INTRO TO MODULE
Michael Heron
Introduction
• Welcome to AC21002.
• It’s about C++ and Object Orientation
• And some other things.
• The focus of the mod...
Module Structure
• Every Week for the first seven weeks.
• Three formal lectures.
• One lab-prep lecture
• One tutorial
• ...
Module Assessment
• Assessment consists of:
• 5 Lab Exercises (worth 8% each)
• These will be two week exercises
• Final e...
Course Plan
Week Rough Content (subject to change)
1 Introduction to module and C++
2 Object Orientation Principles
3 Over...
Tools of the Trade
• We will be using the Visual Studio package for this
module.
• This is available through the MSDNAA if...
Lectures
• There is a lot of theory to this module.
• And a good deal of practise too.
• I can’t emphasize enough how impo...
Object Orientation: Disclaimer
• You will read many programming books that claim some
variation of the following:
• ‘Objec...
Object Orientation: Disclaimer
• This problem is exacerbated by the necessities of
teaching.
• The concepts we discuss are...
Coursework
• The coursework exercises all offer a substantial degree of
freedom.
• You are given relatively open briefs.
•...
Coursework
• However, the work that you submit for the module should
be your own work.
• Discussing problems and solutions...
Plagiarism
• To a degree, all programming is plagiarism.
• Reusability is one of the things programmers strive for.
• The ...
Plagiarism
• The labs and the tutorials are there to reinforce your
understanding of the theoretical content.
• We have to...
The Examination
• The examinations take place in December.
• The exam paper has four questions, and there is no choice
giv...
The Examination
• The key for the examination is understanding.
• We are not looking for recall, we are looking for genuin...
Marking
• This module uses the university’s standard marking
scheme.
• However, there is an informal guideline you can use...
Marking Guidelines
Degree Class Criteria
Fail No submission, or a submission that fails to meet the
requirements of the co...
Further Understanding
• Meeting the full requirements of the brief will not be enough to
attain the highest grades in this...
Summary
• This is your module.
• I hope you find it interesting!
• It’s about C++ and Object Orientation.
• It can be heav...
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  1. 1. INTRO TO MODULE Michael Heron
  2. 2. Introduction • Welcome to AC21002. • It’s about C++ and Object Orientation • And some other things. • The focus of the module is on object oriented design and implementation. • C++ is a delivery language, but much of what you will be learning about is transferable. • We will be talking about the transferability of concepts as part of the module content.
  3. 3. Module Structure • Every Week for the first seven weeks. • Three formal lectures. • One lab-prep lecture • One tutorial • Programming with pen and paper • You’ll love it! • Two(ish) hours of lab time. • Lab is booked for a four hour slot. • I am your tour guide for the first seven weeks. • Someone else takes over after that.
  4. 4. Module Assessment • Assessment consists of: • 5 Lab Exercises (worth 8% each) • These will be two week exercises • Final exam (60%) • You get an opportunity to resit the examination. • You do not get a chance to resit the coursework. • Keep up with the coursework!
  5. 5. Course Plan Week Rough Content (subject to change) 1 Introduction to module and C++ 2 Object Orientation Principles 3 Overloading 4 The Pillars of Object Orientation 5 Abstraction and Templates 6 Additional C++ Syntax 7 Data Structures and Algorithm Design
  6. 6. Tools of the Trade • We will be using the Visual Studio package for this module. • This is available through the MSDNAA if you need it at home. • We are primarily working with console based applications. • Text only • Main GUI Programming course next year.
  7. 7. Lectures • There is a lot of theory to this module. • And a good deal of practise too. • I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that you attend regularly. • There is a direct correlation between attendance and pass rates in programming modules. • Lecture slides will be available online. • But lectures will cover things not on the slides. • Because I tend to ramble…
  8. 8. Object Orientation: Disclaimer • You will read many programming books that claim some variation of the following: • ‘Object Orientation is an easy programming technique to learn because it matches the way people think’ • It is my experience that this is hokum. • Object orientation is to my mind a rather difficult way of putting together computer programs. • However, the benefit is that it is also perhaps the most effective way yet discovered.
  9. 9. Object Orientation: Disclaimer • This problem is exacerbated by the necessities of teaching. • The concepts we discuss are really best suited to large and complex programs. • We never really give you large and complex programs to code. • There are reasons for this, but for a big part of this module you’re just going to have to trust us in that this stuff is all important.
  10. 10. Coursework • The coursework exercises all offer a substantial degree of freedom. • You are given relatively open briefs. • One of the resources you have available to you as a developer is your peer group. • That means in this context, your fellow students. • You should make good use of them where you can.
  11. 11. Coursework • However, the work that you submit for the module should be your own work. • Discussing problems and solutions with others is fine and dandy • Using source code from other people is not. • In all cases, if you are making use of code that was derived from that of a fellow student, or from the internet, or a book, then you should comment it as so. • Citing your sources is good practise generally, but in this module in particular it will inoculate you against the risks of plagiarism.
  12. 12. Plagiarism • To a degree, all programming is plagiarism. • Reusability is one of the things programmers strive for. • The University of Dundee however treats plagiarism as a serious offence. • At a minimum, you get zero marks for a lab exercise. • At a maximum, you can be expelled from the university.
  13. 13. Plagiarism • The labs and the tutorials are there to reinforce your understanding of the theoretical content. • We have to strike a balance between the realities of programming and the requirements of the university. • Submit your own work • Cite any code that is not your own work. • If in doubt, ask!
  14. 14. The Examination • The examinations take place in December. • The exam paper has four questions, and there is no choice given in the questions you may answer. • You are not required to memorize large chunks of code. • You are required to be conversant with C++ syntax. • You are required to be conversant with object oriented principles and data structure design.
  15. 15. The Examination • The key for the examination is understanding. • We are not looking for recall, we are looking for genuine understanding of the topics. • Examination questions will stress understanding of implications of concepts. • The tutorials will be used to aid in building this understanding.
  16. 16. Marking • This module uses the university’s standard marking scheme. • However, there is an informal guideline you can use when trying to work out what grade your work will gain you. • This is only a rough measure, varying factors come into play when the submissions are actually being graded.
  17. 17. Marking Guidelines Degree Class Criteria Fail No submission, or a submission that fails to meet the requirements of the coursework brief. Aim higher than this! 3rd The program meets the minimum requirements of the coursework brief. 2:2 The program meets the full requirements of the coursework brief. 2:1 As 2:2, plus: demonstrates good practice and design. 1st As 2:1 plus: shows evidence of additional reading.
  18. 18. Further Understanding • Meeting the full requirements of the brief will not be enough to attain the highest grades in this module. • If you want A marks, you need to incorporate techniques, code or design that has not been covered in the body of the module. • Your submission has to ‘sparkle’ • Don’t ask me ‘What would be a cool thing to add here’ • You’re supposed to be surprising me.
  19. 19. Summary • This is your module. • I hope you find it interesting! • It’s about C++ and Object Orientation. • It can be heavy going, but stick in there. • It’s me for seven weeks. • Someone else for the three after that. • Understanding is important • So make sure you turn up!

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