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CIS3001 Object-Oriented Programming with Java

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Information Systems
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Angela Howard
Moderator: Jianming Yong

Other requisites

Students who have not completed CIS1000 or CSC1401 at USQ will need to have foundation skills in programming logic. Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of object-oriented programming using the Java programming language. It lays a solid foundation for the development of practical business solutions in an object-oriented environment.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate problem solving by understanding the program specifications and principles of object oriented programming that make use of the extensive Java libraries and how to apply them to the development of business software applications in compliance with the course materials
  2. demonstrate academic and professional literacy by collating theoretical and practical course material into workable software applications written clearly, logically, and concisely at a high level of proficiency
  3. demonstrate management, planning, and organisation skills by setting and achieving design and development, in accordance with the specification, to be completed by the assigned due date
  4. demonstrate creativity, initiative, and enterprise by translating the problem (program specifications) into a solution (application) that is efficient, economic, smart, and easily maintainable
  5. demonstrate the specific skills required by external accreditation bodies (especially the Australian Computing Society) through a variety of theory and practical in-class activities, assignments and the examination
  6. demonstrate an in depth understanding of the principles of object oriented programming and how to apply them when programming Java
  7. demonstrate a sound working-knowledge of the syntax and semantics of the Java language
  8. demonstrate the ability to develop object oriented programming applications that make use of the extensive Java libraries and correctly apply object oriented principles
  9. demonstrate the ability to write object oriented source code clearly, logically, and concisely at a high level of proficiency.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Object oriented principles - introduction to object-oriented concepts such as inheritance encapsulation, polymorphism, messages passing, abstraction, etc 35.00
2. Basic Java language constructs - data types, control constructs, arrays, I/O handling, exception classes and objects 40.00
3. GUI programming - components and containers, events and event handling, interfaces 20.00
4. Recursion, Java Beans, Multithreading 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Savitch, W & Mock, KJ 2009, Absolute Java, 4th edn, Pearson/Addison Wesley, Boston, Massachusetts.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Barnes DJ & Koelling M 2009, Objects first with Java: a practical introduction using BlueJ, 4th edn, Prentice Hall, Harlow, England.
  • Deitel, PJ & Deitel, HM 2010, Java: how to program, 8th edn, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
  • Horstmann, C 2009, Java concepts, 6th edn, Wiley, Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • Savitch, C & Carrano, FM 2008, Java: an introduction to problem solving and programming, 5th edn, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
  • Wang, PS 2008, Java with object-oriented and generic programming, Course Technology, Boston, Massachusetts.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 14.00
Lectures 28.00
Private Study 70.00
Tutorials 14.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT 1 100 5 12 Mar 2012
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT 2 100 5 16 Apr 2012
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT 3 100 20 28 May 2012
2-HOUR EXAMINATION 120 70 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments: (i) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must submit the assignment to the USQ. (ii) Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. (iv) The examiner will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media. (v) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience.

  2. Course weightings: Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in an examination paper.

  3. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

  4. Make-up work: Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  5. Deferred work: Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at