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Programming Practice And Applications

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Module description

The aims of this module are:

  • To introduce the essential skills of Programming, and the concepts of object-oriented Programming.
  • To introduce techniques for good design of user interfaces for applications. To provide practice in applying these techniques to user interface design in Java.
  • To develop practical skills in writing programs, including working with appropriate tools.

On successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the concepts of object-oriented programming;
  • Develop general problem-solving skills for programming of simple applications;
  • Be able to write programs using a number of core language features: classes, objects, methods, control structures, collection classes and other standard library classes.
  • Be able to construct well-designed applications in Java, and reason about code quality criteria, such as cohesion, coupling, separation of concerns and information hiding.


An indication of the types of topics:

  1. Fundamentals of programming
  • Numeric data; assignments; reading input; strings
  • Conditional statements
  • Loop statements
  • Data structures: arrays, lists.
  1. Object oriented software development
  • Designing objects; modelling real-world entities
  • Classes and inheritance; interfaces
  • Class diagram notation
  1. Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)
  • Java concepts for GUI programming.
  • HCI and user interface design: HCI design principles.
  • User interface architectures.
  • Layout management concepts.
  • Interaction styles.
  • Dialog design.
  • Task analysis.
  1. Advanced programming concepts
  • Exceptions
  • Regular Expressions.
  1. Application programming
  • Code organisation: packages.
  • Reasoning about programs: problem solving.
  • Software development support tools: IDEs, Version Control.


Assessment details

Please note: The below assessment details for the 2024/25 academic year may be updated. The confirmed details will be available on the Student Handbook and on the module KEATS page at the beginning of the semester.

  • 40% Examination
  • 10% Class test
  • 10% Coursework 1
  • 10% Coursework 2
  • 15% Coursework 3
  • 15% Coursework 4

The coursework is a mixture of individual and group work.

Module description disclaimer

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Please note that the module descriptions above are related to the current academic year and are subject to change.