Dr. Joel Scanlan
Phone: (03) 6226 7825
Room: Cent 469, Sandy Bay Campus, Hobart
This unit extends the students? knowledge and experience of programming, and introduces them to the consideration and experience of the software engineering processes necessary for the construction of software systems of high quality. Programming topics include: references, allocation and deallocation of memory, self-referential data structures, classes and objects, class instantiation, object based programming, abstract data types, introduction to algorithm complexity. Software Engineering topics include: requirements analysis, functional specification, software design, programming techniques and tools, software development life-cycles including agile programming, an introduction to software version control, systematic approach to testing, and period planning.
Warning on Over-confidence
Some students who have done a considerable amount of home or school computing may think that they are already expert computer programmers. This is extremely unlikely, as most self-taught or uncorrected programmers have picked up bad habits which are inappropriate in professional programming, and may have major gaps in their understanding of concepts. Please bear in mind that practising computing at a professional level is very different from practising it as a hobby. Experience has shown that very few students who have studied computing at school are so good that they can treat programming units lightly.
12.5% of one academic year
Lectures: 3 hr/day
Tutorials: 1 hr/day
Data Structures and Algorithms:
Fundamentals of Software Engineering:
Personal Software Process:
For more information see the section titled 'Content' on the unit website.
On successful completion of this unit, you
will be able to:
The university has defined a set of generic graduate attributes expected in its graduates. http://www.utas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/214662/Generic-Attributes-of-Graduates.pdf Your course is designed to enable you to develop generic skills that are valued in, and expected of, graduates. These are skills that you will need to develop over time. Hence you are encouraged to look for opportunities, as you study each unit, to reflect on and improve these skills.
Problem Solving Skills
Internal (30%), Exam (70%)
Data Structures Assignment 1
3:00pm, Thursday 24th January 2013
Data Structures Assignment 2
3:00pm, Thursday 7 February 2013
Fundamentals of Software Engineering
During semester in tutorials
3 hr open-book examination
University Examination Period
Title: Data Structures Assignment 1
Title: Data Structures Assignment 2
Title: Fundamentals of Software Engineering
Title: 3 hr open-book examination
See the 'Assessment' section in unit website for more detailed information about assessment items.
Overall assessment will be based on the student's performance throughout the semester as well as in a formal examination. In order to achieve a pass (or better) result, a student must obtain:
This unit is Web Supplemented.
This means that the use of the Web is optional for this unit.
The unit website contains unit information and resources.
The unit website is accessed from http://www.utas.edu.au/coursesonline/. You will need to use your university email pop account username and password to log on to the MyLO system. Once authenticated by the system your personalised MyLO Learning Online area will be displayed. It contains links to the websites that you have permission to access - including the website for this unit.
If you are not able to access the unit website, please contact the University IT help desk:
Entrance Level, Morris Miller Library, Sandy Bay Campus;
Entrance Level, Launceston Campus Library, Newnham Campus.
Telephone: 6226 1818 and 1300 304 903.
The 1300 number is a local call from within Tas, with the exception of mobiles.
Carrano, F. M. & Prichard, J. J. 2006, Data Abstraction and Problem Solving with Java - Walls and Mirrors, 2nd Edition, Addison Wesley
The software that you will need to access the unit website and to study this unit, including general purpose software such as word processors, is provided on the computers in the School's computing labs. If you intend to use software on other computers please check that the versions are compatible.
School of Computing and Information Systems - Faculty of Science, Engineering, and Technology. http://www.utas.edu.au/cis
Information and Resources for Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology students are available on the faculty website at: http://www.utas.edu.au/scieng
Information and Resources for 'Current Students' are available on the university website at: http://www.utas.edu.au/students/
Contact the School Help Desk if you have any queries or problems with accessing, using, or printing from the computers in the School of Computing and Information Systems labs.
In Hobart the Help Desk is located on level 3 in the Centenary Building, and is open from 10:00am-12:00pm, and 2:00pm-4:00pm Monday-Friday. The phone number is 6226 2929.
