SWE 510 Object-Oriented Programming in Java Syllabus

Fall 2015 Section 001

Instructor Information



Office Location & Hours

Adjunct Professor: James Baldo Jr.


Available by appointment





Office Location & Hours

Supriya Murudka


Available by appointment

General Information


Introduces students to programming in the Java language. Topics include problem-solving methods and algorithm development, program structures, abstract data types, simple data and file structures and program development in a modular, object-oriented manner. Introductory use of OO language features, including data hiding, inheritance, polymorphism, and exception handling.

Expectations and Goals

Goals include design and development of Java classes and class type hierarchies. Emphasis on program development is reinforced through several programming projects.

Scheduled Meeting Times

Section 001: Thursday 7:20 pm – 10:00 pm; Arts and Design Building L008

Course Materials

Required Materials

Course materials, quizzes, assignments, and announcements will be available on Blackboard.

Required Text

Paul Deitel and Harvey Deitel. Java: How to Program – Early Objects 10th Edition. Pearson, 2014, . Required.

·         Some assignments may require programming techniques not covered in the required text. I will provide pointers to online material at the appropriate time. Required

·         Noted that the Java: How to Program – Early Objects book website provides several resources that complement the course lectures, quizzes, and assignment. Recommended

·         Online Java documentation is available from Oracle. Recommended


Attendance is mandatory. Class is scheduled during the semester every Thursday during the Fall 2015 Semester from 7:20 PM to 10:00 PM. Attendance is monitored.

GMU Email Accounts

Please use the instructor’s email address for class questions. You must use your Mason email account for all email correspondence having anything to do with your work at Mason. Federal laws protecting your privacy rights require that we only communicate student information directly to students - and use of the university email system is our only way to validate your identity on email. You may forward your campus email elsewhere, but we can respond only to a Mason email account.

Course Requirements and Grading

The course grade is based on one 3 hour comprehensive final examination. All required coursework must be completed by the stated due dates and times. Late assignments will not be accepted, no make-up for missed quizzes, and no make-up test will be given for the final examination.

·         Assignments and Quizzes:             55%

·         Final Exam:                                 45%

All required coursework for this class is to be performed independently. Please read the information about GMU and CS Department Academic Integrity and Honor Code Policies at


These policies will be strictly enforced.

If you have a documented learning disability or other condition that may affect academic performance you should:

 1) Make sure this documentation is on file with the Office of Disability Services (SUB I, Rm. 4205; 993-2474; http://ods.gmu.edu/) to determine the accommodations you need; and

2) Talk with me to discuss your accommodation needs no later than the first lecture.

Important Dates

First day of class: 3 September 2015

Last day to drop without Tuition Penalty: 8 September 2015
Final Drop Deadline with 67% Tuition Penalty: 2 October 2015
Last class: 10 December 2015

Final Examination: 17 December 2015, 7:30 pm - 10:15 pm

Tentative List of Topics:

All lecture slides are available for download on the Blackboard SWE510 Course Page.

All assignments descriptions will be made available on the Blackboard SWE510 Course Page.

All assignments are submitted on via the Blackboard SWE510 Course Page.






Course Schedule







3 Sep

SWE 510 Course Overview || Introduction to Java Applications; Input / Output and Operators

Deitel Book – Chapter 2




10 Sep

Introduction to Classes, Objects, Methods, and Strings ||

Deitel Book – Chapters 3 

Assignment 1

Quiz 1


17 Sep

Control Statements: Part 1; Assignment, ++ and --Operators || Control Statements: Part 2; Logical Operators

Deitel Book – Chapters 4 & 5

Assignment 2

Quiz 2


24 Sep

Methods” A Deeper Look

Deitel Book – Chapter 6

 Assignment 3

Quiz 3


1 Oct

Arrays and ArrayLists

Deitel Book – Chapter 7

Assignment 4

Quiz 4


8 Oct

Classes and Objects: A Deeper Look || Object-Oriented Programming: Inheritance

Deitel Book – Chapter 8 & 9

Assignment 5 - Cancelled

Quiz 5 - Cancelled


15 Oct

Object-Oriented Programming: Polymorphism and Interfaces

Deitel Book – Chapter 10

Assignment 6

Quiz 6


22 Oct

Exception Handling: A Deeper Look

Deitel Book – Chapter 11

Assignment 7

Quiz 7


29 Oct

Generic collections

Deitel Book – Chapter 16

Assignment 8

Quiz 8


5 Nov

Searching, Sorting and Big O

Deitel Book – Chapters 19

Assignment 9

Quiz 9


12 Nov

Generics Classes and Methods || Custom Generic Data Structures

Deitel Book – Chapter 20 & 21

Assignment 10

Quiz 10


19 Nov


Deitel Book – Chapter 23

Assignment 11

Quiz 11


26 Nov

Thanksgiving – No Class





3 Dec

Java SE 8 Lambdas and Streams || Recursion

Deitel Book - Chapters 17 & 18

No Assignment



10 Dec

JavaFX GUI: Part 1

Deitel Book – Chapter 25

No Assignment

No Quiz








Exam Schedule



17 Dec

Final Examination