Object-oriented programming with Java
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 0.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2017
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Java Foundations
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20170905_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This course is offered on-campus. The sessions may include a variety of interactive and engaging activities including discussions, workshops, group activities, role plays, case studies and presentations. Readings, video, and podcasts may be provided online, on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE), to support class activities and reinforce material covered during class sessions. Assignment details will be provided in class and on SLATE. Students will need reliable access to the internet.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
In this course, students create and use objects combined with procedural programming to provide greater flexibility, modularity and reusability in Java programming. Students acquire object-oriented thinking (paradigm) through practical applications of inheritance, polymorphism, exception handling, text I/O, abstract classes and interfaces.

Program Context

Java Foundations Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This course provides students with the understanding of procedural programming and object-oriented programming. This course is part of the Java Foundations Recognition of Achievement.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to integrate the object-oriented paradigm to develop Java programs with various applications of objects.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Use classes to model objects in the real-world by defining and creating objects in Java.
  2. Write programs using the object-oriented paradigm by exploring the differences between procedural and object-oriented programming.
  3. Apply object-oriented paradigm using polymorphism and inheritance.
  4. Use exception handling to deal with errors
  5. Use text I/O to read and write data
  6. Incorporate abstract classes and interfaces to specify common behaviours between superclasses and subclasses

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Assignment 1 - Defining class and creating objects7.0%
 Assignment 2 - Application of object-oriented paradigm7.0%
 Assignment 3 - Application of inheritance and polymorphism in object-oriented programming7.0%
 Assignment 4 - Application of exception handling and text I/O7.0%
 Assignment 5 - Write code using abstract classes and interfaces7.0%
 Midterm Test25.0%
 Final Exam40.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered within the Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the professor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. 3. Students who miss a test or in-class/online activity or assignment or fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional circumstances are required to notify their professor in advance of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence (e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be written at a time and place specified by the professor upon the student┐s return. Alternately, students may be given an opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a subsequent test count for the additional marks. Exceptional circumstances may result in a modification of due dates for assignments. 4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be submitted at the date and time specified by the instructor. 5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort, unless the professor specifies otherwise. 6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been finalized. 7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been previously agreed to or suggested by the professor. 8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical lab and field components in order to pass the course.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam
  • Portfolio

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: N/A
RequiredTextbookIntroduction to Java programming, Comprehensive Version with Access, Liang, Y. D., Pearson Education, Inc., 11, ISBN 9780134670942, 2017

Applicable student group(s): Continuing and Professional Education students that want to learn about Java programming
Course Details:

Module 1: Objects and Classes

  • Defining classes and creating objects
  • Object reference variables vs. primitive data type variables
  • Instance vs. static variables

Assignment 1: Defining class and creating objects (7%)

Module 2: Object-oriented Thinking 

  • Procedural vs. Object-oriented programming
  • Using Wrapper classes
  • Making mutable strings

Assignment 2: Application of object-oriented paradigm (7%), Midterm  (25%)

Module 3: Inheritance and Polymorphism

  • Introducing subclasses and superclasses
  • Overriding vs. overloading methods
  • Polymorphism and dynamic binding
  • Using objects in an ArrayList

Assignment 3: Application of inheritance and polymorphism in object-oriented programming (7%)

Module 4: Exception handling and Text I/O

Unit 1: Exception Handling

  • Exception handling and its advantages
  • Types of exceptions
  • Developing applications using exception handling
  • Custom exception classes

Unit 2: Text I/O

  • Writing data to a file using the PrintWriter class
  • How to read data using a Scanner
  • Replacing text in a file

Assignment 4: Application of exception handling and text I/O (7%)

Module 5: Abstract Classes and Interfaces

  • Designing and applying abstract classes
  • How to specify common behaviour for classes
  • Implementing Comparable and Cloneable interfaces

Assignment 5: Write code using abstract classes and interfaces (7%), Final Exam (40%)

Sheridan Policies

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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