|| CH11020 |
|| INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Mr Richard C Shipman |
|| Semester 1 |
|| Dr Lynda A Thomas, Mr Richard C Shipman |
|| Available only to students taking the Diploma/MSc in Computer Science scheme at Aberystwyth. |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 45 hours |
|| Other || Workshop. 14 hours |
|| Practical || Up to 60 hours |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| (A1) Assignment: Three practical assignments ||75%|
|Semester Assessment|| (A2) Assignment: Final written assignment ||25%|
|Supplementary Exam|| There is no provision for supplementary examinations or resits. || |
|| http://www.aber.ac.uk/compsci/ModuleInfo/CH11020 |
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
be able to develop non-trivial Java programs to operate in the environment they have studied (A1).
demonstrate an understanding of the nature and need for testing by being able to test the programs they have written (A1).
have a mental model of a computer, adequate to understand what is involved in developing programs (A1, A2).
understand the concept of an algorithm demonstrated through an ablility to design simple algorithms (A1, A2).
demonstrate how software components are combined to form complete systems (A1, A2).
demonstrate an understanding of the idea of the software life cycle and the stages within it (A1).
There is much more to computing than programming and many graduates from the Diploma/MSc course may never need to do any programming in their professional careers. Nevertheless, an understanding of programming and, more generally, of the software development process is an important part of the education of anyone who wishes to be an IT professional. Such an understanding needs some practical skill and experience and this is what this module provides. It also introduces students to the computing environment and other information services available to them in Aberystwyth, and gives them some experience of working in teams.
To make students understand what is involved in software development and to give them the basic skills necessary
to develop well-structured, non-trivial programs in a well-designed programming language using a modern
1. Computer System appreciation - 4 Lectures
Introduction to the basic computer organisation. Emphasis is placed on the relationships between hardware,
architecture and software, with reference to the computer systems at Aberystwyth. Using the computing facilities
2. Programming in the large - An introduction to Java - 30 Lectures
Software crisis, abstraction, algorithms and programs. The design of algorithms, object oriented programming and
an introduction to Java. Programming constructs, expressions, primitive types, classes and objects. Information
hiding. Further object oriented design; inheritance. Robust programs; exceptions.
3. Testing - 2 Lectures
Techniques and aids for error detection.
4. Persistent data - 4 Lectures
Advanced input/output and files. Worked example bringing together file handling and exceptions.
5. Graphical interfaces - 5 Lectures
An introduction to Java's Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT) and Java Swing and their use in developing more attractive user
Dale, Weems and Headington (2003) Programming and Problem Solving in Java
Jones and Bartlett 0763704903
Ivor Horton (March 1999) Beginning Java 2
Wrox Press Inc ISBN 1861002238
J. M. Bishop (2001) Java Gently: Programming Principles Explained
3rd edition. Addison-Wesley Pub Co ISBN: 0201710501
S. Heller (1998) Who's Afraid of Java
AP Professional ISBN 0123391016
Y. Daniel Liang (2000) Introduction to Java Programming
3rd Edition. ISBN: 013031997X
Walter Savitch (2000) Java: An Introduction to Computer Science & Programming
2nd edition. Prentice Hall ISBN: 0130316970
Elliot B. Koffman and Ursula Wolz (Aug 1998) Problem Solving with Java
Addison-Wesley ISBN 0201357437
Samuel N. Kamin, M. Dennis Mickunas, and Edward M. Reingold (Nov 1997) An Introduction to Computer Science: Using Java
WCB/McGraw-Hill ISBN 0070342245
Cay Horst Mann (2000) Computing Concepts with Java 2 Essentials
John Wiley ISBN 0471 346098
John Lewis and William Loftus (2000) Java Software Solutions
Addison Wesley ISBN 0201 612712
Patrick Henry Winston, Sundar Narasimhan (2001) On to Java
3rd edition. Addison-Wesley Pub Co ISBN: 0201725932
Stephen J. Chapman (1999) Java for Engineers and Scientists
Prentice Hall ISBN: 0139195238
It is considered essential that students buy one of these general texts on Java. Exactly which is left to your own
personal preference. Advice will be offered in lectures.
This module is at CQFW Level 4