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C / C++ PROGRAMMING - Syllabus
CIS054-101 (87508) Online - San José City College
Spring 2017- January 30, 2017 to May 26, 2017

OFFICE HOURS: I will be on campus one or two days at the beginning and end of the semester. E-mail me to arrange a meeting time during the middle of the semester.
HELP DESK: 1-408-270-6411 (Mon-Fri 7:00am to 5:30pm)

TEXTBOOK (Required) - Choose either:
Problem Solving with C++ 9th  Edition,    by Walter Savitch - PrenticeHall,
ISBN-13:   978-0-13-359174-3
      --- or ---
Problem Solving with C++ 8th  Edition,    by Walter Savitch - PrenticeHall,
ISBN-13:   978-0-13-216273-9

NOTE: Be cautious about purchasing 'International' versions from some vendors on the Internet. These versions contain most of the material in the US version but may be missing some text and some of the problems assigned as lab exercises.


Ninth Edition


Eighth Edition

COURSE OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVES: Students will study C, a general-purpose programming language, which features brevity of expression, modern control flow and data structures, and a rich set of operators. Students will also study C++, an object oriented programming language that is built using the C language as a base. Students will learn the importance of portability and efficiency through a variety of programming assignments. This course includes application programs and/or systems software.

TIME COMMITMENT: CIS054 C/C++ Programming is a 3-unit college class. Students are expected to spend about three hours per week for each unit for a regular semester course. This computes to 9 hours per week for a regular semester 3-unit course which includes lecture, lab and homework. A full-time student taking 12 units should plan to spend 36 hours per week during a regular semester. The time commitment should be the same for an on-campus course and an online course.

The class begins on January 30, 2017 and ends on May 26, 2017. There are usually several assignments given each week. You can complete the class assignments on your own schedule as long as you submit them by their due dates. No work will be accepted after the end of the class. Lab assignments receive a penalty if submitted late. Quizzes close on their due data and cannot be submitted late. Missing or not completing assignments may prevent you from passing the class. If you have vacation plans, or your schedule is full with other important obligations, you may want to consider enrolling in the course at another time.

1. Analyze simple and complex programming problems and develop software solutions.
2. Create console-based programs using structured programming techniques including sequence, selection, and repetition.
3. Organize a solution to a large program by breaking the program into smaller parts.
4. Manipulate data using strings and single or multidimensional arrays.
5. Construct programs using object oriented programming (OOP) techniques.
6. Create programs that use sequential and random access files.

------------------------- LECTURE CONTENT -----------------------------
1. Algorithmic Design and Testing
2. Structure of C and C++ programs
3. C / C++ Data Types
    a. Naming conventions
    b. Constants
    c. Variables
4. Input and Output
    a. The C-language printf() and scanf() functions
    b. The C++ language cout and cin objects
5. Operators
    b. Relational and logical operators
    c. Increment and decrement operators
    d. Type conversions
6. Expressions and Statements
    a. Assignment operators and expressions
    b. Precedence and order of evaluation
7. Selection
    a. if(...) / else
    b. else if(...)
    c. switch / case
8. Repetition
    a. while and for
    b. do / while
9. Functions and Subroutines
    a. Functions returning values, and functions not returning values
    b. External Variables
    c. Scope and visibility rules
    d. Static variables
    10. Arrays and Pointers
    a. One-dimensional arrays
    b. Array initialization
    c. Two-dimensional and larger arrays
    d. Pointers to arrays and pointers to pointers
    e. Pointers to functions
11. Character and String Processing
    a. Definition of C strings
    b. String manipulation using the C string library
    c. The C++ String class
    d. String manipulation using C++ strings
12. Structured Data
    a. Data structures using the struct statement
    b. Arrays of structures
    c. Pointers to data structures and functions
    d. Unions and typedefs
13. Introduction to C++ Objects
    a. Class construction and instantiation of objects
    b. Constructors and destructors
    c. Arrays of Objects
    d. Assignment operators and copy constructors
    e. The "this" pointer and friend functions
14. C++ Class Member Methods
    a. Overloaded operators
    b. Built-in conversions
    c. Class to class conversions
    d. Class inheritance
    e. Polymorphism
15. File Access
    a. Sequential Files
    b. Random Access Files
    c. File access using stream operators

----------------------------- LAB CONTENT ----------------------------------
1. Using arithmetic and arithmetic-assignment operators
2. Utilizing relational and logical operators
3. Counting loops and sentinel value loops to terminate data input
4. Using functions and sub procedures
5. Processing data using arrays and pointers
6. Manipulating character strings
7. Constructing Object Oriented Programs (OOP)
8. Reading and writing sequential and random access files
9. Utilizing debugging techniques

LAB ASSIGNMENTS:Some of the lab assignments will take longer than other labs. It is expected that each student will make use of the Open-Lab time to complete assignments as needed. Open-Lab hours are made available to students registered in CIS courses. Instructions will be given after the first week on how to use the open lab.

