Advanced Object-Oriented Programming - COMP8820

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 15 (7.5) Yang He checkmark-circle


Building upon Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming, this module covers the design and implementation of high-quality software using OO techniques. Systems are modelled as configurations of objects communicating with one another. Techniques (e.g. inheritance) are introduced which allow objects to play different roles within a system. These two concepts are key to the support for adaptation and reuse that OOP provides. Much emphasis will be placed on gaining a deep understanding of these concepts and applying them in practice by developing programs in Java. The remainder of the module will explore software component frameworks, specifically those that come packaged with Java, placing most emphasis on the frameworks to support the structuring and manipulation of data (data structures and algorithms).


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 120
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Barnes, D.J. and Kölling, M. (2017) Objects First with Java - A Practical Approach using BlueJ (6th Edition): Pearson Education

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 develop non-trivial computer programs following recognized object-oriented principles.
2 critically evaluate the suitability of a commercially-relevant implementation language in the solution of particular problems.
3 describe concepts used in programming and to discuss programming using vocabulary from professional computer science.
4 choose and use appropriate data structures and algorithms in the construction of programs.
5 apply principled design techniques in the construction of software.
6 choose and use appropriate software testing strategies.
7 critically reflect on both the process and outcomes of software creation.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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