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COMP16920: Object Oriented Programming with Java (non specialist) (2010-2011)

This is an archived syllabus from 2010-2011

Object Oriented Programming with Java (non specialist)
Level: 1
Credit rating: 20
Pre-requisites: No Pre-requisites
Co-requisites: No Co-requisites
Duration: 22 weeks throughout year
Lectures: 34 in total (alternately 2 then 1 per week)
Examples classes: 10 1 hour sessions
Labs: 10 (1 per fortnight)
Lecturers: Sean Bechhofer, John Latham
Course lecturers: Sean Bechhofer

John Latham

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Sem 1 Lecture IT406 Wed 11:00 - 12:00 -
Sem 1 Lecture IT406 Thu 12:00 - 13:00 -
Sem 1 A Lab Toot 1 Mon 11:00 - 13:00 -
Sem 1 w2+ Examples IT406 Thu 09:00 - 10:00 -
Sem 1 B Lab Toot 1 Mon 09:00 - 11:00 -
Sem 2 Lecture IT406 Tue 10:00 - 11:00 -
Sem 2 Lab Toot 1 Mon 13:00 - 15:00 -
Sem 2 Examples IT406 Tue 14:00 - 15:00 -
Sem 2 Lecture IT406 Thu 14:00 - 15:00 -
Assessment Breakdown
Exam: 50%
Coursework: 0%
Lab: 50%


This course unit provides the first exposure to programming for many students. Its main aim, therefore, is to introduce the principles of design and programming, using objects as a basis.

This course unit will use Java and provide an `Objects-Soon' introduction to the Object-Oriented paradigm. The emphasis is on acquiring best practice incrementally from the bottom-up and the course unit starts from teaching imperative control constructs which must be used to program object behaviour. Approaches to testing programs for correctness and evaluating designs against typical non-functional characteristics will also be covered.

Programme outcomeUnit learning outcomesAssessment
A2Have a clear understanding of the basic principles of the Java programming language.
  • Examination
A2 C5 D4 D5Be able to design and code small Java programs, which meet simple requirements expressed in English.
  • Lab assessment
  • Examination
C5 D4 D5Be able to test and debug simple Java programs.
  • Lab assessment
  • Lab test online
C5Be able to write informal justifications for the programs they design. They should also be used to using laboratory notebooks for recording explorations of design alternative.
  • Lab assessment
  • Lab test online
A2Have a clear understanding of the need for a development process.
  • Lab test online
  • Lab assessment


Introduction (2)
Essential basics: sequential execution and programming (2)
Types, variable and expressions (2)
Execution flow control (6)
Separate methods (2)
Separate classes (4)
Object oriented design (2)
Introduction to graphical user interfaces using SWING (4)
Arrays (4)
Files and Exceptions (4)
In Conclusion (2)

Reading List

Supporting material is provided by:
COMP10081 lecture handouts
COMP10081 tutorial sheets

Core Text
Title: Java: just in time
Author: Latham, John
ISBN: 9781848900257
Publisher: College Publications
Year: 2010