BIF812 - Concepts of Programming with Java

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Subject Title
Concepts of Programming with Java

Subject Description
This course will continue to develop the student's programming skills. A key focus of the course will be object-oriented concepts, introduced via the Java programming language. Originally designed as a language for controlling embedded devices, Java quickly established itself as an ideal language for developing platform-neutral solutions accessible via the Internet. Java is popular in the bioinformatics community as well, and some time will be spent examining selected classes of the Biojava project.

Students will be introduced to stand-alone and web-based software development using Java, with an emphasis on solving basic bioinformatics-oriented problems. An introduction to XML and its use in bioinformatics will also be included.

Credit Status
1 Credit towards the Bioinformatics Ontario Graduate Certificate program.

Prerequisites: All first semester BIF subjects.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • explain object-oriented concepts and apply them to the design and creation of software programs, using Java
  • explain basic concepts of XML and explain how XML can be applied to bioinformatics data management
  • apply the Java programming language to create web-enabled and stand-alone programs that solve basic bioinformatics and general programming problems
  • apply appropriate parts of bioinformatics APIs such as Biojava to the solution of basic bioinformatics and general programming problems
  • apply existing general-purpose Java libraries to the solution of basic bioinformatics and general programming problems
  • deploy completed code in a production environment, and test the application as a whole
  • methodically test and debug Java programs
  • use software utilities to edit, compile and run Java programs
  • compose technical program documentation for Java programs using internal comments and the Javadoc utility
  • use relevant technical documentation to obtain the details necessary to apply Java to the solution of bioinformatics-related programming problems

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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