Level 5, 20 Credits.
We have 1 upcoming course
(Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm plus 1 Saturday Day School)
This course is an introduction to the concepts of JAVA programming. Topics covered include an introduction to classes and objects, arithmetic operators, use of methods of the Math class, comparison operators and use of if statement, use of while, do and for loops, creation of applets, keyboard input and exception handling, use of methods of the String and Character classes, text file input, pattern matching, accessor and mutator methods, static variables and static methods and, finally, arrays. Each meeting comprises of a lecture followed by a laboratory session. Assessed work will include the writing of Java programs.
Learning and Teaching
This module includes a mix of traditional lectures and laboratory sessions. Each meeting starts with a lecture and finishes with a laboratory session.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
During the course, you will be given assignments to be submitted to the course tutor. At the end of the course, there will be a class test.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
- Introduction to classes and objects
- Discussion of the basic elements of a class (i.e. constructors, methods and instance variables)
- Difference between an applet and an application
- Use of arithmetic operators and methods of the Math class
- Use of methods of the String class
- Comparison operators and use of if then else statement
- Use of while, do and for loops
- Character and line input from the keyboard
- Accessor and Mutator methods
- Static methods and Static Variables
- Lifetimes and scope of local, parameter and instance variables
- Creation and manipulation of arrays
- Use of the methods of the Character class
- Use of the methods of the StringBuffer class
- Use of methods of the StringTokenizer class
- Introduction to text files
- Introduction to the Abstract Windowing Toolkit ( AWT ) graphical interface
- Horstman, C.S. (1999) Computing Concepts with Java 2 essentials. John Wiley.
- Horstmann, C.S. (2002) Big Java. John Wiley.