Course Syllabus

Programming Fundamentals I

COSC 1436

Semester with Course Reference Number (CRN)

Summer 2013

Instructor contact information (phone number and email address)

Pham Dai Xuan

Tel.:  (84-8) 37155033, ext. 1551




Nguyen Hai Son

Tel.:  (84-8) 37155033, ext. 1684


Office Location and Hours

Office: Room 708, Saigontech Tower, Quang Trung Software City

Office Hours: 7:30 – 17:00

Course Location/Times


    Room L208, Saigontech Tower, Quang Trung Software City

    Tuesday, 13:00 - 15:00

    Thursday, 13:00 - 15:00


    Room L708, Saigontech Tower, Quang Trung Software City

    Wednesday, 9:45 – 11:45

    Friday, 9:45 – 11:45

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Course Description:

The main focus of this course is to introduce the fundamental concepts of structured programming.  Topics include software development methodology, data types, control structures, functions, arrays, and the mechanics of running, testing, and debugging.  This course assumes computer literacy.

To introduce the student to a variety of terms, definitions, and concepts that apply to the structure programming. Students will learn fundamentals of Java, decisions structures, loops and files, methods, classes, GUI applications, and Arrays in Java.

Course Prerequisite(s)


  • MATH 1314


  • College Level Reading
  • College Level Mathematics
  • College Level Writing

Academic Discipline/CTE Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

1. Identify the fundamental principles of programming, including those of algorithm analysis, software design, operating systems, and database

2. Design and develop computer programs that are correct, simple, clear, efficient, well organized, and well documented

3. Know and be able to apply important data structures and algorithms

4. Understand the hardware and software aspects of computer systems that support application software development

5. Develop software engineering proficiency

Course Student Learning Outcomes (SLO): 4 to 7

1. Compiling and running a Java program

2. Understanding control statements in Java

3. Understanding how to write a method, parameters and return values of a method

4. Writing classes and creating objects

5. Introduction to simple GUI applications, event handling mechanism

6. Using arrays and processing array elements

Learning Objectives (Numbering system should be linked to SLO - e.g., 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc.)

1. Compiling and running a Java program

    1.1. Programming languages

    1.2. Programming process

    1.3. Java fundamentals

    1.4. Displaying console output

2. Understanding control statements in Java

    2.1. Decision statements

    2.2. Loop statements

3. Understanding how to write a method, parameters and return values of a method

    3.1. Method declaration

    3.2. Passing arguments to a method

    3.3. Local variables in a method

    3.4. Returning a value from a method

4. Writing classes and creating objects

    4.1. Introducing classes and objects

    4.2. Instance fields and methods

    4.3. Constructors

    4.4. Overloading methods, constructors

    4.5. Scope of instance fields

5. Introduction to simple GUI applications, event handling mechanism

    5.1. Creating windows

    5.2. Layout managers

    5.3. Radio buttons, check boxes

    5.4. Borders

6. Using arrays and processing array elements

    6.1. Introduction to arrays

    6.2. Processing array elements

    6.3. Passing arrays as arguments to methods

    6.4. Returning arrays from methods

    6.5. String arrays, arrays of objects

    6.6. Multi-dimensional arrays

    6.7. ArrayList class

Instructional Methods

Face to Face

Instructor's Requirements

As a student wanting to learn about the Java language, it is your responsibility to read the textbook and the supplemental materials posted in the blackboard, complete assignments in time, participate in the classroom exercises and activities, and attend class regularly.


As I believe that engaging the students in the learning is essential for teaching to be effective, you will spend the majority of class time involved in collaborative activities. You will be involved in class exercises, collaborate with your classmates and your instructor.  As you will want to contribute to these discussions, you will need to come to class prepared to discuss, analyze and evaluate information from your text and other assigned readings.

Course Policies on Make-up Exams, Late Assignments, Tardiness

Students are expected to take each exam on the scheduled dates.


Make-up exams are not guaranteed, but are granted at the discretion of the instructor. If make-up exams are allowed, it is necessary to make arrangements with the instructor prior to exam date.


Students will not be able to submit assignments, projects after the due/closing date.

Grading Scheme

A = 100- 90

B = 89 – 80

C = 79 – 70

D = 69 – 60

F = 59 and below

The passing grade of this course is D.

Instructor Grading Criteria

In-class Test 1:                                    10%

In-class Test 2:                                    10%

Homework Assignments, Projects:      30%

Mid-term Exam:                                   25%

Final Exam:                                          25%

Instructional Materials

Tony Gaddis, Starting Out with Java from Control Structures through Objects, 4th Edition, Chapters 1-8, Person Education International, 2010.


Course Calendar







Tue, Jun. 11

Introduction to the course

Introduction to computers and Java


Chapter 1

Wed, Jun. 12

Tutor Session


Thu, Jun. 13

Java fundamentals

Variables, primitive data types

Arithmetic operations

Combined assigned statements

Chapter 2

Fri, Jun. 14

Tutor Session



Tue, Jun. 18

String class


Reading keyboard input

Chapter 2

Wed, Jun. 19

Tutor Session


Thu, Jun. 20

if statement

Logical operators

Chapter 3

Fri, Jun. 21

Tutor Session



Tue, Jun. 25

Comparing String objects

Variable declaration and scope

switch statements

Chapter 3

Wed, Jun. 26

Tutor Session


Thu, Jun. 27

In-Class Test 1

Fri, Jun. 28

Tutor Session



Tue, Jul. 2

while loop

do-while loop

Chapter 4

Wed, Jul. 3

Tutor Session


Thu, Jul. 4

for loop

Nested loop

The break and continue statements

Chapter 4

Fri, Jul. 5

Tutor Session



Tue, Jul. 9


Passing arguments to a method

Chapter 5

Wed, Jul. 10

Tutor Session


Thu, Jul. 11

Local variables

Returning a value from a method

Chapter 5

Fri, Jul. 12

Tutor Session



Tue, Jul. 16

Problem solving with methods

Chapter 5

Wed, Jul. 17

Tutor Session


Thu, Jul. 18

Mid-term Exam

Fri, Jul. 19

Tutor Session



Tue, Jul. 23

Classes and objects

Instance fields and methods

Chapter 6

Wed, Jul. 24

Tutor Session


Thu, Jul. 25


Overloading methods and constructors

Chapter 6

Fri, Jul. 26

Tutor Session



Tue, Jul. 30

Scope of instance fields

Import statements

Chapter 6

Wed, Jul. 31

Tutor Session


Thu, Aug. 1

Focus on OOP design

Chapter 6

Fri, Aug.2

Tutor Session



Tue, Aug. 6

Creating windows

Chapter 7

Wed, Aug. 7

Tutor Session


Thu, Aug. 8

In-Class Test 2

Fri, Aug. 9

Tutor Session



Tue, Aug. 13

Layout managers

Radio buttons and check boxes

Chapter 7

Wed, Aug. 14

Tutor Session


Thu, Aug. 15

Extending classes from JPanel

Chapter 7

Fri, Aug. 16

Tutor Session



Tue, Aug. 20

Introduction to arrays

Processing array elements

Chapter 8

Wed, Aug. 21

Tutor Session


Thu, Aug. 22

Final Exam

Fri, Aug. 23

Tutor Session



Tue, Aug. 27

Passing arrays as arguments to methods

Returning arrays from methods

String arrays

Arrays of objects

Chapter 8

Wed, Aug. 28

Tutor Session


Thu, Aug. 29

Multi-dimensional arrays

ArrayList class

Chapter 8

Fri, Aug. 30

Tutor Session





Exam Format



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Open/Close Book

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2, 3, 4, 5







6, 7