COMPX241-20A (HAM)

Software Engineering Development

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Computer Science

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Paper Description

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An introduction to abstract data types and dynamic data structures, with an introduction to the theory and practice of testing. Broader software engineering practices will be developed through a group project. This paper assumes familiarity with basic object-oriented programming as introduced within COMPX101 and COMPX102 (COMP103 and COMP104 prior to 2017), and introduces programming with data structures using Java and the use of testing as a key concept in software development. Students learn how to program in Java and become familiar with the design, analysis, and application of commonly used data structures, including sets, lists, stacks, queues, trees, and hash-tables.

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Paper Structure

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Course material is presented through three lectures each week, and an additional tutorial session is available once a week for students to get extra help. There is also a weekly class meeting for group project idea development (in the first instance) transitioning to teams providing weekly updates to the rest of the class later in the course, once the projects have been launched.

Assessment is through: two programming assignments; two tests; and a presentation, as well as an individual and team report on the group project. The tests are administered in-class; the first at roughly mid-trimester and the second in place of the last lecture of the trimester. The project presentations occur in study week.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Data-Structures
    At the end of this course, the successful student will have learned how to implement basic dynamic data structures. They will specifically have a practical understanding of sets, lists, trees, and hashtables; as well as other common stat structures. This includes the ability to implement them, use them to solve problems, and understand issues pertaining to their computational complexity (e.g. time and space characteristics).
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  • Testing
    At the end of this paper a student should be able to write unit tests to be administered by JUnit.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment

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Assessment items are as follows:

  • 2 Assignments
  • 2 Tests
  • 1 Group Project

With the shared paper content between COMPX 241 and COMPX 201, there will in fact be four assignments run during the semester. A COMPX 241 student only needs to complete two of these, as the remaining internal assessment comes from the Group Project (exclusive to COMPX 241) and the two tests (again shared). In the situation where a COMPX 241 student complete more than 2 assignments (something that is encouraged to increase your learning), then the highest two scores will be used for this part of their internal assessment. Assessment of the Group Project is through an individual report, a group report, and a group presentation.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1
12
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 2
12
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Test 1
23
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Test 2
23
  • In Class: In Lecture
5. Group Project: Presentation
5
  • Presentation: In Class
6. Group Project: Individual Report
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Group Project: Team Report
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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No required reading, but students are encouraged to seek supporting material as per the recommended reading given below.
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Recommended Readings

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Just about any textbook or online resource covering data structures using Java will be helpful.

The following textbook was previously required for this course, and is now highly recommended:

Data Structures & Problem Solving Using Java (4th Ed.), Mark Allen Weiss, Pearson Education (Addison-Wesley) 2010.

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Online Support

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The course Moodle page will provide supporting information.
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Workload

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This is a fifteen point course, and the expected workload for the semester is 150 hours accordingly. The lion's share of this will be through working on the assignments and the group project.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: COMP104 or COMPX102

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: COMP203, COMPX201 and COMP241

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