JAC444 - Introduction to Java for C++ Programmers

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Subject Title
Introduction to Java for C++ Programmers

Subject Description
Java is a widely-used, class-based, object-oriented programming environment. Its appeal comes from platform independence, programming convenience, and a rich and vibrant ecosystem. This subject will serve as a thorough introduction to Java as an object-oriented and functional programming language. Topics studied will include object-oriented concepts, lambda expressions, functional interfaces, threads, exceptions, graphical user interface programming with Java FX, input / output, networking, client-server programming, servlets, and database access via JDBC.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for CPA - Computer Programming and Analysis (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Required for CPD - Computer Programmer (Ontario College Diploma)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Design, code, test, and implement programs using Java fundamental libraries
2. Recognize and apply object oriented concepts like encapsulation, polymorphism and inheritance writing Java programs
3. Understand lambda expressions and use functional programming style in Java
4. Make the most effective use of the Java programming language using design patterns and idioms
5. Learn to use Java multi-threading and exception handling features in writing networking and communication applications
6. Develop applications using basic Java FX concepts and JDBC for database access
7. Understand not only the fundamentals of the Java language, but also its importance, uses, strengths and weaknesses
8. Describe and use the major components of Java SDK, Standard Edition (Java SE)

Essential Employability Skills
Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

OOP345 or BAC344 

Topic Outline
Classes and Objects 10%

  • Primitive types and references to objects
  • Programming with types and packages

Interface, Nested Classes 15%
  • Working with interface
  • Static nested classes
  • Inner classes and enclosing objects
  • Anonymous inner classes

Exceptions 5%
  • Exception handlers, transfer of control
  • Asynchronous exceptions
  • try, catch, finally blocks

Threads 15%
  • Creating threads using Thread class/Runnable interface
  • Synchronization design, wait/notify
  • thread scheduling, management and thread group

Standard Java Packages 15%
  • java.io - Input/Output Stream, Reader/Writer
  • java.net - Sockets
  • java.util - Collections: Set, List, Map
  • java.lang.annotation

Networking 10%
  • InetAddress class
  • Socket and server socket
  • Uniform resource locator - URLconnection class

Graphical User Interface (AWT/Swing) 15%
  • Events and listeners
  • Layout managers
  • Swing classes
  • Applets/GUI applications

Remote Method Invocation 10%
  • RMI specifications
  • RMI client and RMI Server
  • RMI tools: rmic, rmiregistry

Introduction to Java 2 Enterprise Edition 5%
  • JDBC - Data Access APIs

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures and discussion with demonstrations and code walk through, reinforced by lab session. A similar course is also offered online. Full Time day students please consult with your coordinator prior to taking the online version. Distant learning students please refer to addendum.

It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on BlackBoard or in class. Students will not be able to access BlackBoard as of the last day of the student’s class.

Prescribed Texts
Introduction to Java programming (Brief version), 9th Edition, Y. Daniel Liang; Pearson. ISBN # 978-0133592207

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.


  • Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.
  • Computer assignments should be documented to the instructor's standards.
  • Assignments must be handed in on the scheduled due date. Late assignments are penalized.
  • For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor.

Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor prior to the next scheduled class. If your reason is accepted, you will be permitted to write a make-up test. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation.

Term Work and Final Exam
  • Students must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on term work and the final exam. Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the subject. 
  • For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Assignment #1 10%
Assignment #2 13%
Assignment #3 17%
Midterm Exam 25%
Final Exam 35%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle