DPS916 Course Outline

Course Code: DPS916
Course Name: Visual Basic
Offered Date: Winter - 2018 | Other versions
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Course Description:
Visual Basic (VB), introduced by Microsoft in 1991, changed the way Windows applications were developed on the personal computer. VB was the first of the Rapid Application Development tools, and continues to evolve with each release of the .NET Framework. This subject teaches how VB can be used to create desktop applications and data-driven web sites that use Microsoft and various Open Source libraries. VB is used to create reusable unit-tested object-oriented libraries that integrate with C# code, and to make consistent, high quality, user friendly interfaces.

Students will also perform inquiry and research into how VB is useful in implementing the latest web-based and other business trends, and in integrating with other tools, products, and methodologies within the Microsoft technology stack.
Credit Status: 1 credit in the BSD program.
Prerequisite: BTP300 and BTI420
Mode of Instruction: 2 hours interactive lecture per week.
2 hours lab time per week.
Learning Outcomes:
Topic Outline:
Course Introduction: The .NET Framework and Programming Platform - 5%

    Course Overview
    Introduction to .NET
    Using Visual Basic to implement modern programming paradigms
    Using Visual Studio's tools for effective use of Visual Basic

Visual Basic.NET Language - 15%

    Syntax and Expressions, Control and Repetition Structures, Operators
    Comparison with C#. Calling C# code from VB

Object Oriented Programming with VB.NET - 20%

    Review of Polymorphism, Inheritance, and Interfaces
    Implement Inheritance in .NET
    Design and Recognize Class Hierarchies
    Use and Implement .NET Interfaces
    Abstract, Concrete, and Sealed Classes
    Override, Overload, and Shadow Methods
    Delegates and Events

Using .NET Framework  - 20%

    Collections and Generics
    File Handling IO for plain text and JSON
    Read and write data to local and (optionally) remote instances of SQL Server
    Data Access using Language Integrated Query (LINQ)

Understanding how Visual Basic implements modern programming practices - 15%

    Create and make use of object libraries
    Test Driven Development
    Design by Contract
    Understand and use Microsoft User Experience Interaction Guidelines
    Understand and implement Model View Controller (MVC) architecture pattern

Build desktop applications and websites using MVC - 25%

    Bascis of Model-View-Controller architecture pattern
    MVC applied to desktop applications and websites
    Object-Relational Mapping with Visual Studio's Entity-Data Model tools
    Use MVC to communicate with user created DLLs
    Handle basic CRUD (create, read, update and delete) operations
    Import and export data to and from databases
Prescribed Text(s):
  • None
Reference Material:
  • Professional ASP.NET MVC 4 by Galloway & Haack; ISBN 978-1-118-34846-8 published by Wrox
  • None
Promotion Policy:
  • Achieve a grade of 55% or better on labs and assignments
  • Achieve a grade of 55% or better on tests and exam
  • Achieve a grade of 55% or better on the final exam
  • Successfully complete at least 60% of all labs.
  • Successfully complete all assignments.
  • Submissions that do not meet specifications will be returned to the student for revision and resubmission.

Grading Policy
A+90%  to  100%
A80%  to  89%
B+75%  to  79%
B70%  to  74%
C+65%  to  69%
C60%  to  64%
D+55%  to  59%
D50%  to  54%
F0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Labs 10%
Test(s) 20%
Assignments 30%
Final Exam 40%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
Cheating and Plagiarism:
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.
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Accomodation for Students with Disabilities
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