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Unit Overview


This unit introduces the language structures and techniques needed to write well-structured programs in the object-oriented paradigm using the Java programming language. In particular, the process of developing appropriate classes, objects and methods to solve simple computational problems underlies the entire unit. Core computer programming topics such as the use of variables, primitive and reference data types, expressions, control structures involving selection and repetition, method decomposition and parameter passing are all covered in this context. Algorithmic techniques such as iteration, sorting, searching along with programming practices such as error handling, testing, debugging and documentation are introduced. The unit also covers advanced topics such as association, inheritance and interface. A strong focus is placed on the practical application of these concepts and techniques to produce working programs in computer laboratories. The rationale for using the object-oriented paradigm, and in particular the language Java, is covered in detail. No prior knowledge of computing or programming is assumed.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) interpret the behaviour of simple Java programs; (2) implement Java classes from specifications; (3) understand and apply the object-oriented principles of information hiding and program by contract; (4) make effective use of software development tools to write, test, debug and document Java programs; (5) use a software engineering process to develop small Java programs; and (6) critique the quality of Java programs using criteria such as readability, encapsulation, cohesion and coupling.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a mid-semester test; (2) programming exercises; and (3) an examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Anwarul Patwary {00104243} (Semester 1) ~ TBA (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or MATX1720 Mathematics Fundamentals or equivalent
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
workshops: 1 hour per week
labs: 2 hours per week

Barnes, D. J. and Kolling, M. Objects First with Java, 5th edn: Prentice Hall/Pearson Education 2012

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