Programmer's Workbench (210)
ICA99 Information Technology
ICA40699 Certificate IV in Information Technology (Programming)
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The Programmer’s Workbench Toolbox supports the delivery of the Certificate IV in Information Technology (Programming). The Toolbox is a problem-based environment with ten programming Problems that progress in order of complexity. The programming problems are the key drivers for the learning – they are realistic programming scenarios that outline a problem that needs to be resolved. The programming problems are used to access resources that apply to the tasks learners need to complete, helping them to develop a satisfactory resolution to the problem.
Each programming problem is defined by a series of documents that provide a description of a business problem. The problem is documented by way of a client brief, internal company memos, user and program specification documents and development guidelines.
Each problem addresses one or more of the competencies required for the Certificate IV in Information Technology (Programming).
Programming languages addressed by the Toolbox are Visual Basic, Java and C++.
ICAITAD041A Determine client business expectations and needs
ICAITAD051A Develop client user interface
ICAITAD058A Apply skills in object oriented design
ICAITB064A Prepare software development review
ICAITB070A Create code for applications
ICAITB075A Use a library or pre-existing components
ICAITB076A Implement configuration management
ICAITT078A Perform unit test
ICAITT080A Perform specific unit test for Object Oriented Classes
ICAITTW026B Coordinate and maintain work teams
Rework Lead Agent
Holmesglen Training and Development
Original Lead Agent
Swinburne University, TAFE Division
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Download the Teacher's Guide for The Programmer's Workbench (Word - 699 KB).
This Toolbox is a revision (Version 2) of the original. The following is a list of improvements made to this version.
- Technical faults related to: web browser incorrectly displaying images, resizing the browser window, popup inconsistencies, NT4 security, and application errors have been tested and repaired.
- Issues related to broken links have been tested and corrected.
- Issues related to navigation problems and popup windows have been tested and corrected
- Page load errors have been tested and corrected.
- Issues related to inconsistency with pop up browsers have been tested and corrected.
- An issue related to images has been corrected.
- Issues related to misleading instructions have been corrected.
- Microsoft Word and Excel are now included in the 'First time user' system requirements.
- Issues relating to incorrect spelling in the 'Requirements' section has been corrected.
- An issue relating to the use of appropriate background colour has been corrected.
- A navigational tree structure has been implemented as part of the major navigation rebuild.
- Information about the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for visual C++ has been made into a screen with mouse overs, consistent with the IDE for Visual Basic.
- Lengthy screens with multiple headings now have a 'links' menu at the top of the screen to allow learners to see the areas covered on that screen and to jump directly to them. Each section accessed in this way now has a 'Back to top' link at the end of it.
- Link to different screens from within a screen is now only available from the resource library menu. Learners are told where related information can be found with instructions that take them through the menu.
- Learners can move sequentially through any part of the resource using the 'Back' and 'Next' buttons at the top of the resource library menu.
- The resource library menu "remembers" which screen was last accessed if the learner looks back at the problem overview, help, progress meter, etc. and then gives them the option to continue where they left off.
- Key words have been bolded within the text.
- Metadata standards/requirements have been added.
- For clarity, screen backgrounds have been changed to create a plainer look.
- Weblinks have been underlined to make them stand out better, and they change colour once visited.
- Links to sites have been updated and/or replaced with text inviting learners to search for appropriate reference sites on the Internet.
- A 'References' screen has been included. This contains a detailed list of external sites that contain large amounts of useful content.
- Navigation has been extensively modified and more guidance (via scaffolding) has been provided for learners to understand where they are within the resource.
- To assist learners with jargon and technical terms they may encounter within the Toolbox, the Webopedia website (an online dictionary and search engine for computer and Internet technology definitions) has been listed in the 'References' screen.
- All segments are now printable.
- The Toolbox now contains an improved Guided Tour.
- Suggested websites that provide guidelines for searching the Internet, have been added to the Learner's Guide.
- A link to the Learner's Guide has been placed on the Home screen.
- A 'read me first' text document in the root directory of the resource directs users to the Installation instructions, which are located in the 'guides' subdirectory.
- The new Toolbox can now run from a CD-ROM.
- If Toolbox has not been configured, explanation screens now pop up if the learner tries to access email and the discussion link directly from the CD-ROM.
- The Toolbox rework has maintained the original integrity of the resource contents and intent, but has made it more intuitive to navigate.