Master’s degree in Banking and Finance

Introduction to Java programming

Course code
Name of lecturer
Alessandro Gnoatto
Alessandro Gnoatto
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
NN - -
Language of instruction
not yet allocated

Learning outcomes

Java is the most popular programming language. Learning Java represents an important asset in view of entering the job market and starting a career in the financial industry. This course provides the foundations of object-oriented programming using the Java programming language. During the lectures the auxiliary software package Eclipse IDE will be used and its main features will be presented. Financial examples using the finmath Java library will be provided. This course provides useful notions that can be helpful for the lectures Financial Risk Management and Computational Finance.


- Elementary Java syntax, Operators and Control flow
- Classes and Objects
- Encapsulation
- Access Control
- Inheritance
- Polymorphisms
- Interfaces
- Basics on Inner/Nested Classes, Exception Handling and programming with Generics
- Some elements of functional programming in Java 8

15 february from 9:00 to 13:30 room SMT.6
18 february from 9:00 to 13:30 room SMT.2
19 february from 9:00 to 13:30 room SMT.2
20 february from 9:00 to 13:30 room SMT.2
21 february from 9:00 to 13:30 room SMT.2

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Baesens, B., Backiel, B. and Vanden Brouke, S. Beginning Java Programming: The Object-Oriented Approach (Edizione 1) Wrox Pr Inc 2015 978-1-118-73949-5
Arnold, K., Gosling, J. and Holmes, D. The Java Programming Language. (Edizione 4) Addison-Wesley Longman 2005
Eckel, B. Thinking in Java: The definitive introduction to object-oriented programming in the language of the world wide web (Edizione 4) Prentice Hall International 2006 This book covers an obsolete version of Java so it is available free of charge from the website of the author. It is however enough for the purpose of an introductory course.

Assessment methods and criteria

Project/practical programming test.

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