Computer Science (COMP) 308

Java for Programmers (Revision 5)

COMP 308

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: COMP 268 or permission of the course professor.

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology

Centre: School of Computing and Information Systems

COMP 308 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note: Students who are concerned about not meeting the prerequisites for this course are encouraged to contact the course coordinator before registering


COMP 308 provides a solid grounding in object-oriented programming in Java for students who have a background in procedural programming and advanced features of OOP for students with introductory courses in OOP. This course may be used as an elective for students in the BSc (CIS), BA(IS) and BSc (CIS-PD).


  • Unit 0: Introducing the Java Platform
  • Unit 1: Getting Started with the Java Programming Language
  • Unit 2: Object Oriented Programming with Java
  • Unit 3: Program Control
  • Unit 4: Object Orientation and Reusability
  • Unit 5: Collections, Arrays, Exceptions and Strings
  • Unit 6: Types, Generics and Containers
  • Unit 7: Java IO and Networking
  • Unit 8: GUI Development
  • Unit 9: Concurrency
  • Unit 10: Annotations and Java Documentation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to

  • exemplify creation, manipulation, and control of Java objects.
  • exemplify the concepts of data abstraction, inheritance, and polymorphism.
  • exemplify Java runtime mechanism in Java applications.
  • implement interfaces and abstract classes.
  • implement error handling with exceptions.
  • exemplify inner classes.
  • implement Java concurrent programming with threading models.
  • exemplify the concept of annotation and its role in testing Java code.
  • implement Java Bean and Swing GUI.
  • exemplify Java I/O and network programming.


To receive credit for COMP 308, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent), a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination and an overall average of 50 percent on assignments. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Quiz 1 3%
Assignment 1 5%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 12%
Assignment 4 20%
Final Exam 50%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Eckel, B. 2006. Thinking in Java, 4th Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0131872486.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Special Course Features

COMP 308 is offered by computer mediated communications mode, and can be completed at the student's workplace or home. It is a core course in the BA Information Systems and the BSc Computer Information Systems. This course is recommended for all senior-level Computer Science students.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for COMP 308 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the project and D (50 percent)on the examination.

Activity Weighting
Project 50%
Exam 50%
Total 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 5, December 12, 2013.

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