School of Computing Science

School of Computing Science

CSC8406 : Object-oriented programming

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Marta Koutny
  • Owning School: Computing Science
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To provide a grounding in object-oriented design and implementation, programming environments, and object-oriented programming.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Programs, programming and programming environments.
- Object-oriented programming: comments; types; variable declarations; arithmetic and boolean expressions; assignment.
- Loops and conditions; input and output.
- Data structures: arrays and lists.
- Simple algorithms: searching, sorting.
- Methods.
- Objects; inheritance; applications.
- Introduction to graphical user interfaces.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

To be able to define and discuss:
- an object-oriented initial programming language.
- design, implementation, testing and debugging programs.
- some common data structures and their use.

Intended Skill Outcomes

The ability to use a modern compilation environment.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Present
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Numeracy : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Present
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Assessed
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Present
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion181:0018:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical181:0018:00Practicals
Guided Independent StudyProject work361:0036:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study101:0010:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.

This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.

Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M100One piece of assessed coursework involving report & implementation. (48 hours)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Coursework: Practice in writing programs is the most effective way for students to learn to program and prepare for subsequent modules. For that reason, the coursework component of the module contributes 100% of the total assessment.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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