Faculty of Information Technology

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedGippsland First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Dengsheng Zhang


FIT5151 will aim at capitalising on what students have learned in FIT9017 Foundations of programming (or equivalent). The unit covers more in-depth material to enable students to build business applications that follow good Software Engineering principles of maintainability, reusability and expandability. The emphasis will be on helping students acquire solid object-oriented programming knowledge and skills for building business applications. Popular object-oriented design patterns will be introduced whenever appropriate to illustrate effective design process in building larger systems.


On successful completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • design and implement well-run, well-tested and well-documented object-oriented software by following the solid software engineering principles of maintainability, reusability and expandability;
  • explain and apply a variety of popular object-oriented design patterns within the greater context of an application as a whole;
  • identify and analyse business-related problems and develop object-oriented solutions to these problems;
  • evaluate the successfulness of an object-oriented solution through the use of thorough software testing strategies;
  • demonstrate the communication skills needed to explain the overall design and technical aspects of a completed object-oriented solution in both a face-to-face manner and through well documented source code.


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

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Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory

(b.) 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.

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.


FIT5131 or FIT9017 or equivalent

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