In Launceston the Help Desk is located near the entrance to the computing labs and is open from 10:00am-12:00pm, and 2:00pm-4:00pm Monday-Friday. The phone number is 6324 3447.
Both help desks will accept queries over the phone outside the standard opening hours.
The computer labs at the Cradle Coast Campus are maintained by ITR - please contact the University Help Desk for assistance with these computers.
The School has PC labs (running Windows 7), Mac labs (running Mac OS X 10.6), and special purpose Networking labs at the Newnham and Sandy Bay campuses. All students are provided with logins for Windows, Macintosh and Unix environments. If you have not used these facilities before please contact the School Help Desk to collect your account details. If you would like to access these facilities after hours please contact the School Help Desk.
In Hobart, there are 4 PC Labs, 2 Mac Labs, and 1 Networks Lab in the Centenary Building. In Launceston, there are 2 PC Labs, 1 Mac Lab, 1 Networks Lab, and one Multipurpose Lab in Building V.
Use of computing facilities provided by the School is subject to the School's Ethics Guidelines, details of which are posted at http://www.utas.edu.au/computing-information-systems/resources/ethics-guidelines. Copies of the guidelines are also available in all School labs. The School's facilities may only be used for study-related purposes, and may not be used for personal gain. Anti-social behaviour in labs such as game playing, viewing pornography, loud discussion, audio without the use of head-phones, etc is strictly prohibited in all labs at all times. Eating, drinking, and smoking is not permitted in the labs. Before being granted access to the School's facilities, you will be required to sign a declaration that you have read and understand these guidelines, and that you will abide by them. Disciplinary action may be taken against students who violate the guidelines.
If you need assistance in preparing for study please refer to your tutor or lecturer. For additional information refer to the Learning Development website: http://www.utas.edu.au/learndev/
If you will be using MyLO for the first time and would like some information on how to use MyLO refer to the following website: http://www.utas.edu.au/coursesonline/mylo-support.htm
Some of the units you will study use videoconferencing to deliver lectures and tutorials. To enable you to get the best out of a videoconference please refer to the following guide: http://www.its.utas.edu.au/videoconf/vcstudentguide.pdf
In the first instance you should contact your lecturer. If the matter is not resolved then you should contact the Head of School. If the matter is still unresolved and you would like to know who to contact or the procedures for resolving your concern refer to the following website: http://acserv.admin.utas.edu.au/complaints_info.html
The Tasmanian University Union (TUU) may also be able to assist.
The School reserves the right to alter the details contained in this Unit Outline. Students will be advised of changes to the outline via their University email account and it remains the responsibility of the student to check their email for such changes.
The university is committed to providing a safe and secure teaching and learning environment. For more information see http://www.admin.utas.edu.au/hr/ohs/pol_proc/
If you are experiencing difficulties with your studies or assignments, have personal or life planning issues, disability or illness which may affect your course of study, you are advised to raise these with your lecturer in the first instance.
The University has staff available to assist you, such as the:
For more information and contact details see the Services and Support section on the University 'Current Students' web page: http://www.utas.edu.au/students/
The University is committed to high standards of professional conduct in all activities, and holds its commitment and responsibilities to its students as being of paramount importance. Likewise, it holds expectations about the responsibilities students have as they pursue their studies within the special environment the University offers.
The University's Code of Conduct for Teaching and Learning states:
You are expected to spend about 130 hrs studying in this unit - this includes attendance at scheduled teaching sessions. (For a 13 week semester this is, on average, 10 hr/wk.) This is the amount of study time that the 'typical' student will need to reach the level of competence and understanding required to fulfil the unit objectives. You are expected to:
You are encouraged to read the university's Code of Conduct for Teaching and Learning. Part A describes the 'Responsibility of the University to Students' and part B describes the 'Responsibilities of Students to the University'. http://www.utas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/214661/code_conduct-teaching-and-learning1.pdf
It is expected that students will familiarise themselves with access and use of the MyLO system operated by the University for the electronic delivery of course materials, and for various forms of communication.
