Module Code: H06IP
Long Title Introduction to Programming
Title Introduction to Programming
Module Level: LEVEL 6
EQF Level: 5
EHEA Level: Short Cycle
Credits: 5
Module Coordinator: FRANCES SHERIDAN
Module Author: Lisa Murphy
Departments: School of Computing
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff  
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Explain the concepts and principles of programming
LO2 Implement the core syntax and semantics of the Java programming language
LO3 Identify and use good principles of algorithm design
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Entry requirements  

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Programming Languages
•Introduction to Programming. •Levels of Programming Languages. •Introduction to the Object Oriented Programming Languages. •Programming Environment. •Problem solving approaches. •Emergent technologies/languages.
Object Oriented Programming Basics
•Object Declaration. •Object Creation. •Message Sending. • Program Components Comments. • Import Statement. •Class Declaration. •Method Declaration. •Input/Output.
Numerical Data
•Variables. •Arithmetic Expressions. •Logical Operators. •Constants.
Defining Instantiable Classes
•Defining Instantiable Classes. •Instantiable Classes and Constructors. •Local variables. •Return Values. •Parameter Passing. •Visibility Modifiers: public and private Multiple Constructors.
Selection Statements
•The if Statement. •Boolean Expressions and Variables Nested - if Statements. •The Switch Statement.
Repetition Statements
•Characters Strings. •Primitive versus Reference Types. •String Buffer. •Passing Objects as Parameters. •Returning Objects from Methods.
Characters and Strings
Characters Strings Primitive versus Reference Types String Buffer Passing Objects As Parameters Returning Objects from Methods
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Assessment50.00%


Full Time

Assessment Type: Mid Semester Examination % of total: 10
Assessment Date: n/a Outcome addressed: 2
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
In class practical exam. An example of assessment might be a class which calculates a user’s Body Mass Index
Assessment Type: Practical (0260) % of total: 40
Assessment Date: n/a Outcome addressed: 1,2,3
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
On Going Labwork. Typical laboratory work may include a Temperature Conversion application
End of Module Assessment
Assessment Type: Terminal Exam % of total: 50
Assessment Date: End-of-Semester Outcome addressed: 1,2,3
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
End-of-Semester Final Examination
No Workplace Assessment
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

NCIRL reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2 Every Week 2.00
Lab No Description 2 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning No Description 6.5 Once per semester 0.54
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning No Description 121 Once per semester 10.08
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Deitel & Deitel. (2014), How to Program in Java, 10th. Prentice Hall.
  • Schildt Herbert. (2014), Java: A Beginner's Guide, 6. McGraw-Hill Osborne, [ISBN: 978-007180925].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Walter Savich. (2014), Java: An Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming, 7th. Addison-Wesley.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
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