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C++ Programming

Level 5, 20 Credits.

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Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to the C++ programming language and its usage. After attending this course you will have acquired the basic skills in programming in C++ and an understanding of the ideas of object oriented programming.   Topics covered in this course include an introduction to classes and objects, class variables, constructors and functions, overloaded constructors and functions, public and private access to variables and functions, arithmetic operators, simple input and output, comparison operators and the use of conditional and iterative control statements, formatting of output, use of library functions and the creation of user defined functions, introduction to pointers, introduction to arrays, accessing arrays using both subscripts and pointers, using classes containing static functions and static variables,  introduction to inheritance by creating a derived class from a base class, inherited and overridden functions in the derived class, use of the new and delete operators to dynamically allocate and release memory, use of the fstream library functions to access files and use of user defined classes to write object-oriented programs.  No prior knowledge of C++ is required.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for the student who wants a good general introduction to object oriented programming.

Learning and Teaching

This module includes a mix of traditional lectures and laboratory sessions. Each meeting starts with a lecture and finishes with a laboratory session.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

During the course, students will be given assignments to be submitted to the course tutor. At the end of the course, there will be a class test.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.


Reading suggestions

Schildt, H. (2003) C++ from the Ground Up. Osborne McGraw-Hill.