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Academic Handbook BSc (Hons) Applied Digital and Technology Solutions (online)

Object-Oriented Design and Development Course Descriptor

Course Title Object-Oriented Design and Development Faculty EDGE Innovation Unit (London)
Course code NCHNAL6145 Course Leader Dr Yu-Chun Pan
Credit points 15 Teaching Period This course will typically be delivered over a 6-week period.
FHEQ level 6 Date approved September 2022
Core/Optional Core for Software Engineer Specialism

Course Overview

The course introduces and explores the concepts that underpin object-oriented (OO) design and development. It considers the ways in which OO principles bring functional and systematic approaches to computational thinking. This course explores the concepts that inform the use of classes, objects and methods in software design and development. It also explores the use of the core OO principles for system design and testing, such as encapsulation, inheritance, abstraction, coupling, cohesion, polymorphism, unit testing, and Unified Modeling Language (UML).

Course Aims

  • To introduce the principles and conceptual frameworks that underpin object-oriented design and development.
  • To enable learners to structure data according to object-oriented design principles.
  • To train learners to practically implement object-oriented design for real life applications using Python.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

K1c Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles and concepts that underpin object-oriented design.
K2c Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of key features of object-oriented design.
K3c Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the implementation of object-oriented design.

Subject Specific Skills

S1c Apply the principles of object-oriented design to structure data.
S2c Use object-oriented design principles and techniques to solve practical real life programming problems.
S3c Apply appropriate tools to test object-oriented design programming solutions.

Transferable and Employability Skills

T1ci Systematically analyse and structure data.
T1cii Display an advanced level of technical proficiency in written English and competence in applying scholarly terminology, so as to be able to apply skills in critical evaluation, analysis and judgement effectively in a diverse range of contexts.
T2c Apply logical thought and a systematic approach to problem solving.
T3c Use professional terminology and industry standard methodologies.

Teaching and Learning

This is an e-learning course, taught throughout the year.

Teaching and learning strategies for this course will include:

  • Online learning
  • Online discussion groups
  • Online assessment

Course information and supplementary materials will be available on the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Learners are required to attend and participate in all the formal and timetabled sessions for this course. Learners are also expected to manage their self-directed learning and independent study in support of the course.

The course learning and teaching hours will be structured as follows:

  • Learning and teaching (6 days x 8 hours) = 48 hours
  • Independent study = 102 hours

Indicative total learning hours for this course: 150 hours

Assignments (see below) will be completed as part of independent study..



Learners will be formatively assessed during the course by means of set assignments. These will not count towards the final degree but will provide students with developmental feedback.


Assessment will be in two forms:

AE Assessment Type Weighting Online submission Duration Length
1 Set Exercises 60% Yes Requiring on average 20 – 30 hours to complete
2 Written Assignment (workplace case study) 40% Yes   1500 words


Learners will receive formal feedback in a variety of ways: written (via email or VLE correspondence) and indirectly through online discussion groups. Learners will also attend a formal meeting with their Academic Mentor (and for apprentices, including their Line Manager). These bi or tri-partite reviews will monitor and evaluate the learner’s progress. 

Feedback is provided on summative assessed assignments and through generic internal examiners’ reports, both of which are posted on the VLE.

Indicative Reading

Note: Comprehensive and current reading lists for courses are produced annually in the Course Guide or other documentation provided to learners; the indicative reading list provided below is used as part of the approval/modification process only.


  • Booch, G., Maksimchuk, R.A., Engle, M.W., Young, B.J., Conallen, J., Houston, K.A. (2007), Object-Oriented Analysis and Design With Applications, Third Edition: Addison Wesley Professional.
  • Weisfeld, M. (2019), Object-Oriented Thought Process, 5th Edition: Addison Wesley Professional.


Learners are encouraged to read material from relevant journals on Object- Oriented Design and Development as directed by their course leader.

Electronic Resources

Learners are encouraged to consult relevant websites on Object-Oriented Design and Development.

Indicative Topics

Learners will study the following topics:

  • Object-Oriented Design Principles and Methodologies
  • Object-Oriented Development
  • Classes, Objects and Methods
Title: NCHNAL6145 Object-Oriented Design and Development

Approved by: Academic Board

Location: Academic Handbook/Programme specifications and Handbooks/Undergraduate Apprenticeship Programmes/BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions Programme Specification/Course Descriptors

Version number Date approved Date published Owner Proposed next review date Modification (As per AQF4) & category number
1.0 September 2022 February 2023 Dr Yu-Chun Pan September 2027  
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