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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Java Programming (INFR09021)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis module is intended for students who have some previous programming experience, but would like to develop their ability to write complete, practical applications. Students with no programming experience should be able to complete the course, although this will almost certainly be challenging and will require additional time. The course uses an object-oriented approach, based around the Java language, but no previous experience of specific languages or technologies is assumed.
Course description Learning to program requires practice, and students on this course typically have very diverse programming backgrounds. Locating and working with online materials is also an essential skill for developing real applications. For these reasons, the course has no regular lectures on the content - it is facilitated by structured assignments, a recommended textbook, online materials, well-supported lab sessions (or online tutorials for distance learning students), and an online forum. This provides a flexible learning environment, and students should be prepared to manage their own schedule and to take advantage of the resources in a way which is most appropriate to their own experience.

The course content includes the following topics:
- Object-oriented design - classes, objects, inheritance, coupling, cohesion, responsibility.
- The basics of the Java programming language.
- The use of external libraries - collections, graphical interfaces, networking.
- Development tools.
- Code readability and documentation.
- Graphical user interfaces.

Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Programming Fundamentals.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Informatics 1 - Object-Oriented Programming (INFR08014) OR Introduction to Java Programming (INFR09050)
Other requirements This course is open to Informatics PG students. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser (lecturer).

Students are expected to have some previous programming experience (not necessarily with an object-oriented language). It is possible to take the course without any previous experience, but this will almost certainly be challenging, and require additional time.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information