IT 313 Advanced Application Development

Steve Jost

Office: CDM 744
Fall 2023-2024
Class number: 13018
Section number: 410
OLASY NCHOP Online Campus


Development of complex applications through the use and development of APIs. Appropriate selection of common data structures (hash tables, trees, stacks, queues, networks) and design patterns for use in API development. Prerequisite: IT 212


Cay Horstmann, Big Java Late Objects, Any Edition, Wiley, 2013.


  • Grading Breakdown: Projects 40%,  D2L Midterm Exam: 10%; D2L Final Exam: 30%; D2L Practice Quizzes: 10%; Attendance: 10%.
  • Grading Scale: 94-100:A, 89-93:A-, 85-88:B+, 80-84:B, 75-79:B-, 70-74:C+, 65-69: C, 60-64: C-, 55-59: D+, 50-54: D, 0-49:F.
  • Late penalties: 10% per day; officially, no projects will be accepted more than 10 days late. If you have extenuating circumstances, contact the instructor to discuss your situation. If your situation warrents, the late penalties can be reduced, but not totally eliminated.
  • There will be two exams in this class: a D2L Multiple Choice Midterm Exam, and a Proctored Final Exam.
  • Projects cannot be resubmitted except under special circumstances. 


IT 212.

Additional Regulations

  • No late assignments will be accepted after the Sunday following finals week, 11:59pm.
  • All projects must be submitted on D2L.
  • Attendance counts for 10% of your grade.  Students in the asynchronous section submit study logs to obtain credit for attendance.  See the class news items for details about study logs.
  • An incomplete is hard to get in CDM. It is usually only allowed for a major illness (typically requiring hospitalization) or a death in the family. In any case documentation is required, which must be submitted to the Dean of Students Office.
  • More than one half of the work must be completed for the course for a student's incomplete request to be considered.
  • If you have trouble submitting any project, email the completed project to the professor to prove that you completed it on time, then submit the assignment on the D2L system as soon as possible.
  • Submitting a wrong version is not a reason to waive a late penalty for a project.
  • Class registration is not allowed after the first week of class.
  • Students should keep backup copies of all submitted projects, in case a wrong version is submitted.
  • Extra credit assignments are not given.
  • This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be announced during the class and posted on the course announcements page.

Java constants, data types, variables, basic calculations. Introduction to IntelliJ IDE. Control structures (if-else, switch, while, and for statements).

Arrays, loops, static methods, builtin classes, sequential processing, refactoring. User defined classes, traditional tests, unit tests, exception handling, file I/O. Object oriented design, ArrayList collections, packages vs. modules, JAR files. Inheritance, polymorphism, abstract classes, HashMap collections. Interfaces, object oriented design, collection frameworks, serialization. Software patterns. More software patterns, using SQLite databases. SQLite databases, multi-threading Java related technologies.

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
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