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CSC2402 Object-Oriented Programming in C++

Semester 1, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences

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Examiner: David Lai
Moderator: Richard Watson


Pre-requisite: CSC1401 or USQIT16 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GDGS or GCEN or GDET or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT or MSBN or MSMS

Other requisites

Students who do not meet the pre-requisite requirements must obtain approval of the examiner and the program coordinator to be enrolled in this course.


Object-oriented software development has become a standard methodology throughout the software engineering discipline. Therefore, a solid grasp of object-oriented programming is essential for any information technology specialist. While there are a variety of object-oriented programming languages available, C++ is one of the most widely used and is therefore the focus of this course.


This course extends the student's basic procedural design and programming knowledge into the object-oriented paradigm. The student will be expected to learn and apply the basic concepts of object-oriented design and programming, i.e. abstraction, inheritance, and polymorphism, in the context of the C++ language. Key software engineering principles such as decomposition and component re-use will also be emphasised.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify and demonstrate an understanding about the hardware of a personal computer;
  2. comprehend what programming is and what a programming language does;
  3. know about the evolution of C++;
  4. identify and design suitable classes and class hierarchies and code class implementations in C++;
  5. design and develop C++ programs using classes and class libraries;
  6. apply the principles of information hiding using C++ facilities for private and protected class attributes;
  7. employ C++ facilities for dynamic storage;
  8. employ C++ input/output facilities including streams, sequential and random access files;
  9. employ C++ facilities such as operator overloading, inheritance, and references;
  10. develop programs using the C++ Standard Template Library (STL) at a basic level.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Anatomy of a computer 5.00
2. Programming languages and C++ 5.00
3. Fundamental and user defined data types 5.00
4. Control flow 10.00
5. Functions 10.00
6. Vectors and Arrays 10.00
7. Classes 10.00
8. Pointers and Iterators 10.00
9. Inheritance 10.00
10. Streams 5.00
11. Operator Overloading 10.00
12. Exception Handling 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Cay Horstmann and Timothy A. Budd 2009, Big C++, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
    (The student must have access to a standard C++ compiler. The only supported compilers are the Linux g++ compiler and its equivalent MinGW running under Windows. The MinGW software is available on the course web site.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Lippman, S. B., Lajoie, J. and Moo, B. E 2012, C++ Primer, 5th edn, Addison Wesley.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study and Assignments 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
8 QUIZZES 10 8 07 Mar 2014 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 7 30 Mar 2014 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 20 11 May 2014
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 10 08 Jun 2014
2 HOUR CLOSED EXAMINATION 100 55 End S1 (see note 3)

  1. Quizzes are due to be completed by 11:55pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Fridays at the end of each week starting from week 1. No extension will be granted.
  2. Assignments 1 to 3 are due 11:55pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on each due date.
  3. Examination dates will be available during the semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. marks for that assessment item. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the assessment items in the course weighted as in the Assessment Details.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. All assignments must be submitted electronically through the course website. Assignment submission will not be accepted in any other form or by any other means without prior approval. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student's submission must be received electronically by USQ.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. If requested, students will be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email.

  5. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination: IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  6. The referencing system supported by the Department is to be used in this course. Information on this referencing system and advice on how to use it can be found in the course materials.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to an appropriate computer either via the student's own arrangements or a USQ study centre. Students should have access to e-mail and the Internet.

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.