Open to: Grades 9-12
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required
Course Format: Individually Paced
Course Length: Typically 3 months
Recommended School Credit: One-half academic year
Course Code: IJA
This course introduces students to the basic features of the Java programming language.
Students will learn about:
Typical assignments and projects include using built-in and programmer-defined classes, performing basic input and output operations, and solving programming problems like encrypting/decrypting messages and simulation. At the end of the course, students submit a comprehensive final examination.
Upon successful completion, students will be prepared to study more advanced topics in the next level course, Advanced Java Programming.
The core textbook for the course can be purchased online.
Introduction to Java Programming and Data Structures, Comprehensive Version, by Y. Daniel Liang [11th Edition]
Students who have the previous edition of the textbook can continue to use it. Reading assignments for each unit are listed for both editions.
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.
Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but in some cases assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.
Chromebooks are not recommended due to required downloading of specialized software.
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