FIT1051 - Programming fundamentals in java - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Stephen Huxford

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • October intake 2019 (On-campus)

South Africa

  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Summer semester A 2019 (On-campus)




This unit will provide students with an overview of the fundamental knowledge and skills required to code applications. The topics covered will include: the context of programming in an industrial SDLC, dealing with code 'plumbing', data, using API library classes, common business logic patterns and their implementation using control structures, methods and modularity, value and reference types, coding custom driver and concept classes, class inheritance, interfaces, multi-class applications.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the difference between large scale industrial programming and small scale or scientific programming;
  2. identify common logic patterns in problem descriptions and implement code solutions to these problems using best practice Java coding patterns;
  3. analyse and debug existing Java programs;
  4. describe and use the Java Class Libraries;
  5. code and test multi-class Java applications;
  6. apply good programming practices in accordance with industry standards and professional ethics.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours lectures
    • One hours tutorials
    • Two hours laboratories
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 3 hours of personal study per one hour of lecture time in order to satisfy the reading, tute, prac and assignment expectations.

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