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Unit information: Additional Computer Programming in 2015/16

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Unit name Additional Computer Programming
Unit code EMAT20921
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Homer
Open unit status Not open

COMS11500 Introduction to C and COMS12800 Introduction to C++, or equivalent



School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


In this unit you will learn to program in the Object Oriented programming language Java, using principles of good program and algorithm design.

Topics include:

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

  • to learn to program in the Java language,
  • an understanding of how good program design can help you,
  • how to produce and implement good program design in Java.

Teaching details

lectures, labs, private study

Assessment Details

100% coursework: 4 summative computer-based assignments - two short components focused on the basics of java programming (5% each), two larger projects (worth 40% and 50%) focused more on design.

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