In this computer science course, you will learn the basics of programming in the Java language, and cover topics relevant to the AP Computer Science A course and exam.
This course will cover:
objects and object-oriented design
fields and visibility
constructors, mutators and accessor methods
the List interface
This course is for anyone interested in taking a first-level computer-programming course, particularly those who attend a school that does not provide a similar class.
No previous programming knowledge is needed, but it is recommended that learners be comfortable with the topics addressed in AP Computer Science A: Java Programming and AP Computer Science A: Java Programming Data Structures and Loops.
We are looking forward to helping you explore this exciting new world!
Unit Name or Timeframe: Methods and Classes (3 weeks)
Object-oriented design and encapsulation
Top-down development and functional decomposition
State and behavior
Fields and visibility
Methods and parameters
Calling methods and passing parameters by-value and by-reference
Constructors and instantiation
The static keyword
Accessors and mutators
Unit Name or Timeframe: Interfaces (1 week)
Interfaces and abstraction
List interface and iterators
Unit Name or Timeframe: Inheritance (2 weeks)
Inheritance and the Object class
Public and private data and methods
The super, this and null references
Encapsulation and information hiding
Inheritance using extends, recognizing single-inheritance
Equality vs identity
has-a vs is-a relationships involving inheritance and aggregation