Core Module Information
Module title: Software Development 1

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SET07102
Module leader: John Owens
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Computer Science


Description of module content:

This is an introduction to computer programming. Students will write, test and debug programs. We are concerned with the essential programming constructs: if, while, for; we are concerned with the use of objects, methods, parameters.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Design, develop and test computer programs.

LO2: Identify the concepts of object oriented programming.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: John Owens
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
A "hands on" approach is taken. Students start writing and testing programs from the start. As a first course in programming it is important for students to become familiar with the habits of programming and to become familiar and confident with the code-test-re-code cycle. In this, the first programming, course students are expected to write code that is effective but is not necessarily elegant or especially well crafted. However they are exposed to examples of well-crafted code and should be able to recognise it. In respecting the learning curve we expect students to become confident at a relatively small range of tasks. This reinforces their familiarity with the basic structure of the language so that use of the syntactic elements (commas, brackets, brace, semi colons and so forth) become second nature and they do not even have to think about it. Only when students have acquired this basic sense of the language are they permitted to move on to more challenging programming problems that require them to develop their own algorithms and think more creatively about programming.

Formative Assessment:
An interactive, web based teaching system is used in the early part of the course ( This environment provides instant feedback not only at compile time (this is true of any programming environment) but also at run time (this is peculiar to the progzoo system). The system executes the student’s code and the model answer so that the outputs can be compared. The student is informed if their code is correct.

Summative Assessment:
To be completed

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 36
Online Guided independent study 70
Independent Learning Guided independent study 70
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 25 1,2 6 HOURS= 10, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 60 1,2 13 HOURS= 40, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 15 1,2 14 HOURS= 20, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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