BN111 - Programming Fundamentals

Credit Points: 15 credit points

Workload: 48 hours

Prerequisite: N/A

Co-requisite: N/A

Aims & Objectives

This is a second trimester core unit out of a total of 24 units in the Bachelor of Networking (BNet) and Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Telecommunications) (BEngTech(Tel)). This unit addresses the BNet and BEngTech(Tel) course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ knowledge and skills in programming. For further course information refer to: and This unit is part of the AQF Level 7 (BNet and BEngTech(Tel)) courses.

This unit introduces students to the fundamental techniques involved in programming using an object-oriented approach. Students are introduced to the basics of object-oriented design and concepts and to object-oriented techniques for reusable components in developing complex software.

Specifically, this unit covers: classes; objects; data encapsulation techniques. This unit also gives students an opportunity to learn different roles and responsibilities for becoming a class user and class designer.

The topics covered in Programming for Networking are:

  • Introduction to classes and objects
  • Data types, Operators
  • Control structures: sequence, repetition and selection
  • Application programming interface (API)
  • Application design and testing

Learning Outcomes

4.1 Course Learning Outcomes
The Course learning outcomes applicable to this unit are listed on the Melbourne Institute of Technology’s website: 
4.2 Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
a. Describe the fundamental principles of object-oriented programming;
b. Interpret a user’s needs while dealing with simple program specifications;
c. Design a simple class using UML notation;
d. Create a simple application based on UML design and the incremental development process of coding, debugging, and testing; 
e. Apply basic control structures – sequence, repetition, and selection – to program development;
f. Produce simple interactive applications.

Weekly Topics

Week # Lecture Topic Laboratory/Tutorial Topics
1 Lecture 1 – Introduction, Data Types Laboratory 1 – Introduction, Assignment 1 released
2 Lecture 2 - Expressions and Operations Laboratory 2 - Python Basics
3 Lecture 3 - Advanced Data Types: Collection Data Types and Operations Laboratory 3 - Data types and Expressions, Assignment 1 Part A demo
4 Lecture 4 - Conditional Execution: If/else, Loops, Nested Loops Laboratory 4 - Advanced Data Types
5 Lecture 5 - Text Processing, Functions Laboratory 5 - for Loops and Nested for Loops
6 Lecture 6 – Files and Debugging Laboratory 6 - Functions
7 Lecture 7 - Classes Laboratory 7 – Nested Functions, Assignment 1 Part B demo, Assignment 2 released
8 Lecture 8 – Objects Oriented Programming, UML Laboratory 8 - Classes
9 Lecture 9 – Classes: Methods, Relationships and Class Diagrams Laboratory 9 - Objects, Strings and Inputs
10 Lecture 10 – Encapsulation, Object Persistence Laboratory 10 - Objects and Methods
11 Lecture 11 – GUI Laboratory 11 – GUI, Assignment 2 demo
12 Unit review. Revision of concepts, sample examination. Review


Assessment Task Due Date A B Learning Outcomes Assessed
Formative Assignment 1 Week 3 (08/04/2022) 5% - a
In-Class Test Week 7 (06/05/2022) - 15% b-c
Assignment 2 Week 11 (03/06/2022) 35% - a-f
Laboratory participation & submission Week 2 – 11 10% - a-f
Final Examination (2 hours) End of trimester - 35% a-f
TOTALS   50% 50%  

Class Participation and Contribution

This unit has class participation and student contribution as an assessment. The assessment task and marking rubric will follow the Guidelines on Assessing Class Participation ( Further details will be provided in the assessment specification on the type of assessment tasks and the marking rubrics.

Presentations (if applicable)

For presentations conducted in class, students are required to wear business attire.


Textbook and Reference Materials


  •      G. S, Veena A, Introduction to Python Programming, CRC Press, 2018.


  •   Eric Matthes, Python Crash Course“., 2nd Edition, No Starch Press, 2019

  • Allen Downey, “Think Python”. 2nd Edition, O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2015

  • Mark Lutz, “Learning Python: Powerful Object-Oriented Programming”. 5th Edition, O'Reilly Media, Inc. 2013.

  • Kenneth A. Lambert, The Fundamentals of Python: First Programs, 2nd ed., Cengage Learning, 2011.


Adopted Reference Style: IEEE

Graduate Attributes

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


Levels of attainment Extent covered
The attribute is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations.
The attribute is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations.
The attribute is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations.
The attribute is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by activities such as lectures or tutorials.
The attribute is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this attribute.