It is expected that students will consult email sent to their University email address at least twice a week for notices relating to the administration of the unit, and for notification of the results of assignments.
It is expected that students will read the background material specified in the course curriculum, will actively attend and participate in tutorials, and be prepared to discuss relevant issues arising with tutors, lecturers and fellow students.
Students enrolled in this Unit may reasonably expect the following:
Unless specifically stated in the specification of the assessment item provided on the unit website, it is required that:
While students are encouraged to discuss the assignments in this unit and to engage in active learning from each other, it is important that they are also aware of the University's policy on plagiarism. Plagiarism is taking and using someone else's thoughts, writings or inventions and representing them as your own; for example downloading an essay wholly or in part from the internet, copying another student's work or using an author's words or ideas without citing the source.
"Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking and using someone else's thoughts, writings or inventions and representing them as your own; for example, using an author's words without putting them in quotation marks and citing the source, using an author's ideas without proper acknowledgment and citation, copying another student's work.
If you have any doubts about how to refer to the work of others in your assignments, please consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines, and the academic integrity resources on the web at http://www.academicintegrity.utas.edu.au.
The intentional copying of someone else's work as one's own is a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range from a fine or deduction/cancellation of marks and, in the most serious of cases, to exclusion from a unit, a course or the University. Details of penalties that can be imposed are available in the Ordinance of Student Discipline - Part 3 Academic Misconduct, see http://www.utas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/23991/ord91.pdf.
The University and any persons authorised by the University may submit your assessable works to a plagiarism checking service, to obtain a report on possible instances of plagiarism. Assessable works may also be included in a reference database. It is a condition of this arrangement that the original author's permission is required before a work within the database can be viewed."
It is important that you understand this statement on plagiarism. Should you require clarification please see your unit coordinator or lecturer. Useful resources on academic integrity, including what it is and how to maintain it, are also available at: http://www.academicintegrity.utas.edu.au
The preferred text referencing systems for the School is the Harvard system (also referred to as the author-date system). In your written work you will need to support your ideas by referring to scholarly literature, works of art and/or inventions. For information on presentation of assignments, including referencing styles: http://utas.libguides.com/referencing
It is important that you understand how to correctly refer to the work of others and maintain academic integrity. Failure to appropriately acknowledge the ideas of others constitutes academic dishonesty (plagiarism), a matter considered by the University of Tasmania as a serious offence. The university document on plagiarism contains information about referencing the work or ideas of others (see http://www.utas.edu.au/plagiarism/).
The details of the submission method (paper, electronic or other) for each assignment will be supplied in a separate assignment specification sheet. All in-semester assignment submissions (including electronic submissions) are to include an Assignment Cover Sheet which includes a statement confirming that the submission is your own work. The Assignment Cover Sheet is available from the School Help Desk in Launceston and Hobart, and on the School's web site: http://www.utas.edu.au/computing-information-systems/resources.
Students must take responsibility for the correct submission of their assignments. Students are expected to adhere to the following procedure for submission:
Assessment items will not be accepted after the due date except under the conditions stated in the School policy on late assessment. http://www.utas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/231960/ExtensionPolicy.pdf (PDF - 100KB).
It is expected that students will adhere to the following policy for making any complaint or grievance directly related to a Unit:
The formal examination is conducted by the University Registrar. The 'Current Students' section on the university website contains information about the conduct of, and timetable for, formal examinations.
In order to comply with the benchmarks set by the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology for distribution of grades in units, both the in-semester and examination marks that students obtain may be adjusted either upwards or downwards. See http://fcms.its.utas.edu.au/scieng/scieng/policies.asp for details of the Faculty Assessment Guidelines.
Authorised by the Head of School, Computing & Information Systems
4 May, 2012