LAB REPORTS: Programs turned in must include screenshots of both the program and the results of testing the program. Programs will be graded on whether they work, quality of output, program readability and appearance, program construction and completeness of testing, and very importantly - documentation.

Unless otherwise indicated, each lab report must include:
1. Your name, class, platform (PC or Mac), date and an assignment ID # if provided
2. A written description of the lab project in English
3. A list of inputs, processing and outputs for each program
4. Test data values, expected results and actual results when the program runs
5. A discussion of what you did to make the program run and any problems you encountered
6. Screenshot(s) of the program execution
7. The listing of the program (code for the program)

EXTRA CREDIT is occasionally available for work above and beyond the minimum requirements for a lab assignment.
An extra credit lab assignment is like a regular assignment, and all of the points earned are counted as extra credit. The extra points are added into the total points received for the class but Canvas shows the assignment is worth 0 points of regular credit. For example if there were two regular assignments at 10 points each and one extra credit assignment and the student received 7 points each, the total percentage would be computed as follows: (7+7+7)/(10+10+0) = 21/20 = 105%
Sometimes a regular assignment may have extra credit for doing more than the minimum required to complete the assignment. For example a 10 point assignment may have the opportunity to earn an extra 3 points for a total of 13 points out of 10. The extra credit part of the assignment MUST be turned in when the assignment is submitted. The extra credit points will not be awarded at a later date even if the assignment is resubmitted. If an assignment is worth 10 points with 3 points extra credit, Canvas initially shows the assignment as 10 points. Extra credit points are added to the total score.

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS AND ACCESS TO SJCC COMPUTER LABS: The C and C++ programming languages are used to develop programs on a variety of operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, Linux and others. Students need access to a computer that has a C/C++ compiler and an editor or software development system such as Microsoft Visual Studio, Apple Macintosh Xcode, Code::Blocks, NetBeans, DevCpp, Eclipse, etc. If you are using Microsoft Windows, I recommend that you get a free copy of Visual Studio for students from the Microsoft Imagine (formerly Dreamspark) website using your e-mail address. Your studentID will be added for access after you are registered for the class. More information will be available on the Canvas class webpage.

San Jose City College has many computer labs on campus. Many of the labs used by the CIS and CA departments have the software that you will need to complete the class assignments. Most of the other labs on campus will have Microsoft Office installed, but may not have a software programming development system installed. You need to be an SJCC registered student to use the computers in the Library. You may need to be registered for tutoring to use the LRC labs. Other labs serve different departments on campus. You may need to be registered in one of their classes to use their labs.

CANVAS: San Jose City College is changing from Moodle to Canvas as the new Learning Management System (LMS). Canvas is being adopted by many of the California community colleges and universities such as San Jose State University. The class webpage on the online Canvas contains class notes, links to videos, PowerPoint slides, class announcements, the course syllabus, test dates, and other information for the course. All assignments must be submitted using Canvas. The assignments must have your name, student ID, and exercise name at the top of the document. Late assignments will be accepted with a penalty. Make sure you can login to your Canvas account the first day of class. If you are adding the class, your MyWeb enrollment will be reflected at the next Canvas update. Student course enrollment is updated to Canvas three times a day - 6-7AM, 12Noon-1PM and 5-6PM.

Your eight-character Canvas login ID is the same as for MyWeb and is built from the first two letters of your first name, the first two letters of your last name, and the last four digits of your SJCC student ID number. For example, if my name is Dan McElroy and my student ID is 1234567, my Canvas login would be damc4567. When you first get access to Canvas, click the 'Activate/Reset Password' link to set your password for access to all of your classes that are on Canvas.

