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COMP 1131: Computer Programming 1

This course provides problem solving and computer programming skills for students with no prior experience in the area of programming. Students will be using Java, a high-level, object-oriented computer programming language, to learn the fundamentals of computer programming including how to write, compile and execute programs. Some familiarity with computers is beneficial.

Learning outcomes

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate sound techniques for designing, developing, and documenting well-structured programs using software-engineering principles.
  • Illustrate fundamental programming aspects through the Java programming language.
  • Apply problem-solving skills that will provide a foundation for more advanced programming courses using an OOP (object-oriented programming) methodology.
  • Implement basic programming logic in Java, including declaring variables, arithmetic, decisions, and iterative loops.

Course topics

The chapter titles in the text book are a good indicator of the topics covered in this course:

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Data and Expressions
  • Module 3: Using Classes and Objects
  • Module 4: Conditionals and Loops
  • Module 5: Writing Classes
  • Module 6: Arrays
  • Module 7: Recursion

Required text and materials

Students will receive the following:

  1. Lewis, J., DePasquale, P., & Chase, J. Java foundations: Introduction to program design and data structures (5th ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson. Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-0-13-520597-6

Additional requirements

  • A computer and Internet access.

  • Java Programming Language

  • Microsoft Office or other Office software to view to view Power Point presentations.

Note: As a programming course, you will also require a development environment to compile and run your programs. Module 1 includes detailed instructions on installing a Java Interactive Development Environment (IDE).


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Quiz 1 2%
Assignment 1 : Data and Expressions 4%
Quiz 2 2%
Assignment 2 : Using Classes and Objects 4%
Quiz 3 2%
Assignment 3 : Conditionals and Loops 8%
Quiz 4 2%
Assignment 4 : Writing Classes 12%
Quiz 5 2%
Assignment 5 : Arrays and Recursion 12%
Final Exam (mandatory) 50%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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