KF7006 - Object Oriented Programming

What will I learn on this module?

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

• Programming: simple data types and calculations; classes, objects, inheritance, interfaces, polymorphism; methods, constructors; parameter passing; arrays and strings; simple collection classes; statements for selection and iteration; exception handling; file and stream handling; APIs
• GUI programming : event driven programming, GUI components
• Tools: use of a compiler and associated Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Documentation tools.
• Program testing: purpose of testing, black box and white box testing. Use of tool support.

Since the module is intended for graduates from disciplines other than Computing, no previous programming experience is assumed.

How will I learn on this module?

A range of approaches will be used to aid your learning. You will be introduced to the main elements and principles of programming in the object oriented paradigm in lectures. They will be reinforced and developed through practical workshop classes, where you will develop skills in applying relevant principles and knowledge. You will be provided with guided reading and programming tasks that you are expected to do as independent learning to help extend your background knowledge.

Both the lectures and practical workshop classes will be recorded and uploaded to our virtual learning environment, and you will also be supported by resources provided through the e-learning portal such as PowerPoint lectures, screen capture videos, lecture and workshop source code and model solutions, and links to online resources. You will be given an online reading list, but will also be required to create your individual reading resource as well.
You will also conduct independent study, as it forms an important element of the module. Independent learning will centre upon identification and pursuit of areas of interest, by providing deeper/broader knowledge and understanding of the subject through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, reflection, research etc.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

A range of approaches are adopted to accelerate your learning in this module.

During the first week of this module, you will receive information about the module and teaching & learning plan. The teaching and learning plan (TLP) sets out
• Learning outcomes and overall module and programme aims
• Teaching, learning and assessment strategy
• Teaching schedule
• Directed reading references (text and journals) and core texts for the module

During this module your module tutor will provide academic support including:
• Delivering online materials
• Providing guidance in relation to assignments
• Development of key resources, made available through the VLE
• Assessing assignments and assess or review any other agreed summative or formative outputs as appropriate

You will also have opportunities to receive formative feedback from your tutor in response to opinions you express and issues you raise during lectures and workshop sessions.

Where appropriate, students may also be directed to engage with Study Skills +, or other resources offered through the University Student Support Services such as Dyslexia Support.

The Library is open 24 hours a day and E-Learning Portal houses all your module documents including your timetable. These services can be accessed on a range of devices

The module will also have an e-reading list which directs learners to specific reading for each session. This includes direct access to repositories, journal articles and other academic sources. You will also be provided with access to a significant set of academic research sources via the Northumbria University library portal.

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:
1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the principles, knowledge and skills required to design, implement, test and document programs written in an object oriented language
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the essential principles and practices relating to object oriented programming, including the need for standards, principles of quality, and appropriate software support

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Critically evaluate the methods and conceptual tools used in developing solutions to programming problems.
4. Analyse, specify, design, implement and test a high-level solution to a programming problem using object oriented and general imperative programming language constructs, using appropriate documentation standards and software tools.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Effectively communicate development of a solution to a programming problem, including critical evaluation.

How will I be assessed?

A single 3000-word assessment (plus codes) 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.

The assignment will provide you with an opportunity to apply a broad range of programming features and to demonstrate both your mastery of the subject and the level of your independent learning. It assesses all of the MLOs for the module. You will be provided with written feedback on the assignment.

Formative assessment will include two short assignments for which you will receive written feedback. Weekly computer-marked self-tests will allow you to assess your understanding of key points. Moreover, the practical workshop activities will help you and your tutors assess your understanding and progress, providing you with verbal feedback on your work.





Module abstract

On this module you will learn about object oriented programming and program design concepts, using an object first approach. You will learn how to design, implement, test and document programs and will gain practical programming experience by solving small scale problems. In addition, you will cover the need for standards and the principles of quality.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 16 months Full Time
2 other options available

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or January 2025

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