Loyola University Chicago

Department of Computer Science

COMP 313: Intermediate Object-Oriented Development

Credit hours



COMP 271 (strictly enforced)


Object-orientation continues to be a dominant approach to software development. This intermediate programming-intensive course studies the use of classes and objects with an emphasis on collaboration among objects.

Course Topics

  • Data Structures of various types – linear vs. nonlinear, indexing vs. non-indexing, position vs. value-oriented
  • Advanced Java, e.g. interfaces, annotations, exceptions, generics, collections, boxing/unboxing, array objects
  • Object Modeling – UML, use cases and activity diagrams, class diagrams, archetypes, interaction diagrams
  • Design by contract, interfaces, refactoring & generalization, design patterns (Adapter, Decorator, Composite, Strategy, Iterator, Abstract Factory, Visitor, …)
  • Agile Development Process – evolutionary design, test-driven development, refactoring, …
  • Tools – Eclipse, Subversion, JUnit, JMock, Ant, …
  • Techniques – object pooling, garbage collection, performance profiling (NetBeans)


A thorough understanding of the principles of object-orientation: abstraction, delegation, inheritance, and polymorphism; exposure to basic design patterns; programming experience in mainstream object-oriented languages such as C++ and Java.

You will take your software development abilities to the next level by building on your knowledge of data structures.

You will learn to design and implement more complex programs using good software engineering practices, including:

  • Designing with interfaces and composition
  • Design patterns
  • Refactoring
  • Test-driven development (TDD)


Taught by Dr. Läufer in Fall 2013.