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Unit information: Object Oriented Programming with Java in 2015/16

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Unit name Object Oriented Programming with Java
Unit code COMSM0103
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Tim Kovacs
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This is an MSc-only unit. The objectives are to learn to program in the Java language, to understand how good program design can help you, how to produce it and how to implement it in Java. The Syllabus includes:

Object Oriented Design: objects, classes, abstraction, encapsulation, polymorphism, inheritance, interfaces, coupling, cohesion, code reuse, refactoring, design patterns, design methods, UML, testing.

Programming in Java: characteristics of Java, comparison with other languages, syntax and semantics, how Java implements Object Oriented Design concepts, Java's APIs.

Advanced Subjects: various advanced subjects in programming, and Java's handling of them, will be briefly introduced. Among others these may include script programming, data structures from the Java libraries, Graphical User Interfaces, concurrent programming and networking.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful completion of this unit will enable you to: evaluate program design; produce good Object Oriented designs; implement, test, maintain and refactor small to medium sized applications in Java.

Teaching details

Lectures plus the design, implementation and refactoring of small Java programs. 80 hours are nominally set aside for coursework, private study, etc.

Assessment Details

100% coursework, which may include a multiple choice style class test.

Reading and References

David J. Barnes and Michael Kolling Objects First with Java; A Practical Introduction using BlueJ 5th Edition, Prentice Hall / Pearson Education, 2011 ISBN: ISBN:0-13-606086-2 Recommended