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COMP 3601 - Application Development with Java

Computer Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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Course Details

​This fourth-level computer programming course follows on from COMP 2601 and assumes students have prior knowledge of object-oriented programming using Java. COMP 3601 starts with Java Standard Edition (SE) using the Java core APIs and the Eclipse IDE. Students practice the coding style and naming conventions used to build and deploy commercial quality Java applications. Students must provide their own current model PC, i5 or higher equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM minimum, and 256 GB minimum storage. High-speed internet access is needed for online sections and for homework. Labs and exercises focus using a variety of skills to debug programs and using design patterns to develop advanced applications in Java. Topics include: packages, inner classes, file I/O, an overview of database connectivity, an introduction to concurrency, user interfaces, model-view-controller and other design patterns. In the second half of COMP 3601 students are transitioned to Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) foundations for an introduction to Java web tier development. Labs and exercises focus on the design and how to build, deploy and distribute Java web applications into application servers. Topics include: Maven, Servlet and Java Server Pages (JSP). Additional topics include configuration of Java containers like Apache Tomcat or Jboss. Please Note: Attendance, participation in class and the BCIT Learning Hub are required. Students may have an average total time commitment of 14 total hours each week; 3 hours of class time, a 1-hour online component and 10+ hours of homework. COMP 3601 is the prerequisite for COMP 4613 - Advanced Java Web Development offered in September. Both courses are required in the Advanced Java Application Development (AJD) Associate Certificate and are electives the CST/PTS Diploma Upon completion, successful students will be able to build and deploy well designed basic Java Web applications. This course replaces both COMP 2613 and COMP 3656 as of September 2021.


COMP 2601





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 48294

Mon Sep 13 - Mon Dec 06 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 13 - Dec 06 Mon 18:00 - 21:00 Online
Sep 13 - Dec 06 Online


Paul Mills

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Please email for Departmental approval. Include your Student number (A0#) and COMP__ and preferred CRN __ and Program Declaration____. Course is 48 hours - 36 hours synchronous online classes and 12 hours asynchronous activities/labs. The class meets once per week for 3 hours online and requires an additional 1 hour per week asynchronously. Due to the substantial time required on labs and assignments, students are advised not to take any other programming language courses simultaneously. Late registration is not permitted. No class on October 11.
  4. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate Model-View-Controller design through Java application, and other advanced object-oriented development design patterns.
  • Further explore concurrent programming concepts.
  • Implement graphical user interfaces using basic Swing GUI components and listeners for event handling.
  • Understand the basics of client-server architecture through an introduction to network programming.
  • Use the Java collection framework and serialization to manage and save object data.
  • Develop an understanding Java's relationship to database using JDBC protocols.
  • Build and deploy Java web application in any Application Server using Maven, and Eclipse.
  • Launch and configure JBoss Application Server from command line as well as from Eclipse.
  • Create Java web applications using Servlet and JSPs.
  • Create, read, update and delete data from a database using Java web applications.
  • Examine the role of Java Servlets as web application controllers.
  • Configure and customize a simple web application server.
  • Analyze and apply web application design architecture.
  • Create and design web application deployment descriptors.
  • Use annotations to define web applications' components.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2021

Related Programs

COMP 3601 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Advanced Java Development
    Part-time   Associate Certificate
  2. Applied Software Development (ASD)
    Part-time   Associate Certificate
  3. Computer Systems
    Part-time   Diploma

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