Curriculum Guideline

C++ Programming

Effective Date:
Course Code
CMPT 1110
C++ Programming
Computing Science
Science & Technology
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture 2 hours / week Seminar 2 hours / week
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

The topics will be covered through in-class lectures, seminar sessions, laboratory assignments, reading, and research.

Course Description
This course provides the student with knowledge of program design and programming methodologies. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of problems, the design of algorithms, and the abstraction of control and data in computer implementations of the design. Initially structured programming top-down design and procedural programming is used followed by object-oriented design (OOD) and object oriented programming (OOP). C++ is used as the implementation language.

Note: CISY 1275 and CMPT 1110 will be treated as equivalent.
Course Content

All topics in the core area are covered, though not necessarily in the order stated. Topics in the optional area are covered at the discretion of the instructor.


Core Topics

1. Procedural programming and structured (top-design) design

1.1 Primitive data types, operators, and expressions

1.2 Control structures

1.3 Conditional

1.4 Repetition

1.5 User defined functions and procedures

1.6 Parameter passing by value and by reference

1.7 Introduction to pointers

1.8 System stack, scope, and lifetime of variables

1.9 Recursion

1.10 Function overloading


2. Data Structures

2.1 Files and I/O streams

2.2 Arrays and strings

2.3 Pointers to strings and dynamic allocation

2.4 Structures


3. Object Oriented Programming and Design

3.1 Abstraction, encapsulation, visibility, information hiding, instantiation

3.2 Constructors and destructors

3.3 Abstract data types

3.4 Inheritance

3.5 Dynamic allocation

    a) Shallow vs. deep copy

    b) Copy constructors


4. Optional Topics

4.1 Templates

    a) Function

    b) Class

4.2 Operator overloading

4.3 Virtual functions and polymorphism

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Explain and give examples of the various structured and O-O features of the C++ language covered in class;

2. Analyze a well defined problem and design a solution, as appropriate, using a top-down structured methodology or OOD methodology;

3. Write and debug introductory to intermediate C++ applications from a solution design;

4. Effectively describe and utilize C++ built-in functions and supplied class libraries;

5. Read, understand, and modify introductory to intermediate C++ code written by another programmer;

6. Create their own abstract data types and be able to explain/incorporate the concepts of extensibility, maintainability, and reusability.

Means of Assessment

Assignments (minimum 2)                 20 – 35%

Quizzes                                              0 – 20%

Participation                                        0  – 5%

Midterm examination                         20 – 30%

Final examination                              25 – 40%


TOTAL                                                  100%

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:


Eckel, Bruce, “Thinking in C++: Introduction to Standard C++, Volume One” (Current Edition) (Volume 1)  ISBN 978-0139798092 (This book is available as a free download from the author at


or  Textbooks suggested by the instructor


MATH 1110 with a minimum grade of C; or BC Pre-Calculus 12 with a minimum grade of B; or CSIS 1110

Which Prerequisite