KV5031 - Advanced Programming

What will I learn on this module?

During this module you will further develop your problem solving, programming and program design skills, introduced in previous modules. You will learn the principles, knowledge, and skills to utilise the object-oriented programming paradigm. You will learn to use OOP concepts like inheritance, polymorphism, encapsulation, constructors, software libraries and type safety in professional software projects. Using an appropriate programming language to design and write object-oriented programs to process files, create and apply unit tests and build graphical user interfaces (GUIs).

By using professional interview questions we will build up skills and familiarity with the software interview process to help build up your confidence for a place in the software industry.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be introduced to programming concepts and will then complete programming exercises based on them in combined lecture/practical classes to help you understand the concepts and gain programming skills. A further practical class will also be provided to help you to further develop your problem solving programming skills. There will also be a surgery session each week for students requiring further tuition.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The combined lecture/practical classes will allow you to practice concepts as they are being taught and the further practical session will help you to practice these in some depth. Study materials and solutions to exercises will be made available via, the eLP (electronic learning portal) blackboard. You will be given advice and feedback on your work and progress on practical exercises during the timetabled classes.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
ML01 – Demonstrate wide and critical understanding of the principles underlying the object-oriented paradigm to design and provide solutions to problems.
ML02 - Identify and apply predefined classes in the development of object-oriented programs
ML03 - Develop basic graphical user interfaces (GUIs) to allow users to interact with a programming solution.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
ML04 - Design and develop Object-Oriented solutions to simple programming problems

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 – Develop independent thinking, and ability to justify your own software design. Including critical evaluation skills, improving understanding of your applications and their societal and environmental implications

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment
A single 1000-word assessment (plus code) will involve analysing, specifying, designing, implementing, testing and documenting a solution to a programming problem using object-oriented methods. This will include a critical evaluation of appropriate methods and tools. This will form 50% of the assessment.

There will also be a second project based assessment which will demonstrate various aspects of your understanding and knowledge of OOP concepts. This will form the remaining 50% of the assessment.

This summative assessment addresses Module Learning Outcomes ML01, ML02, ML03, ML04 and MLO5.

Formative assessment
There are various ways for you and the tutors to assess and monitor your progress. During workshop sessions, your tutors will examine your work and offer suggestions, corrections and advice. They may also ask you questions and hold discussions to evaluate your understanding.


KV4012 Programming



Module abstract

This module is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in object oriented programming and program design concepts. Specifically, you will learn how to design, implement, test and document programs and will gain practical programming experience by solving small scale problems. In particular, the syllabus of the module will cover topics such as:

• Programming: simple data types and calculations; classes, objects, inheritance, polymorphism; methods, constructors; parameter passing; arrays and strings; simple collection classes; statements for selection and iteration; exception handling; APIs
• GUI programming: GUI components.
•Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
The assessment is partly by using industry-standard competence evaluation methods for core knowledge and understanding. The other form of assessment is via a where project you should be able to build simple graphical user interfaces and your assessment is partially project based where you develop and deliver a project.

Course info

UCAS Code G411

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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