Programming in C# console application

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Major Assignment


This assignment will provide practice and experience in:

·         Writing a program – Topic 2

·         Debugging– Topic 3

·         Stepwise Refinement& Modularisation – Topic 4 and Topic 10

·         Selection – Topic 5

·         Iteration – Topic 6

·         Arrays – Topic 7

·         File handling – Topic 9

·         Structs – Topic 11

NB Depending on when you start this assignment you may need to read ahead especially on how to use files andstructs.


Read the assignment specifications carefully first.Write the first version of your program in Week 4 and then create new versions as you learn new topics. Do NOT leave it until Week 11 to start writing the program. Review Topic 4 on stepwise refinement. This is how you should approach the major. Also note that though your program must do something and must compile it does not have to be complete to earn marks.


One of the many tasks that programmers get asked to do is to convert data from one form to another. Frequently data is presented to users in well-labelled, tabular form for easy reading. However, it is impossible or very difficult to do further processing of the data unless it is changed into a more useful form.

For the purposes of this assignment I have downloaded and will make available the undergraduate applications to the 37 Australian universities from the Department of Education for 2009 – 2013 data file as a text file.

Your program will load this data into an array of structs, save the data in a form that is directly usable by a database (see below), display the data on the console in its original form and in its database form. It will also allow the user to display the highest number of applications for a given state and year.

Your program will use a menu to allow the user to choose what task is to be done. You will only be required to handle the Applications data. You can ignore the Offers and Offers rates data (see below).


See “undergraduateapplicationsoffersandacceptances2013appendices.txt” for the original data.

This is the data your program should produce and save:


New South Wales    Charles Sturt University     4265       4298       4287       4668       4614      

New South Wales    Macquarie University         6255       6880       7294       7632       7625      

New South Wales    Southern Cross University 2432       2742       2573       2666       2442      

New South Wales    The University of New England        1601       1531       1504       1632       1690      

New South Wales    The University of New South Wales                10572    10865    11077    11008    11424   

New South Wales    The University of Newcastle             9364       9651       9876       10300    10571   

New South Wales    The University of Sydney  13963    14631    14271    14486    15058   

New South Wales    “University of Technology, Sydney”               10155    9906       9854       10621    9614      

New South Wales    University of Western Sydney          11251    11776    11713    11947    13158   

New South Wales    University of Wollongong  3645       3685       3843       3801       3608      

Victoria     Deakin University                10780    12301    11223    11443    11288   

Victoria     La Trobe University            7350       8377       8971       8987       9019      

Victoria     Monash University              13346    15148    15119    14128    14786   

Victoria     RMIT University 12830    13232    13444    13556    12472   

Victoria     Swinburne University of Technology              3091       3314       3494       3288       3099      

Victoria     The University of Melbourne            10035    8995       9242       10854    11315   

Victoria     University of Ballarat         1609       1718       1697       1531       1334      

Victoria     Victoria University              5334       5427       4708       4789       4475      

Queensland              Central Queensland University         2970       3114       3016       3808       3931      

Queensland              Griffith University               10513    11828    12137    11342    11003   

Queensland              James Cook University      4852       5675       5371       5882       5899      

Queensland              Queensland University of Technology            12062    13806    13446    13538    14255   

Queensland              The University of Queensland          12939    14169    14359    14469    14778   

Queensland              University of Southern Queensland 3754       4378       3730       3219       2508      

Queensland              University of the Sunshine Coast     2238       2569       2466       2594       2656      

Western Australia    Curtin University of Technology      5814       6993       7015       7013       7484      

Western Australia    Edith Cowan University     3769       4343       3481       3407       3257      

Western Australia    Murdoch University            2706       2837       2893       3102       2834      

Western Australia    The University of Western Australia                6361       6661       7143       5782       5366      

South Australia        Flinders University of South Australia             4558       5133       5442       5639       5823      

South Australia        The University of Adelaide                7613       7348       7971       8510       8969      

South Australia        University of South Australia            8960       9419       8950       9651       9504      

Northern Territory   Charles Darwin University 2148       2335       2403       2625       2769      

Tasmania University of Tasmania     9251       9692       10521    11722    12482   

Australian Capital Territory  The Australian National University 3541       3326       3329       3379       3263      

Australian Capital Territory  University of Canberra       1917       1905       2166       2088       2050      

Multi-State               Australian Catholic University          5893       6988       7181       8060       8974

Suggested Approach (Save a new version after each step)

I have put in brackets my assessment of the relative difficulty of each task. I found a hard task took more effort than a medium task which in turn took more effort than an ‘easy’ task.

1)      (easy) Write a method to display instructions to the user

2)      (easy) Write the code to display a menu and test it

3)      (easy) Write the code to display the contents of the data file line by line

4)      (easy) Write the code to save the contents of the data file to a new file

5)      (medium) Write the code to copy the file data into a simple array of structs where the structure is something like:
struct data  string line;
and the array is
data[] myData = new data[100];

6)      (easy) Write the code to deal with the unnecessary data at the start

7)      (medium) Write the code to deal with the unnecessary data at the end

8)      (hard) Write the code to modify the code to convert the original data into database format. You do not have to follow the exact structure given above, e.g. you could use commas instead of tabs

a.       You may want to divide this into two problems. First treat the numbers as a string, i.e.
New South Wales, Charles Sturt University,”3,769″
and when you have that working then work out how to convert “3,769” into 3769 etc

9)      (easy) Modify the struct to handle the modified data

10)   (easy) Modify the file save code so that is saves the modified data

11)   (medium) Write the code to find the highest number of applications in a year for a state


NB you can simulate any step in order to gain marks. For instance if you cannot modify the data into database format you could have a separate file with the sample data abaove and use that data to show that you can find the highest value in an array of structs.


You must zip (zip not rar, arg, hqx, 7z or any other format) your entire project, include the marking sheet with the Assignment Cover Sheet section completed and upload the one submission.


Failure to follow these instructions will delay marking and you may be asked to resubmit the assignment correctly.

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