Ticket # 14364

Updated 9/15/2015



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Ronald P. Kessler, Ph.D., MCSE

Murach's Java Programming 4th Edition
by Joel Murach

23 chapters, 802 pages, 340 illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-890774-65-3


Course Objectives

Introduction to JAVA SE 8 programming is designed to help you learn how to create programs for Microsoft® Windows using Java Standard Edition. This is not a beginning course in programming. If you have never programmed before, you should not attempt this class. At least two semesters of C++ or C# will certainly help you learn JAVA. I want you to become familiar with the terminology and the use of JAVA FX Swing so that you can develop the skills necessary to learn programming as either a hobby or a future career. A good deal of emphasis this semester will be placed upon the creation of Windows programs in order to demonstrate how to solve real-world problems with today’s technology.


Your final grade in my class will be based on the total number of points you earn. I plan to give you 5 quizzes and two exams. You will also build projects in class for points as well. The grade which you earn will be based upon the total amount of points you receive on the in-class activities, quizzes, and exams. An exam will be given at the midterm and end of the semester.

Grades are based on the following criteria:

90%= A
80%= B
70%= C
60%= D

The total possible points in the course will be approximately as follows:

Tests          200    (2 exams @ 100)

Quizzes       200

Lab Projects 150   Lab projects can NOT be made up.

TOTAL         550

Class Format

I teach this class in an interactive way. I usually introduce a topic and use the first part of class either lecturing or demonstrating stuff to you. I try use the remainder of our time letting you practice what you have learned and give you time to complete that day’s activity. It is my intention that you complete these activities in class. Unless you miss a class or run out of time, you should not have to finish activities outside of class. Any programming projects/jobs that I assign will need to be completed outside of class.

I will be available after class to help you or give you extra time to work. It is always possible to meet before class if you arrange that with me ahead of time.

Class Drops

If you decide to drop this (or any) course during the semester, please drop the class yourself.  Do not depend on your instructors to handle this for you. We do our best to keep track of your status, but it is better if you make sure your records are accurate yourself. You must drop a course before the end of the 12th week of school.

Accommodations for Disabilities

Students with verifiable disabilities who want to request academic accommodations are responsible for notifying their instructor and Disabled Students Programs and Service (DSPS) as early as possible in the semester.  To arrange for accommodations, contact DSPS at (714) 628-4860, (714) 639-9742 (TTY) or stop by the DSPS Center


It is possible to take a make-up exam or quiz during the semester (EXCLUDING THE FINAL) if the exam is missed due to illness or other emergency. Please contact me right away if you cannot attend class when we are having an exam so I can help you with the best solution for your situation.

Student Code of Conduct/Civility/Cell Phones/Internet Use

  • Full details may be obtained from the SCC Student Handbook. At a minimum, I expect you to treat each others (and your instructor) politely and with respect. This includes turning off all cell phones (or muting them), participating in class, and arriving in a timely manner. Please remember that personal conversation during lecture time is distracting to your fellow students. Collaboration on a project is an exception, of course.

  • Please turn off cell phones before entering class. Do not make/receive calls during class time.

  • I may turn the internet off during lectures because it is simply too distracting to others. During lab time or before class I will be glad to turn it on for you.


You are encouraged to work with other students in the class, but all work that you turn in for grading must be your own. Taking credit for another students work is plagiarism and is a violation of SCC academic policy. You will be reported for academic dishonesty. Don't let this happen to you! Remember, all work that you turn in for grading must be your original work.

Specific Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to assimilate and integrate the major components in modern OOP languages. This includes an understanding of classes, objects, properties, methods, and events.
  2. Students will be able to conceive of new software solutions using inheritance, polymorphism, and shared functions.
  3. Students will be able to extrapolate their knowledge of JAVA SE 7 and .NET framework to develop innovative software solutions for both Windows and Web platforms.


The number of projects and the points possible for exams, projects and activities are subject to change without notice. This information is intended to be an accurate overview of this course so you will know what to expect during the semester. But sometimes, we will need to modify this plan.

The Rancho Santiago Community College District is happy to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. It is your responsibility to inform me if you have such needs.