Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


This unit introduces the language and techniques needed to write well-structured programs using the object-oriented paradigm with the Java programming language. The focus of this unit is developing appropriate classes and methods to solve real-world problems. The unit also covers advanced topics including generics, the Java Platform, concurrency, serialization and exceptions. Appropriate software engineering principles and concepts are also discussed in the context of object-oriented design in Java.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline Restricted
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Computer Science; International Cybersecurity; Computing and Data Science; Artificial Intelligence; Software Engineering major sequences

Students are able to (1) implement object-oriented design of solutions to real-world problems; (2) design Java programs using packages and classes with inheritance, generics, interfaces and abstract classes; (3) understand the use of multithreading for designing Java programs with concurrency; and (4) make effective use of software development practices to write, test, debug and document Java programs.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratories and projects; (2) mid semester test; and (3) final 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 Max Ward
Unit rules
ATAR Mathematics Methods
or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods or equivalent
and CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
Contact hours
Lectures: 2 hours per week
workshops: 1 hour per
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.