• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Information Technology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

A Java-based introductory programming course which includes aspects of good programming practice and software engineering.This course can be studied for credit in the following programs:

  • Master of Information Technology Studies
  • Graduate Studies
  • and as an elective in other programs.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Read and understand a Java-based software code of medium-to-high complexity.
  2. Write a Java application of medium complexity (consisting multiple classes).
  3. To use standard and third-party Java's API when writing own applications.
  4. Understand the basic principles of creating Java applications with graphical user interface (GUI).
  5. Create a rich user-interface applications using modern API like JAVAFX and others.
  6. Understand fundamental concepts of computer science: structure of computational process, algorithms and complexity of computation.
  7. Understand the basic approaches to designing software application and implementing the design using Java programming language.

Indicative Assessment

  • Homework and Labs (10%)
  • Assignments (30%)
  • Mid-Semester Test (10%)
  • Final Theory/Lab Examination (50%)

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One two-hour lecture and one one-hour lecture each week for 12 weeks. One two-hour practical lab session for each of 8 weeks.Naturally a considerable amount of self study is expected; with an approximate 120 hours of work for the course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed COMP6710.

Prescribed Texts

Core Java for the Impatient, 2015 edition or later, by Cay S Horstmann (Addison-Wesley Professional, ISBN 9780321996329)

Preliminary Reading

Java Concepts, 6th Ed, by Cay Horstmann, John Wiley, ISBN 978-0-470-50947-0

Other recommended resources will be listed on the course webpage.

Assumed Knowledge

A degree in the sciences or engineering would be an advantage. Students with no programming background are advised to undertake some personal study of the Java language before taking this course.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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