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CSC8416 Advanced Programming in Java

Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Maths and Computing
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Ji Zhang
Moderator: Hua Wang


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCOP or MPIT or MCOT or MCTE or MSBI or MSSC or MENC or MEPR or MENS or METC or MSST.


Java is not only an internet language, but also a general purpose object-oriented programming language. Its portability, safety, and simplicity features made it the internet language of choice overnight. It is quickly becoming a programming language that every programmer and computer scientist should know. This course will teach not only the Java programming language, but also the Java programming style and the topics on advanced software design using Java and Java's internet programming.


This course covers the techniques of object-oriented programming in Java, and the characteristics of the Java programming language. The language features such as applets, packages, exception handling and multithreading with concurrent programming are discussed. Java graphical user interface and animation tools are important parts of this course. The advanced topics such as network programming and client/server and Remote Method Invocation (RMI) as well as Java Database Connection (JDBC) are introduced with an executable example.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a deep understanding of various object-oriented design techniques;
  2. develop object-oriented applications in Java;
  3. design Java applet for internet applications;
  4. develop current programming applications with multithreading;
  5. develop Java graphical interfaces and animation tools;
  6. develop advanced software applications using JDBC and Client/Server technologies;
  7. understand and use distributed system programming with RMI.


Description Weighting(%)
1. OO concepts and structures in JAVA 10.00
2. Java programming and Advanced data structures 5.00
3. Threads and concurrent programming 15.00
4. Java applet programming with security and Multimedia 15.00
5. Graphical user interface design 15.00
6. Input, output and files 10.00
7. Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) 10.00
8. Network Client/Server programming 10.00
9. Distributed system programming with RMI 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Department of Mathematics & Computing CDROM SET 1 (available from the USQ Bookshop). This CD Set contains course material, Windows and Linux Software relevant to this course offering only. For more information about the CD Sets and their use, please refer to and the course website.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Berg, DJ & Fritzinger, SJ 1999, Advanced Techniques for Java Developers, John Wiley & Sons Inc, New York.
  • Cornell, G & Horstmann, G 2000, Core Java 2, Sun Microsystems Press, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
    (Vol 2.)
  • Cornell, G & Horstmann, G 2005, Core Java 2, 7th edn, Sun Microsystems Press, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
    (Vol 1.)
  • Daconta, MC, Saganich, A & Monk, E 1999, Java2 and JavaScript for C and C++ Programmers, Wiley, New York.
    (Revised Edition.)
  • Deitel, H, Deitel, P & Santry, S 2002, Advanced Java 2 Platform - How to Program, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
  • Many other books and tutorials are available on the Internet. We will provide the links to these sites.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 120.00
Project Work 50.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT PROPOSAL 20 20 22 Mar 2013
ASSIGNMENT 1 20 20 08 May 2013
FINAL PROJECT REPORT 60 60 21 Jun 2013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Students must submit all assessment items. To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the summative assessment items.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must dispatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the dispatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. In accordance with University policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  3. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. If requested, students may be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be dispatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

Other requirements

  1. Note on Project: Students will develop an application or a mini-project using Java. The project will be assessed on Project Proposal (aims and motivation, research plan, 2 pages). Final project report plus coding (10-15 pages).

  2. Students need to discuss their project with the Examiner via e-mail.