FIT2034 - Computer programming 2 - 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)

Dr Sheelagh Walton

Unit guides


South Africa

  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


FIT1040 or FIT1002 or FIT1051


CPE1004, CSE1203, CSE2305, GCO1812, FIT1007


The emphasis in this unit is on the application of fundamental programming concepts using an object-oriented programming language. It also introduces more advanced object-oriented programming topics such as inheritance and polymorphism. It gives students a deeper understanding of programming and gives more practical skills in designing, building and testing larger computer programs, including ones having graphical user interfaces, and utilising file I/O.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. implement basic programming concepts through designing and constructing simple programs using Java as the implementation language;
  2. explain object-oriented concepts such as inheritance, polymorphism, and abstract classes and interfaces and interpret how they are implemented in Java;
  3. apply the object-oriented design principles to a multiple-class object-oriented program;
  4. construct Java programs that include graphical user interface with event handling, collection classes, exception handling and files for persistent data storage;
  5. identify a range of modern tools to support the process of programming complex software systems.


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 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Examination (2 hours and 10 minutes): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours of lectures
    • One 2-hour laboratory
  2. Study schedule for off-campus students:
    • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.
  3. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

See also Unit timetable information