Application Programming

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus & Apprenticeship Location
Autumn Special
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 04 October 2018
Friday 14 December 2018


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC YHG1 Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer)

Module description

This module extends the student's knowledge and skills in object-oriented application programming. Further Java programming language principles and the use of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are explored supported through reference to Unified Modelling Language (UML) and design patterns. Java Graphical User Interface (GUI) Swing and AWT APIs are practically examined in some detail. The Java Collections API is explored with emphasis on how to utilise these classes in programs to best effect. Students will also be introduced to third-party APIs, since an important part of application programming is the process of understanding and using such APIs.

The module will give students core programming skills that are required for Years 2 and 3 of the Computer Science degree schemes.

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of core Java application libraries.
2. Explain the event-driven model underlying Java GUIs.
3. Write Java programs with interactive graphical user interfaces (GUIs).
4. Demonstrate knowledge of how Java programs interact with databases.
5. Write Java programs that make efficient use of the Java collections package.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of design patterns appropriate to Java GUIs.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

Java Language
Review of inheritance, abstract classes and interfaces

Application Programming and APIs
The Collections framework
User interface programming with AWT and Swing, event handling
Relational database interfacing with JDBC
Model View Controllers / Model View Presenter Design Patterns

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and Labs


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Progress Test    20% 
Coursework   Labs 1 to 4 All Reports & Code    10% 
Coursework   Assignment 1: Application Programming    20% 
Coursework   Assignment 2: Application Programming    40% 
Coursework   Labs 5 to 8 All Reports & Code    10% 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Faiyaz Doctor, email: fdocto@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Faiyaz Doctor
CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

Dr Jeremy Ian Hiller Gow
Goldsmiths College
Available via Moodle
Of 166 hours, 48 (28.9%) hours available to students:
118 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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