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FIT1051: Programming fundamentals in java

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate – Unit

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


Information Technology



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)

South Africa

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Summer semester A 2018 (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.


Examination (2 hours, 30 minutes reading and noting time): 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.

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Stephen Huxford

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Business information systems
Computer networks and security
IT for business
Mobile apps development
Software development
Software engineering
Web development

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