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CIS3001 Object-Oriented Programming with Java

Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Information Systems
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Angela Howard
Moderator: Shelly Grist

Other requisites

Students 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


Object-oriented programming is the accepted method of software development used by organisations worldwide to develop business software solutions. To be adequately prepared for a professional business information technology career requires a sound understanding of the principles of object-oriented methodology, as well as experience in the practical application of these object-oriented methodologies with one of the major business solutions development languages.


This course introduces the fundamentals of object-oriented methodologies using Java. 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 program specifications, principles of object-oriented programming, and the extensive Java class libraries and apply them to the development of business software solutions in compliance with the course materials and programming conventions
  2. demonstrate academic and professional literacy by collating theoretical and practical course material into workable business object-oriented software solutions written clearly, logically, and concisely at a high level of proficiency
  3. demonstrate management, planning, and organisational 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 an object-oriented solution (business application) that is efficient, economic, smart, and easily maintainable.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Object oriented methodologies - introduction to object-oriented concepts such as inheritance, encapsulation, polymorphism, message passing, abstraction, overloading, overriding, deep and shallow copies 45.00
2. Basic Java language constructs - data types, control constructs, arrays/collections, I/O handling, exception handling 35.00
3. GUI programming applying object oriented principles when implementing components and containers, classes, events and event handling, interfaces 15.00
4. Advanced material 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Savitch, W 2012, Absolute Java, 5th edn, 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.
  • Farrell, J 2011, An object-oriented approach to programming logic and design, 3rd edn, Thomson Course Technology, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Horstmann, C 2009, Java concepts: compatible with Java 5, 6, and 7, 6th edn, Wiley, Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • Savitch, W 2012, Java: an introduction to problem solving and programming, 6th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
  • Sierra, K & Bates, B 2008, Head first Java, O'Reilly, viewed 19 October 2012,

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Private Study 125.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT 1 100 5 18 Mar 2013
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT 2 100 15 15 Apr 2013
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT 3 100 30 03 Jun 2013
2-HOUR EXAMINATION 120 50 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:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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 despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the examiner. (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) Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner to negotiate such special arrangements. (vi) 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