AP Computer Science A: Java Programming Classes and Objects

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    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:

    • classes
    • objects and object-oriented design
    • fields and visibility
    • constructors, mutators and accessor methods
    • encapsulation
    • interfaces
    • the List interface
    • method overriding

    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
    • Scope
    • Method overloading
    • Encapsulation
    • Accessors and mutators
    • Immutable objects

    Unit Name or Timeframe: Interfaces (1 week)

    • Interfaces and abstraction
    • Interface implementation
    • Reference types
    • List interface and iterators
    • Comparable interface

    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
    • Method overriding
    • The instanceof operator

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    • 16-01-2018FECHA INICIO
    • Purdue University
    • Sunil Prabhakar, Debbie Perouli and Phil Sands

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