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Parent Programme
Bachelor of Science in Computing (Level 7 NFQ)
NFQ Level & Reference
Level 6 / Ref: M1.10
12 Weeks X 3 Hours per week
Programming Essentials 2
Year 2
Module Credit Units

Programming Essentials 2


This Programming Essentials 2 course will build on what is learnt previously in programming essentials 1.  The learner will learn how to develop solutions to problems that make use of object-oriented techniques, collections, file handling and exception handling.

This module introduces the learner to programming and develops fundamental skills such as writing, editing, compiling and executing computer code and constructing algorithms to solve problems and produce working computing artefacts in a variety of computer programming languages. The learners will also develop their algorithmic thinking and programming logic skills.

Indicative syllabus Content

Programming Essentials 2

Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) in Python

  • Principles of OOP
  • Implementation of classes and objects
  • Design patterns and their application in Python
  • Troubleshooting common OOP-related errors

 Utilize External Libraries and Modules 

  • Definition and purpose of external libraries and modules in Python
  • Importance of leveraging existing libraries to enhance development
  • Identifying and selecting relevant libraries and modules for specific programming tasks
  • Exploring popular libraries and modules in various domains

File Handling and Exception Handling:

  • Reading from and writing to files in Python
  • Handling different file formats (text, CSV, JSON)
  • Types of exceptions and exception handling mechanisms
  • Implementation of exception handling in Python programs
  • Debugging sessions focusing on file and exception-related issues

Web Development and Automation:

  • Basics of web development
  • Introduction to automation scripts using Python
  • Real-world examples and case studies of Python in action
  • Basic use of Version Control System such as Git
  • Debugging complex code scenarios in web development and automation

Minimum Intended Learning Outcomes (MIMLOs)

Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
Apply Object-Oriented Programming principles to create modular and reusable code.uate the capabilities of a range of mobile devices and operating systems.
Evaluate and integrate external libraries to enhance the programming language.
Read from and write to files, handling various file formats, and manage file operations securely.
Use algorithms and data structures for advanced problem-solving.
Apply best practices for testing, debugging, project documentation and code organization.


1, 2, 3, 4, 5
CA 1- Coding project(s) and Examination
Total Assessments 100%

Reassessment Opportunity

Where the combined marks of the assessment and examination do not reach the pass mark the learner will be required to repeat the element of assessment that they failed. Reassessment materials will be published on Moodle after the Examination Board Meeting and will be aligned to the MIMLOs and learners will be capped at 40% unless there are personal mitigating circumstances.

Aims & Objectives

This  Programming Essentials 2 module will ensure learners meet the following objectives:

  • A deeper understanding of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) principles.
  • Apply OOP concepts to design and implement complex programmes.
  • Introduce file handling and exception handling techniques.
  • Explore libraries and modules for specialized tasks.
  • Understand the importance of the design, documentation, testing and debugging phases of producing a computing artefact