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Java I

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This module introduces you to the concepts of JAVA programming.

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.


  • Introduction to classes and objects
  • Discussion of the basic elements of a class (i.e. constructors, methods and instance variables)
  • 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

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.

Assessed work will include the writing of Java programs. 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.

Reading suggestions

  • Horstman, C.S. (1999) Computing Concepts with Java 2 essentials. John Wiley.
  • Horstmann, C.S. (2002) Big Java. John Wiley.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.