Programming and Software Development

Subject COMP90041 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours, comprising of one 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour lab per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

The aims for this subject is for students to develop an understanding of approaches to solving moderately complex problems with computers, and to be able to demonstrate proficiency in designing and writing programs using a programming language. The programming language used is Java.


On successful completion students will:

  • Apply the concepts of object-oriented design to the solution of computational problems.
  • Read and understand a Java program of small to medium complexity.
  • Write a Java program of small to medium complexity, which contains a number of classes with console user interface.
  • Understand basic concepts of computer science: data structures and algorithms.
  • Understand the process and methods of software design and implementation using Java programming language.

Project assignments will be done during the semester and are expected to take approximately 60 hours in total (40%). There are three projects. The first one is due approximately in the third week and is worth 5% marks. The second project is due around mid-semester and is worth 15% marks. The third project is due at the end of the semester and is worth 25% marks.

One 2-hour end-of-semester examination (60%).

To pass the subject, students must obtain at least:

50% overall.
20/40 in the project assignments.
25/60 in the end-of-semester written examination.

ILO 1, 2, 4 and 5 are addressed in the lectures, laboratory exercises, project assignments and the end-of-semester examination. ILO 2 and 3 are addressed in the laboratory exercises and project assignment.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion students should:

  • Understand major concepts of object-oriented programming and design including classes, objects, encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism.
  • Design, implement and test a program for small and medium size problems in the Java programming language.
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Information Systems
Master of Engineering in Distributed Computing
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Master of Science (Bioinformatics)
Ph.D.- Engineering
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)
Master of Engineering (Software)

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