Advanced Java Programming

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 231

       Course Name: Advanced Java Programming

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines topics in various Java technologies. Content includes inner classes, multithreading, reflection, collection classes, Swing, TCP/IP networking, Java database connectivity (JDBC), remote method invocation (RMI), CORBA (interactive data language), servlets, and Java server pages (JSP). Students will be able to develop distributed object applications and write Web pages using advanced server side programming through servlets and Java server pages. Recommended: CIS 211 or comparable knowledge or consent of the instructor or program coordinator.

IV.   Learning Objectives

This course covers topics in various Java technologies.  After completing this course, the student will be able to develop distributed business applications, develop web pages using advanced server-side programming through servlets and Java server pages.

In addition, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate approaches for performance and effective coding
  2. Develop Java client/server applications

Understand and write program instructions for the following:

  1. Inner class interface
  2. Reflection
  3. Collection classes
  4. Advanced swing
  5. Multithreading
  6. Networking (TCP/IP)
  7. JDBC (architecture, drivers and API)
  8. Servlets and JSP
  9. Client/server using remote method invocation
  10. Java IDL (interfacing with CORBA clients/servers)
  11. Remote method invocation (RMI)

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Review
    1. Java programming environment
    2. Objects and Classes
    3. User Interfaces
    4. Graphics Programming
    5. Applets
    6. Exceptions and Debugging
  2. Multithreading
    1. Running
    2. Properties
    3. Interrupting
    4. Groups
  3. Collections
    1. Collection interfaces
    2. Concrete collection
    3. Collections framework
    4. Legacy collections
  4. Networking
    1. Connecting to a server
    2. Sending e-mail
    3. URL connections
  5. Database Connectivity: JDBC
    1. SQL Language
    2. JDBC programming concepts
    3. Populating a database
    4. Executing queries
  6. Remote Objects
    1. Remote method invocations
    2. Setting up remote method invocations
    3. Parameter passing
    4. Java IDL and CORBA
  7. Swing
    1. Trees
    2. Tables
    3. Sliders and progress meters
    4. Tool bars and tool tips
    5. Component organizers
  8. Advanced AWT
  9. JavaBeans
  10. Security

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture and computer laboratory sessions will be the primary instruments of instruction. Attendance is not mandatory. However, the student will be responsible for the material presented only in the lecture and/or in the lab session. Attendance may play a role in deciding the border line grades.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading: Students will be expected to read text book and research appropriate manuals as needed.
Writing:  Interactive programming requires student to be able to write screen and other instructions using clear and syntactically correct English.
Computer:  Students will use computers to create, test and debug a variety of programs.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students will be evaluated on quality of programs, other written assignments, quizzes, and exams as specified by the instructor.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.