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Jy0020: Java OOP: Preface to ITSE 2321

Module by: R.G. (Dick) Baldwin. E-mail the author

Summary: This module serves as the Preface to material for the course, ITSE 2321 - Object-Oriented Programming (Java), which Prof. Baldwin teaches at Austin Community College in Austin, TX.

Welcome

Welcome to the course material for ITSE 2321 - Object-Oriented Programming (Java) , which I teach at Austin Community College in Austin, TX.

The college website for this course is: http://www.austincc.edu/baldwin/

Course description

As of November 2012, the description for this course reads:

"ITSE 2321 - Object-Oriented Programming (Java)

Introduction to object-oriented programming. Emphasis on the fundamentals of structured design with classes, including development, testing, implementation, and documentation. Includes object-oriented programming techniques, classes, and objects."

Course prerequisite

The prerequisite for the course is COSC 1336 or department approval.

As of November 2012, the description for the prerequisite course reads:

"COSC 1336 - Programming Fundamentals I

Introduces the fundamental concepts of structured programming. Topics include software development methodology, data types, control structures, functions, arrays, and the mechanics of running, testing, and debugging. This course assumes computer literacy. This course requires the same math skills necessary for College Algebra. Students should either have taken or be currently enrolled in College Algebra or a course that requires College Algebra."

Prerequisite waiver

Beginning in August of 2013, you might want to petition the department head for a waiver of the prerequisite course if you meet the following requirements:

  • You understand and can answer at least 80-percent of the questions in modules Ap0005 through Ap0060 in the section titled OOP Self-Assessment in a "closed-book" setting.
  • You understand and can write at least 80-percent of the programs in the Challenge program questions in modules Ap0005 through Ap0060 in the section titled OOP Self-Assessment in a "closed-book" setting.
  • You understand and can answer at least 80-percent of the questions posed on the Review pages in the section titled Programming Fundamentals in a "closed-book" setting

Prior to enrolling

I recommend that you understand and be able to answer at least 80-percent of the questions in modules AP010 through AP0060 in the self-assessment test in a "closed-book" setting.

I also recommend that you understand and can write at least 80-percent of the programs in the Challenge program questions in modules Ap0005 through Ap0060 in the section titled OOP Self-Assessment in a "closed-book" setting.

I also recommend that you read and/or study all of the modules in the Programming Fundamentals section in whatever depth is necessary to ensure that you can answer at least 80-percent of the questions posed on the Review pages of that section in a "closed-book" setting.

Course material

This course material consists of a more than 30 different modules arranged in the following major sections:

  • Essence of OOP
  • Multimedia
  • The Java Collections Framework
  • Practice Programs

Essence of OOP

The modules in the Essence of OOP section are more or less theoretical in nature. Sample programs in this section are intended to illustrate the OOP concepts being discussed with no effort being made to cause those programs to have any relation to real-world applications.

Multimedia

The modules in the Multimedia section are intended to illustrate OOP concepts using sample programs that clearly represent real-world applications. In particular, most of the sample programs in this section use OOP concepts to manipulate digital images of the sort that are produced by your digital camera. (See some examples here .)

The Java Collections Framework

The modules in this section are intended to help you learn about the Java Collections Framework. Once you learn how to use the framework, it is unlikely that you will need to reinvent common data structures, search algorithms, or sorting algorithms again, because those capabilities are neatly packaged within the framework.

Downloads

I encourage you to take advantage of all of the download options that cnx.org has to offer in order to customize this material for use in your organized courses or for personal self study.

And if you find the material useful, I would like to hear more about how you are using it.

Miscellaneous

This section contains a variety of miscellaneous information.

Note:

Housekeeping material
  • Module name: Jy0020: Java OOP: Preface to ITSE 2321
  • File: Jy0020.htm
  • Published: 11/25/12
  • Revised: 11/20/13

Note:

Disclaimers:

Financial : Although the Connexions site makes it possible for you to download a PDF file for this module at no charge, and also makes it possible for you to purchase a pre-printed version of the PDF file, you should be aware that some of the HTML elements in this module may not translate well into PDF.

I also want you to know that I receive no financial compensation from the Connexions website even if you purchase the PDF version of the module.

In the past, unknown individuals have copied my modules from cnx.org, converted them to Kindle books, and placed them for sale on Amazon.com showing me as the author. I neither receive compensation for those sales nor do I know who does receive compensation. If you purchase such a book, please be aware that it is a copy of a module that is freely available on cnx.org and that it was made and published without my prior knowledge.

Affiliation : I am a professor of Computer Information Technology at Austin Community College in Austin, TX.

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