time.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. design and implement a complete, realistic Java application to a given specification
  2. utilise an object-oriented approach to produce a well-structured, modular and maintainable design which is evaluated and justified by comparison with plausible alternatives
  3. produce code which is clear, readable and adequately documented
  4. locate and utilise supporting resources, including 3rd party library code, documentation, and online materials to support development and debugging
  5. utilise appropriate development tools to support development, debugging and documentation
Reading List
* Objects First with Java - A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ by David J. Barnes & Michael Kolling, (Prentice Hall / Pearson Education, 2016 ISBN 9780132835541)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Problem solving, Analytical thinking, Handling complexity and ambiguity, Independent learning and development, Change management, Planning, organising and time management, Creativity and inventive thinking.
KeywordsIPPO-DL,Distance Learning,Informatics,Java Programming
Course organiserMr David Symons
Tel: (0131 6)51 5661
Course secretaryMs Lindsay Seal
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
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