Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2018-2019 (archived)


Department: Computer Science


Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Not available in 2018/19 Module Cap
Tied to


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • The main teaching language in the programme will be Java. This presents an advanced module assuming that the student is already familiar with Java (if a student's main language is not Java, they will be set work over the preceding summer vacation to reach speed). The module will also cover advanced skills in UML and OO design. Applications will be focused on distribution systems.


  • Objects and classes in Java
  • Inheritance, abstract classes and interfaces
  • Java Collections Exceptions
  • JDBC
  • HTTP, servlets and JSP
  • IDEs
  • UML
  • Design Patterns

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Specialist knowledge of advanced features of the Java programming language, in particular those used in internet or distributed applications
  • Specialist knowledge of UML-based design and Design patterns
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Practical design skills: UML designs; use of Java for advanced distributed applications
  • Design integration: using UML in software development; tools
  • Engineering of distributed software systems
  • Propose and evaluate a range of designs for an information system
Key Skills:
  • Professional skills: modelling; problem solving; documentation and comprehension tools; scaling up - large systems and efficiency; evolution and maintenance

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • 1 week's intensive directed reading and accompanying laboratory exercises lay the foundations of the required knowledge. This knowledge is further developed during 5 days of lectures, tutorials, and reading. The student then applies the knowledge spending two weeks undertaking a major laboratory assignment.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 6 Weeks 1 and 2 2 hours 12
Tutorials 4 Weeks 3 and 4 2 hours 8
Preparation and Readings 130
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Laboratory report Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Laboratory report 100%

Formative Assessment:

Staged written feedback and/or formative exercises. Level of success in practical programming exercises, using written feedback.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University