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INTR7021 - Interface Programming

Title:Interface Programming
Long Title:Interface Programming
Module Code:INTR7021
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Interdisciplinary Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2020/21 ( September 2020 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARTIN HILL
Module Author: DONAL O DONOVAN
Module Description: This module presents the practical computer programming skills and techniques necessary to develop small-scale, PC-based windows applications. Emphasis is placed on addressing development issues typically encountered in the engineering/ICT sectors.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Develop Windows-based programs using the Visual Studio programming environment.
LO2 Analyse a typical engineering problem and select suitable data structures/containers to implement a solution.
LO3 Implement appropriate sorting and searching algorithms for dealing with common engineering problems.
LO4 Retrieve, store, manipulate and display information in a form suitable for engineering applications.
LO5 Combine the concepts learned to select and construct the information data structures/containers necessary, and develop an appropriate graphical user interface, to fulfill the requirements of a typical engineering-based application.
LO6 Understand the professional and ethical responsibilities that should be applied during software development and subsequent life cycle
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

A foundation course in the C, or equivalent, programming language

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Data type overview / manipulation
Standard data types overview, data type parsing, single and multi-dimensional arrays.
Linear/non-linear containers:
Array, List, Bit-array, Stack, Queue, Hashtable, Dictionary, etc.
Storage/retrieval and display of data
File access and various graphical chart formats.
User–defined data type
Introduction to object-oriented structure and class implementations.
Introduction to sorting and search algorithms
Sequential and Binary search. Sequential, Insertion and Bubble sort algorithms.
User interface design
Common user interface components: Textbox, listbox, buttons, checkbox, tabs, timer, menu, etc.
Hardware interfacing
Software/hardware overview and use of the USB protocol.
Software Ethics/Standards
Overview of ethical standards, such as NSPE and the ACM/IEEE-CS, and the standards associated with safety-critical systems e.g. IEC 61508, IEC 62304 and ISO 26262.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous assessment exercises: Three Exercise sets: (1) Manipulation of fundamental data types (2) system-defined data structures usage and manipulation (3) Linear collection use - 10 % each 1,2,4 25.0 Week 6
Short Answer Questions Assessment of class material to date 1,2,3,4 30.0 Week 10
Written Report A written report on the the implications of the lack/absence of appropriate professional and ethical standards for a hypothetical software development / use-case scenario. 6 10.0 Week 12
Project Embedded system design/implementation 1,2,3,4,5,6 35.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab Practical delivery of class material 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Laboratory exercises / project work 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Review of course material and the development of solutions to practical exercises. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab Theory and laboratory 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Review of course material and the development of solutions to practical exercises. 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Liam Damien 2019, C#: An Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to C#, 1st Ed., Independently published [ISBN: 978-17123602]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • John Allwork 2010, Visual Studio C# 2010 Programming & Pc Interfacing, 1st Ed., Elektor International Media [ISBN: 978-0905705958]
  • Michael McMillan 2007, Data structures and algorithms using C#, 1st Ed., Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 9780521670159]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EELXE_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering 6 Mandatory

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