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Undergraduate Course: Informatics 1 - Object Oriented Programming (INFR08029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is available to Informatics students and those on combined Informatics degrees with Maths and PPLS.

This course presents a conceptual and practical introduction to object oriented programming and software engineering practices, exemplified by Java. As well as providing a grounding in the use of Java, the course will cover general principles of programming in imperative and object oriented frameworks. After completing the course successfully, students will be able to develop programs that support experimentation, simulation and exploration in other parts of the Informatics curriculum (e.g. the capacity to implement, test and observe a particular algorithm).
Course description An introduction to the concepts of programming and software engineering using an object oriented programming language.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Informatics 1 - Introduction to Computation (INFR08025)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements SCE H-grade Mathematics or equivalent is desirable.

Note: This course is only available to students on Informatics degrees (including combined degrees with Informatics), or those where it is a compulsory course on their DPT. Maths students may be permitted on the course, subject to capacity.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents must have passed 'Informatics 1 - Introduction to Computation INFR08025 in Semester 1.

SCE H-grade Mathematics or equivalent is desirable.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  405
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 32, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 144 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework is made up of 3 summative assignments and continuous assessment, broken down as follows:
Assignment 1: 20%
Assignment 2: 20%
Assignment 3: 40%
Continuous assessment: 20%

For the first assignment is about writing a review of code you are provided.

The second and third assignments are programming exercises for which you submit Java code and a short, reflective report.

Continuous assessment is based on weekly quizzes and questionnaires.
Feedback Weekly formative feedback on tutorial and lab exercises, and feedback on coursework submissions.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. implement components of an object-oriented program, given a specification, and demonstrate the use of an object-oriented approach to enable group development of larger applications
  2. justify implementation decisions, compare implementations, and comment on their strengths and weaknesses
  3. demonstrate an awareness of good software engineering practice, including the use of version control, testing and readable code
  4. locate and use additional sources of information (to include discussion with peers where appropriate) to facilitate independent problem-solving, and reflect on ones own and others contribution to a collaborative learning environment
  5. plan and organize time, working consistently to a goal
Reading List
The syllabus will mainly be based on the book Objects First with Java: A Practical Introduction using BlueJ by David J. Barnes & Michael Koelling.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students completing this course can be expected to have developed the following personal and professional attributes and skills, beyond the study of the subject itself:

- The ability to plan and manage their time for larger programming projects and coursework in general.
- Experience working and communicating in a group of programmers involved in the same or related projects.
- The ability to search for resources and literature required for programming projects.
- Experience with presenting and communicating their own work as well as reflecting on programs written by others.
KeywordsINF1B,Software Engineering,Object Orientated Programming
Course organiserDr Fiona McNeill
Tel: (0131 6)50 4421
Course secretaryMs Kendal Reid
Tel: (0131 6)51 3249
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