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CSC2402 Object-Oriented Programming in C++

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Object-Oriented Prog in C++
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020103 - Programming
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: David Lai


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

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 of the hardware of a 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, C++ Basics 5.00
2. Control flow 5.00
3. Function Basics 5.00
4. Parameters and Overloading 10.00
5. Arrays, Structures and Classes 10.00
6. Constructors, Operator Overlading, Friends and References 15.00
7. Strings, Pointer and Dynamic Arrays 10.00
8. Separate Compilation and Namespace 5.00
9. Streams and File IO 10.00
10. Inheritance, Polymorphism and Virtual Functions 15.00
11. Exception Handling 5.00
12. Standard Template Library 5.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Malik, D.S 2018, C++ Programming: Program Design Including Data Structures, 8th edn, Cengage.
(ISBN 978-1-337-11756-2.)
(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 expectations

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

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Quizzes 10 8 26 Feb 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 (see note 1)
Assignment 1 100 7 22 Mar 2021 1,2,3 (see note 2)
Assignment 2 100 20 04 May 2021 4,5,6,7,8
Assignment 3 100 10 21 May 2021 4,5,6,7,8,9
Open Exam - Online 100 55 End S1 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 (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 3.
  2. Assignments 1, 2 and 3 are due 11:55pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on each due date.
  3. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and workshops) scheduled for them, and 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 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  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.

Date printed 18 June 2021