Unit 20: Advanced Programming

Unit code                            Y/615/1651

Unit level                            QCF Level 5/ NFQ Level 6/7

Credit value                       15


Features of programming languages that are considered advanc ed are used to develop software that is efficient; it can affect the performanc e of an application as well as the readability and extensibility of the code, improving productivity and therefore reducing cost. Many commercial applications available today, whether for productivity or entertainment, will have used one or more design pattern in their development. A design pattern is a description of how to solve a problem that can be used in many different situations and can help deepen the understanding of object-orientated programming  and help improve software design and reusability.

The aim of this unit is to familiarise students with these features and their best practices to ensure that their code is in line with industry standards.

Among the topics included in this unit are: object-orientated programming; polymorphism, encapsulation, class aggregation/association, constructors/destructors, inheritance, abstract classes, interfaces, containers, generics, introduction to design patterns and Unified Modelling  Language (UML).

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to write code in an object-orientated fashion using design patterns where necessary and be able to model their code structure in UML  class diagrams.  As a result they will develop skills such as communic ation literacy, critical thinking, analysis, reasoning and interpretation, which are crucial for gaining employme nt and developing academic competence.


Learning  Outcomes

By  the end of this unit students will be able to:

LO1.     Examine the key components related to the object-orientated programming paradigm,  analysing design pattern types.

LO2.     Design a series of UML class diagrams.

LO3.     Implement code applying design patterns.

LO4     Investigate scenarios with respect to design patterns.