|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||Up to 30 lectures|
|Other||Workshop. Up to 11 x 1hr|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||2 Hours Examination||30%|
|Semester Assessment||In class test||20%|
|Semester Assessment||2 practical programming assignments involving design and implementation of a Java solution to a problem||40%|
|Semester Assessment||Up to 8 practical worksheets completed in labs and in own time||10%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resit failed examination and/or resubmission of failed/non-submitted coursework components or ones of equivalent value.||100%|
The module concentrates on developing the student's professional approach to software development.
The major learning outcome of this module is that students should:
1. have an appreciation of the Java concepts covered in the syllabus and be able to make full use of them in their programs.
In addition, on successful completion of the module, students should:
2. appreciate the importance of software design, coding and testing as demonstrated by their own software development;
3. be able to analyse a problem and produce high quality software designs as shown by their project work;
4. be able to produce more robust programs making full use of Java exceptions;
5. be able to make data persist from one program run to another;
6. demonstrate how classes can be made more reusable using Java interfaces;
7. produce high quality software that is robust, reliable, reusable and maintainable.
8. have practical experience of using Swing to develop user-friendly front ends;
9. have more experience of software development within a team working to tight time constraints.
Students are introduced to more advanced facilities that are available to the software engineer to improve the robustness, reusability and maintainability of software. In particular the module involves detailed coverage interfaces and abstract classes and reinforces the key object oriented principles of inheritance, abstraction, encapsulation and polymorphism. Furthermore, the module places emphasis on testing and its support withinJava.
The graphical user interface, Swing, is used as the basis for implementing user-friendly front-ends. Although the coverage is not exhaustive, students will gain plenty of practical experience in the use of these concepts.
The Java programming language is used as a basis for illustrating the concepts covered by the syllabus, but where possible the concepts are introduced in a language independent manner.
Overview of the module and an introduction to pair programming.
2. Integrated Development Environments - 1 Lecture
An overview of a popular IDE.
3. Testing and Debugging - 4 Lectures
An overview of testing in software development. The use of a unit testing framework. Visual debugging using an IDE.
4. Packages, JARS and access Modifiers - 2 Lectures
How to organise Java classes, package them up in JARS and the appropriate use of access modifiers.
5. Java interfaces and abstract classes - 4 Lectures
Defining implementation-independent 'contracts' using Java interfaces. Factoring common code into abstract superclasses.
6. Key Object-oriented principles revisited - 3 lectures
Casting and inheritance. The correct way to override methods such as 'equals'. Inheritance versus composition. Object mutability.
7. Threads - 4 lectures
An introduction to concurrency, Java threads, threads in Swing, the event dispatch thread. Synchronisation.
8. An introduction to Graphical User Interfaces - 7 Lectures
Building on programming skills, this looks at developing graphical front ends to simple software systems introducing Java's AWT and Swing classes.
9. Persistent Data - 2 Lectures
Advanced input/output and files, Serialisation. Worked examples bringing together file handling, exceptions and serialization.
10. An introduction to design patterns - 1 Lecture
The basic concepts and the Observer and Observable example.
11. Applets and Servlets - 1 Lecture
A brief introduction to browser-based Java clients and server-side handling of HTTP requests.
Reading ListRecommended Text
Sierra, Kathy. (2005.) Head first Java /Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates. This is very accessible. However, any Java 5/6 book that you are comfortable with will be fine. 2nd ed. O'Reilly Primo search Reference Text
Freeman, Eric (2004.) Head First design patterns /Eric Freeman, Elisabeth Freeman ; with Kathy Sierra and Burt Bates. Also used extensively in CS21120 in the second year, O'Reilly Primo search Recommended Background
Stevens, Perdita (Dec. 2005) Using UML:Software Engineering with Objects and Components 2nd ed.,Revised Addison-Wesley Longman [Imprint] Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 4