Diploma in Java (SE) Programming via Online Distance Learning

Enrolment date: 27 April 2018

There are now billions of Java enabled devices worldwide and as skilled Java Programmers are now in demand, this course will enhance participant's basic Java skills which have been acquired through the completion of a standard Java course.


This Java Programming Diploma covers areas such as; Java Server Pages, Ajax Enabled Java Server Faces and XML & RSS. The Diploma in Java Programming provides the complete preparation for both the Oracle Certified Java Associate Exam and the Oracle Certified Java Programmer Exam. This course is also designed to help novices become literate in Java Programming and experienced programmers become skilled Java developers.


The course also introduces UML (Unified Modelling Language) which is used to design software before it is created. This is particularly important for candidates for the Oracle Certified Java Associate Exam but is of benefit to all Java Programmers.This course is certified by the Institute of Commercial Management and the Diploma qualification is recognised in over 140 countries worldwide.

Overview of Java Applications

Creating Your First Java program, Compiling and running a Java Applications, Modifying a Java Program, Displaying Text with printf, Using Variables and simple arithmetic, Getting user input with class Scanner, Decision Making: Equality and Relational Operators.

Using Classes and Objects

Classes, Objects, Methods and Instance Variables, Declaring a Class with a Method and Instantiating an Object of a Class, Declaring a Method with a Parameter, Instance Variables, set Methods and get Methods, Primitive Types vs. Reference Types, Initializing Objects with Constructors, Floating-Point Numbers and Type double.

Control Statements

if Single-Selection Statement, if Ö else Double-Selection Statement, while Repetition Statement, Formulating Algorithms, Repetition Statements, Formulating Algorithms: Nested Control Statements, Compound Assignment Operators, Increment and Decrement Operators, Primitive Types, Essentials of Counter-Controlled Repetition, for Repetition Statement, Examples Using the for Statement, do Ö while Repetition Statement, switch Multiple-Selection Statement, break and continue Statements, Logical Operators.

Methods: A Deeper Look

static Methods, static Fields and Class Math, Declaring Methods with Multiple Parameters, Notes on Declaring and Using Methods, Method-Call Stack and Activation Records, Argument Promotion and Casting, Java API Packages, Generalized Scaling and Shifting of Random Numbers, Scope of Declarations, Method Overloading.


Declaring and Creating Arrays, Examples Using Arrays, Enhanced for Statement, Passing Arrays to Methods, Multidimensional Arrays.

Classes and Objects Advanced

Controlling Access to Members, Referring to the Current Object's Members with the this Reference, Overloaded Constructors, Default and No-Argument Constructors, Composition, Enumerations, Garbage Collection and Method finalize, static Class Members, static Import, final Instance Variables, Time Class Case Study: Creating Packages.


Superclasses and Subclasses, protected Members, Relationship between Superclasses and Subclasses, Creating Class withInheritance, Creating a Inheritance Hierarchy, Inheritance Hierarchy Using protected Instance Variables, Inheritance Hierarchy Using private Instance Variables, Constructors in Subclasses, Software Engineering with Inheritance.


Polymorphism Examples, Demonstrating Polymorphic Behavior, Abstract Classes and Methods, Payroll System Using Polymorphism, Demonstrating Polymorphic Processing, Operator instanceof and Downcasting, Summary of the Allowed Assignments Between Superclass and Subclass Variables, final Methods and Classes, Creating and Using Interfaces, Developing a Payable Hierarchy, Declaring Constants with Interfaces, Common Interfaces of the Java API.

Graphical User Interface Components

Simple GUI-Based Input/Output with JOptionPane, Overview of Swing Components, Displaying Text and Images in a Window, Text Fields and an Introduction to Event Handling with Nested Classes, Common GUI Event Types and Listener Interfaces, How Event Handling Works, JButton component , Buttons That Maintain State, JCheckBox component , JRadioButton component, JComboBox and Using an Anonymous Inner Class for Event Handling, JList component, Mouse Event Handling and Adapter Classes, JPanel Subclass for Drawing with the Mouse, Layout Managers.

Exception Handling

Exception-Handling Overview, Example: Divide by Zero without Exception Handling Examples, Java Exception Hierarchy, finally Block, Stack Unwinding, printStackTrace, getStackTrace and getMessage, Chained Exceptions, Declaring New Exception Types, Assertions.

Files and Streams

Data Hierarchy, Files and Streams, Class File, Sequential-Access Text Files, Creating a Sequential-Access Text File, Reading Data from a Sequential-Access Text File, Updating Sequential-Access Files, Object Serialization, Creating a Sequential-Access File Using Object Serialization, Reading and Deserializing Data from a Sequential-Access File, Additional java.io Classes, Opening Files with JFileChooser.

Methods of Training

Online Lecture Modules, Subject Expert Feedback Sessions after each Module, practical case studies, end of module assignments. etc.

Subject Experts

Full support is available from our subject experts by email at the end of each module and an ongoing basis during the course.

Who Should Apply

Anyone who wishes to develop a career in Java Programming. Selection is based on consultation.

Possible Careers

Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Java Developer, Software engineer, Software Test, Software Design, IT consultant.


Successful candidates are awarded the Diploma in Java Programming Standard Edition (Dip. Java Prog.) at Pass, Credit or Distinction level. The Diploma is awarded by the Institute of Commercial Management.

Certification is awarded by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM).

The Institute of Commercial Management was founded in 1979 and is one of the leading Professional Examination and Certification Bodies in the world today.

Fitzwilliam Institute Group, have developed and provided Practical Skills Training Courses in liaison with the Institute of Commercial Management Qualifications and Certifications framework for over 25 years.

Institute of Commercial Management certifications are recognised throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, South Africa and Asia in a total of 140 countries, by leading industries, bodies and professions.

next start date: 27th April 2018

Duration: You will have full access to online resources and subject expert support for one calendar year. However, you can complete the course in as little as 4 - 6 months, by dedicating 6-8 hours of study per week.

Course Fees: 795.00 GPB

To secure your place on the course the full fee is required. All fees must be paid in full before the course begins. Please note, the full course fees are inclusive of all course materials and certification costs.

Enrolment intake is strictly limited on this course. Early application is advised. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Fitzwilliam Institute closes on Bank Holidays and for a number of days at Christmas and New Year. Fitzwilliam Institute reserves the right to postpone, cancel or alter courses without notice or to change any of the details in this brochure. Fees are not refundable unless the course is cancelled by Fitzwilliam Institute. Distance Learning courses are provided by Fitzwilliam Institute BGLS Ltd.

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