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AP Computer Science A: Java Programming

Purdue University via edX

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Overview

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 includes a broad view of computer operation, the global impact of computing, and then introduces Java programming concepts including variables, selection and object-oriented design.

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. We are looking forward to helping you explore this exciting new world!

Syllabus

Unit Name or Timeframe: Computer Programming Fundamentals (2 weeks)

  • Discussion of the objectives of good programmers (correctness, design, style, efficiency)
  • Problem solving and computer science
  • The ethics of computer use, social networking, and engineering for the greater good.
  • Computer hardware and memory
  • Number representations and conversions
  • Overflow and underflow
  • Introduction to Java IDE and debugger (DrJava, IntelliJ)
  • Building a first Java class and simple program
  • The main method
  • I/O in Java

Unit Name or Timeframe: Primitive data types, variables, arithmetic (2 weeks)

  • Data types and variables
  • Constants
  • ASCII and Unicode representation of characters
  • Assignment
  • Primitive types vs reference types
  • Binary arithmetic operators
  • Static methods and the Math class
  • String class and functions
  • Wrapper classes for integer and double type

Unit Name or Timeframe: Selection (2 weeks)

  • Boolean type
  • Relational operators
  • Selection statements (if, else, else-if, switch)
  • Short-circuit execution
  • Code blocks
  • Dangling else
  • Compound relational operators and truth tables
  • DeMorgan’s Laws

Taught by

Sunil Prabhakar, Debbie Perouli and Phil Sands

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