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COMP1721 Object Oriented Programming

10 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Nick Efford

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Object oriented programming is an industry standard programming technique and is a vital skill for employability. This module builds on earlier programming modules and focuses on the concept of object orientation. In order to develop in object oriented programming languages it is essential to understand the fundamental differences between object orientation and procedural programming and how the design process differs between the two programming paradigms. This module introduced the techniques and tools for designing, implementing, testing and debugging object oriented programs.


This module provides the fundamental knowledge for developing in an object oriented manner and develops transferable abstract modelling and problem solving techniques.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module a student will have demonstrated the ability to:

- compare and contrast object oriented programming to other programming paradigms.
- design and implement object oriented programs that demonstrate appropriate use of object oriented design principles.
- select and use appropriate data structures for a given problem.
- select and use appropriate tools for developing object oriented programs.

Skills outcomes


This module covers the following 4 topic areas:

- Object oriented programming philosophy : reasons for adopting object orientation, comparison with other programming paradigms, inheritance and polymorphism.
- Object oriented programming constructs :- classes, objects, interfaces, abstract classes, class hierarchies and sub-typing.
- Object oriented design principles : encapsulation, information hiding, single responsibility principle and Liskov's Substitution principle
- Data structures in object oriented programming : understand the application of stacks, queues, linked lists and maps and when to use static and dynamic data structures.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours70.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

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Coursework assignments

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

This module is re-assessed by coursework.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

This module is re-assessed by coursework.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/04/2017


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