CSC8002 : Advanced Programming

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This course is intended to expose students to advanced features of Java programming. The module will:
- extend knowledge of Java
- introduce design patterns and good practice
- familiarise students with a range of simple algorithms and data structures,
- provide an overview of concurrent programming in the shared memory model, and concurrent object-oriented programming in Java,
- provide an introduction to event-driven programming in general, and event handling in the context of Java GUI programming.

Outline Of Syllabus

Design patterns and good practice.
Common data structures and manipulation of collections of objects.
Concurrent programming.
Event driven Programming.
Introduction to GUI programming using Swing.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion500:3025:00Revision for end of Semester exam & exam duration
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion441:0044:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture441:0044:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical221:0022:00Practicals
Guided Independent StudyProject work221:0022:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study431:0043:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.

This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.

Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.

Students should set aside sufficient time to revise for the end of semester exam.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1802A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M20Approx 2 pieces of equally weighted programming coursework (22 hours each)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination will consist of two sections. The first one will concern design patterns and good practice, while the second one will concern concurrent and event-driven programming. Both sections will offer a choice of questions and are intended to test the knowledge and understanding of the material covered in the lectures.

N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 40%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 40%.

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