Object Oriented Programming in C++
Fall 2011 Syllabus
||Tues/Thurs 2:00 - 3:15 PM, Wed 1:00 - 2:00 PM
||Mon/Fri 1:20 - 2:20 PM, Wed 5:00 - 6:00 PM
||Tues/Thurs 12:30 - 1:45 PM
||3:35 - 4:50 PM
- All students taking CGS 3406 are required to have
previously taken and passed (with a C- or higher final grade) MAC
- If you have not completed this pre-requisite requirement, the CS
department will most likely drop you from this course in the first week of
classes. To be sure that your course schedule is correct, if you do not
have the pre-req you should drop yourself from this course and then adjust
your class schedule appropriately with the help of your academic
- Starting Out with C++ Brief Version: From Control Structures
6th ed., Tony Gaddis.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
Demonstrate a basic understanding of computer concepts, including
software and hardware.
Solve computing problems using a top-down approach in a
well-structured design using procedural programming techniques
- Design, implement, test, and debug a C++ program to solve a given
- Demonstrate knowledge and use of control structures used in procedural
programming, including sequence, selection, iteration, and functions.
- Make use of data types and structures in C++ including integer and
floating point types, arrays (one-dimensional, two-dimensional, strings)
and structs; pointer basics, arrays of structs and structs containing
arrays. Have a basic understanding of the C++ class and class operations.
Be able to write a program based on a class data structure, utilize class
objects, and provide appropriate class member functions.
- Utilize algorithms studied to perform common tasks, such as finding
the max and min of a data set, counting, summing, tracking a previous
value, searching and sorting, reading until EOF, etc.
Demonstrate competence with the use of functions, reference
parameters, arrays, pointers, recursion and I/O.
The final course grade will be computed as follows:
|Programs / Assignments
In addition to the scale listed above, in order to earn a C- or
better in the course, a student is required to achieve a test
average of 65% (mid D range) or better. If the test average is below
this level, the highest possible course grade is a D. The test average
can be computed with the following formula:
TestAvg = ((Test1 * 20) + (Test2 * 20) + (FinalExam *
30)) / 70
Letter Grade Scale:
|Letter ||Numerical Average |
|A ||92.00 - 100 |
|A- ||90.00 - 91.99 |
|B+ ||88.00 - 89.99 |
|B ||82.00 - 87.99 |
|B- ||80.00 - 81.99 |
|C+ ||78.00 - 79.99 |
|C ||72.00 - 77.99 |
|C- ||69.00 - 71.99 |
|D ||62.00 - 68.99 |
|D- ||60.00 - 61.99 |
|F ||0.00 - 59.99 |
There will be two tests -- a midterm and a final exam.
On-campus students will be required to bring and show your Student ID on
test days. The final exam will be cumulative.
Test Dates: (Midterm tentative)
||Thurs, Oct 6
||Tues, Nov 15
||Wed, Dec 14, 7:30 - 9:30 AM
Link to Fall 2011 Final Exam Schedule
Recitation / Quizzes
Periodic quizzes may be given, in lecture or in recitation class, to help
students gauge their progress in the class, and to gauge attendance, if
needed. No makeup quizzes will be given (no exceptions). Attendance and
participation is expected, both in lecture and recitation class. There
may also be some hand-in exercises done in recitation class. Any
attendance grades, quiz grades, or graded work from recitation will
count in the assignment average.
Students must attend the recitation section that they are registered
for. There is limited seating in the recitation computer classroom, hence
the enrollment caps set on each section.
Attendance and participation is expected. Here is the university policy
on excused absences:
- Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the family
and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty,
religious holy days, and official University activities. These absences
will be accommodated in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students
who have a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students
whose dependent children experience serious illness.
- There will be a variety of homeworks and programming projects
assigned. Some will be small and easy to complete in one sitting. Others
will be larger programming projects. Assignment specifications will be
posted on the web page.
- Turn in all assignments on time! Late assignments
will be accepted one day after the due date, with the deduction of a
letter grade (10%). Assignments more than a day late will not be
- Compiling -- Programs that do not compile are very tedious to
grade, and they show a lack of testing, which is a large part of
programming. There will be an automatic 5% point penalty for each compile
error in a student's code that has to be fixed in the grading process.
(This means that program submissions with compile errors will likely earn
very little, if any, credit). Make sure your code compiles before you
The course web page is your friend -- check it frequently! It will be
continually updated with essential course materials, such as assignments,
examples, and notes outlines. It will also include other helpful
supplements, such as instructions for using the compilers, a FAQ
(Frequently Asked Questions) page, suggested exercises, and other useful
help materials. It is your responsibility to check the web page often for
- A student will be allowed to make up a missed test if he or she has
a notice of illness from the Student Heath Center or family physician.
Any other excuses that are not medical or emergency related will be at
the discretion of the instructor, and must be approved in advance.
- Students in the class should have a computer account from the Computer
Science Department (sign up for one if you don't already have one), and
this can and should be used to store project files and access one of the
compilers used in the course.
- Please turn OFF all cellular phones, beepers, etc. in the classroom.
Academic Honor Policy:
The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the
University’s expectations for the integrity of students’
academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those
expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty
members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the
Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to “ . . .
be honest and truthful and . . . [to] strive for personal and
institutional integrity at Florida State University.” (Florida State
University Academic Honor Policy, found at http://dof.fsu.edu/honorpolicy.htm.)
In addition to this information, please be aware of the
- Students are expected to do their own work on any classwork or
test submitted for a grade (unless designated as a group assignment).
- It is NOT appropriate to work on assignments with other students or
to give or receive solutions to or from anyone before an assignment
is due and handed in (by all parties).
- Discussing solutions and techniques on assignments with other
students after the assignment has been graded and handed back
is okay, and encouraged.
- When you turn in work with your name on it, you are representing that
work as your own. If your submission matches that of
another student, this is considered a violation of the
Academic Honor Code.
- If a group project is given, then names of all group
members would appear on the single program submission. This is
- Examples found in the course textbook
may be used in programs, as long as the source is cited. This is
appropriate, as some hand-in assignments may be based on program examples
found in the book or contain other code that is provided to you in the
- A first violation of the honor code will result, at minimum
(but not limited to), a penalty of a 0 grade on the assignment
or test involved, along with a reduced letter grade in the course.
- Any second violation of the honor code will result in an automatic F
in the course, and possible proceedings before the Honor Court.
Americans With Disabilities Act
Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should:
(1) register with and provide documentation to the Student
Disability Resource Center; and
(2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for
accommodation and what type. This should be done during the
first week of class.
This syllabus and other class materials are available in
alternative format upon request.
For more information about services available to FSU students
with disabilities, contact the:
Student Disability Resource Center
874 Traditions Way
108 Student Services Building
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
(850) 644-8504 (TDD)
Students approved to take exams at the SDRC office are expected to
take exams at the regularly scheduled time. Any exception to this
will only be granted with a valid documented reason and must be approved
by the instructor a week before the exam.
Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of
the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for
the course and is subject to change with advance notice.