BTP300 - Object-Oriented Software Development I - C++

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Subject Title
Object-Oriented Software Development I - C++

Subject Description
This course deepens the student's ability to apply object-oriented problem solving skills using the C++ language. The study of C and C++ syntax is completed, and more advanced programming techniques such as pointer manipulation, dynamic memory allocation, templates and data structures are discussed.

Credit Status
1 credit in the BSD program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • use Windows utilities and programs to edit, compile and run C++ programs
  • use Unix utilities to edit, compile and run C++ programs
  • compose technical program documentation for C++ programs using internal comments
  • analyze functional descriptions of objects or modules, which require the use of such technologies as direct file access, bit manipulation and direct console input/output, and design and create the C++ code which implements those specifications
  • design and code data structures which effectively use the memory available at run-time
  • apply a combination of on-line documentation review, research and experimentation to discover how previously unstudied library functions and objects work
  • decide when it is appropriate to work in C, as opposed to C++, and create program solutions using C
  • abstract common elements from similar classes to create class templates or inheritance hierarchies of classes, as appropriate
  • analyze problems, of medium to high complexity, which lend themselves to a programming solution, and design and code C++ programs which solve those problems, reusing previously written objects and modules when appropriate, and designing new objects and modules when appropriate
  • create multi-platform programs which require customized code for different platforms
  • methodically test and debug complex C++ programs

Essential Employability Skills
Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

Introduction – 10%

  • review of the C++ and C languages

  • compiler stages

  • pre-processor (macros and conditional directives)

  • namespaces and user interfaces

Types – 30%

  • primitive types (scalar and pointer types, data representation, generic pointers, size and range specifiers, type qualifiers, synonyms, storage duration)

  • expressions (lvalues, constant operands, post-fix, pre-fix, unary, binary, ternary)

  • functions (linkage, pointers to functions, default parameter values, varadic functions, operating system interface, inlining, recursion)

  • programmer-defined types (classes, structs, unions, class variables, class methods, type conversions)

Inheritance – 10%

  • abstract base classes

  • multiple inheritance

Polymorphism – 10%

  • ad-hoc and universal

  • dynamic-type identification

  • templates (function and class)

Data Structures – 10%

  • arrays (multidimensional, ragged)

  • lists (stacks, queues, doubly linked lists)

Libraries – 20%

  • standard template library

  • file streams (text and binary access)

  • string streams

  • platform-dependent libraries (conio, curses, mixed language development)

Finer Aspects – 10%

  • Bit-Wise operators

  • Constrained Casts

  • Exceptions (throw, try, catch)

  • Multiple exits (break, continue, exit)

  • Comparison of C++ and C language syntax

Prescribed Texts
Intermediate C++ - June 2011 Edition by Chris Szalwinski

Reference Material
The C++ Programming Language, 3rd Edition or Special Edition; Bjarne Stroustrup; Addison Wesley; ISBN 0-201-88954-4 (3rd Ed.) or 0-201-70073-5 (Special Ed.)

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.


  • Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.
  • Computer assignments should be documented to the instructor's standards.
  • Assignments must be handed in on the scheduled due date. Late assignments are penalized.
  • For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor.
Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor prior to the next scheduled class. If your reason is accepted, you will be permitted to write a make-up test. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation.
Term Work and Final Exam
  • Students must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on term work and the final exam. Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the subject. 
  • For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Tests 30%
Assignments 30%
Workshops 10%
Final Exam 30%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle