We need the coding please! This is our first project and we need a jump start as time is low
That's not really what this forum is for. It's for helping people with particular problems with their code, not providing code for them. See this post: (sticky) http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,97455.0.html
In particular, items 6 and 10.
That being said, the Arduino already provides a fairly comprehensive set of example sketches showing basic functionality of nearly all it's features. Spend a few minutes looking through them, and you'll likely find a lot of what you're looking for.