Module Identifier CS12420  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark B Ratcliffe  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr Christopher W Loftus, Dr Lynda A Thomas, Dr Reyer Zwiggelaar  
Pre-Requisite CS12230 or CS12320  
Mutually Exclusive CI12420  
Course delivery Lecture   30 lectures  
  Practical   11 x 2 hrs  
  Other   Workshop. Up to 11 x 1hr  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours A1 Online examination online tweek exam.40%
Semester Assessment Group Project:  20%
Semester Assessment A2 In-Course Assessment: Best of 2 in-class tests  20%
Semester Assessment Course Work:  20%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours Online tweek examination   
Further details  

Learning outcomes

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 (A1, A2);

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 (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5);
3. be able to analyse a problem and produce high quality software designs as shown by their project work (A3, A4, A5);
4. be able to produce more robust programs making full use of Java exceptions (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5);
5. be able to make data persist from one program run to another (A3, A4, A5);
6. demonstrate how classes can be made more reusable using Java interfaces (A3, A4, A5);
7. produce high quality software that is robust, reliable, reusable and maintainable (A3, A4, A5).
8. have practical experience of using Swing to develop user-friendly front ends (A3, A4, A5);
9. have more experience of software development within a team working to tight time constraints (A5).


This module builds on the material covered in CS12230/CS12320 to further the development of participants' programming skills.

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 of exceptions and an introduction to interfaces.

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 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.

The intention of the supervised practical sessions is to enhance the problem solving and programming skills of participants, giving them practical experience of writing software systems in Java.


1. Robust Programming - 4 Lectures
The need for a separate mechanism for handling erroneous code; throwing and catching exceptions. User defined exceptions.

2. Persistent Data - 4 Lectures
Advanced input/output and files. Worked example bringing together file handling and exceptions.

3. An introduction to Graphical User Interfaces - 10 Lectures
Building on programming skills, this looks at developing graphical front ends to simple software systems introducing Java's AWT and Swing classes.

4. Abstract Data Types and Linear Data Structures - 7 Lectures
More on the ideas of abstraction and encapsulation. Java support for their implementation. An introduction to linear data structures: Stacks and Queues implemented using arrays and vectors.

5. Enhancing the Reusability of Classes - 5 Lectures
An introduction to Java interfaces: Sortable, Listable and the standard Iterator class. Using interfaces to produce a reusable List class.

Reading Lists

** Should Be Purchased
Horstmann, Cay (March 2005) Big Java 2/E International Student Version 2nd. John Wiley 0471697036
** Consult For Futher Information
David Flanagan (March 2002) Java in a Nutshell 4. O'Reilly 0596002831
Ed Burnette (2005) Eclipse IDE Pocket Guide O'Reilly 0596100655
Elliot B. Koffman and Ursula Wolz (Aug 1998) Problem Solving with Java Addison-Wesley 0201357437
Ira Pohl and Charlie McDowell (Oct 1999) Java by Dissection Addison Wesley 0201612488
Ivor Horton (March 2000) Beginning Java 2: 1.5 Version 5th. Wrox Press Inc 0764568744
Walrath et al Java Swing Tutorial 0201914670


This module is at CQFW Level 4