Unit description

This is an advanced unit that introduces elements of HCI (human-computer interaction) and builds upon the principles of object-oriented design and the object-oriented programming skills studied earlier in the course. Design patterns, modelling languages, interactive techniques and formal methods are used to develop and evaluate graphical user interfaces. The unit will teach programmers the necessary skills required to develop efficient and easy to use graphical user interfaces at the application program interface level.

Unit content

Topic 1: History and Development of GUIs 
Topic 2: GUI Libraries and Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 
Topic 3: Basic GUI component programming (components, containers, events and dialogs) 
Topic 4: Rapid Application development (RAD) 
Topic 5: Components and event handling 
Topic 6: Scrolling and development models 
Topic 7: Usability evaluation 
Topic 8: UML for GUI development 
Topic 9: Design Patterns for GUI Development 
Topic 10: Menus and more layout managers
Topic 11: Graphics and sound

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • You may have already purchased this book for ISY00246: Liang, YD, 2013, Introduction to Java Programming: Comprehensive Version, 9th edn, Pearson Education, USA. ISBN: 978-0-13-293652-1.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hour (10 weeks)
Assignment Stage 1, 2 and 35%
Assignment Stage 4 and 515%
Assignment Stage 6 and 730%
Exam: closed book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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