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Administrative Unit: Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CISS 238
Course Title: Java Programming
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An introduction to programming using Java. Topics include methods, classes, objects, advanced object concepts, input, selection, repetition, arrays and strings, applets, HTML, graphics, inheritance concepts, abstract windows tool kit, file input and output. Prerequisites: MATH 150 and CISS 170, CISS 171, or CISS 176

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

MATH 150 and CISS 170, CISS 171, or CISS 176

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Introduction to Java Programming, Comprehensive
By Liang, Y.D. (Prentice Hall)
Java—How to Program
By Deitel, H. et. al (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives
  • To decompose and map problems onto Java syntactical constructs.
  • To test Java programs using appropriate techniques.
  • To utilize graphic processing techniques.
  • To build graphical user interfaces.
  • To utilize object-oriented tools and techniques in program construction.
Measurable Learning
  • Utilize basic control structures such as if/then/else, do while, do until, while, and for/next.
  • Utilize modules, classes, and procedures to organize program structure.
  • Process arrays.
  • Employ object-based constructs and techniques such as classes, inheritance, and polymorphism.
  • Explain exception handling and utilize it in programs.
  • Develop graphical user interfaces.
  • Process files and streams.
  • Connect to databases and issue queries.
Topical Outline:
  • Control structures
  • Method definition and overloading, built-in methods
  • Arrays
  • The repetition structure
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Graphics
  • Graphical user interfaces
  • Exception handling

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

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Prepared by: Suzanne Tourville Date: October 31, 2014
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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