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This module serves as the Preface to material for the course, ITSE 2321 - Object-Oriented Programming (Java), which Prof. Baldwin teaches at Austin Community College in Austin, TX.

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Welcome to the course material for ITSE 2321 - Object-Oriented Programming (Java) , which I teach at Austin Community College in Austin, TX.

The college website for this course is: (External Link)

Course description

As of November 2012, the description for this course reads:

"ITSE 2321 - Object-Oriented Programming (Java)

Introduction to object-oriented programming. Emphasis on the fundamentals of structured design with classes, including development, testing, implementation, and documentation. Includes object-oriented programming techniques, classes, and objects."

Course prerequisite

The prerequisite for the course is COSC 1336 or department approval.

As of November 2012, the description for the prerequisite course reads:

"COSC 1336 - Programming Fundamentals I

Introduces 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. This course requires the same math skills necessary for College Algebra. Students should either have taken or be currently enrolled in College Algebra or a course that requires College Algebra."

Prerequisite waiver

Beginning in August of 2013, you might want to petition the department head for a waiver of the prerequisite course if you meet the following requirements:

Prior to enrolling

I recommend that you understand and be able to answer at least 80-percent of the questions in modules Ap0005: Preface to OOP Self-Assessment through Ap0060: Self-assessment, More on Arrays in a "closed-book" setting.

I also recommend that you understand and can write at least 80-percent of the programs in the Challenge program questions in modules Ap0005: Preface to OOP Self-Assessment through Ap0060: Self-assessment, More on Arrays in a "closed-book" setting.

I also recommend that you read and/or study all of the modules in Programming Fundamentals in whatever depth is necessary to ensure that you can answer at least 80-percent of the questions posed on the Review pages of that bookin a "closed-book" setting.

Course material

This course material consists of a more than 30 different modules arranged in the following major sections:

  • Essence of OOP
  • Multimedia
  • The Java Collections Framework
  • Practice Programs
  • Java Documentation

Essence of OOP

The modules in the Essence of OOP section are more or less theoretical in nature.Sample programs in this section are intended to illustrate the OOP concepts being discussed with no effort being made to cause those programs to have anyrelation to real-world applications.


The modules in the Multimedia section are intended to illustrate OOP concepts using sample programs that clearly represent real-world applications. Inparticular, most of the sample programs in this section use OOP concepts to manipulate digital images of the sort that are produced by your digital camera. (See some examples in Java3000: The Guzdial-Ericson Multimedia Class Library .)

The Java Collections Framework

The modules in this section are intended to help you learn about The Java Collections Framework . Once you learn how to use the framework, it is unlikely that you will need to reinvent common data structures, search algorithms, orsorting algorithms again, because those capabilities are neatly packaged within the framework.

Java Documentation

As the name suggests, the material in this section is intended to show you how to access and how to use the standard Java documentation.


I encourage you to take advantage of all of the download options that OpenStax hasto offer in order to customize this material for use in your organized courses or for personal self study. If you elect to download the book in the Offline ZIP format, see the book titled OpenStax Download Cleaner for instructions on how to make that material more useful than it mightotherwise be.

And if you find the material useful, I would like to hear more about how you are using it.


This section contains a variety of miscellaneous information.

Housekeeping material
  • Module name: Jy0020: Java OOP: Preface to ITSE 2321
  • File: Jy0020.htm
  • Published: 11/25/12

Financial : Although the Connexions site makes it possible for you to download aPDF file for this module at no charge, and also makes it possible for you to purchase a pre-printed version of the PDF file, youshould be aware that some of the HTML elements in this module may not translate well into PDF.

I also want you to know that I receive no financial compensation from the Connexions website even if you purchase the PDF version ofthe module.

In the past, unknown individuals have copied my modules from cnx.org, converted them to Kindle books, and placed them for sale onAmazon.com showing me as the author. I neither receive compensation for those sales nor do I know who does receive compensation. If youpurchase such a book, please be aware that it is a copy of a module that is freely available on cnx.org and that it was made andpublished without my prior knowledge.

Affiliation : I am a professor of Computer Information Technology at Austin Community College in Austin, TX.


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