Additional information can be viewed at

E-MAIL: All communication concerning the class and any assignment submissions occur through Canvas. All students are required to obtain an e-mail account in addition to their Canvas account. All correspondence through Canvas uses the e-mail address that you have listed with the Admissions and Records office. This includes any messages I send to the class as well as scores for each assignment. It is important that you update your e-mail address if it changes. If you have any questions about the course or need assistance, please contact me by e-mail at any time. You can update your e-mail address by clicking the "CLICK HERE" message on the purple rectangle when you go to the MyWeb page at (NOTE the 'E' in sjeccd). If you have an e-mail filter for spam, etc., it is your responsibility to make sure that you are receiving the e-mails that I send you, either from my college address, or e-mails sent through Canvas.

Students at San Jose City College are also given a free .edu e-mail address
For example, if my student ID was 1234567 and my MyWeb ID was damc4567, my e-mail address would be

The initial password starts with Password (with a capital-P) followed by six digits for the month, day and year of your birth. Example: Password061475

You are not required to used this e-mail address, but you will need it if you want to download a free version of the Microsoft Visual Studio. You do NOT need to use this e-mail address to download Code::Blocks, DevCpp or software from Apple Corp.

Additional information can be viewed at

ATTENDANCE AND DROPS: You are expected to participate in the class using Canvas each week. Once you have shown some commitment to the class by attending, participating in quizzes, labs, or homework, I assume that you wish to be in the class. It is your responsibility to drop the class if you do not wish to continue. However, you may be dropped by the instructor if it appears that you are not participating in the class by submitting regular course work. If you do not complete the course, and do not officially drop through the Admissions office and are not dropped by the instructor, you will receive a grade based on your completed work. If for any reason you are unable to complete the requirements for the course, you must officially withdraw by the deadline date at Admissions and Records, either in person or using

Sunday, February 12, 2017 is the last day to withdraw from a spring semester course WITHOUT receiving a "W" on your record. Any classes that you withdraw from after that date will show a "W" on your record.

Thursday,April 27 is the last day to drop a spring semester course and receive a "W" on your record. After that date students will receive a letter grade based on your submitted work for the semester.

An 'Incomplete' will be issued only for extenuating justifiable circumstances (medical, military, etc.) and only if the majority of the work in the course has already been completed. An 'Incomplete' will not be considered if the majority of the work has not been completed by the end of the course. Because the grade of 'A' represents 'Distinguished', an 'A' will not be awarded to students who receive an Incomplete and finish their work after the class has officially ended even if their total score is greater than 90%.

Veterans on the GI Bill, students on financial aid and international students should contact the appropriate office to discuss consequences of dropping or being dropped from a course.


B=Above Average
D=Minimum Passing

 A = 90%-100%
 B = 80%-89.9%
 C = 70%-79.9%
 D = 60%-69.9%
 F =  0%-59.9%

You can receive a 'C' in the class by taking the quizzes and the final, and completing at least one lab assignment each week. The lab assignments are an essential part of the class. You can not pass the class by completing only the quizzes and final.

NO-NAME and LATE PENALTIES: You must include your name, student ID or Canvas ID, exercise name and assignment ID (if provided) on all work you submit. Penalties will be applied AFTER the score for your assignment has been computed.

Quizzes and Lab Assignments must be completed by 11:55pm one week after the assignment is given. Due dates are listed on Canvas for each assignment. No late assignments will be accepted after May 26, 2017, the last day of the class. A late penalty is deducted for each day or part there of for each day the assignment is late, up to 3 points late penalty. The late penalty is in addition to any other scores the assignment received.

REGRADING ASSIGNMENTS: If you ask for an assignment to be regraded after it has already been graded, one point will be deducted from the new score. For example, an assignment worth 10 points that is regraded will have a maximum score of 9 points.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY PENALTIES: You are expected to download your own assignments and DO YOUR OWN WORK. I have several ways to help me determine if a student is submitting another person's work. I may not catch every instance of plagiarize work, but I can catch many. The penalties for Academic Dishonesty far exceed the penalties for submitting your work late. I strongly suggest that you do not share your work with other students, or share your disks or flash drives that contain your class work. Sometimes students have loaned their flash drive to another student and the second student accidentally submitted the wrong file. Other times the second student just copied the first student's work and changed the name. If it looks like work was copied, even if accidentally, the penalties will apply. Don't take the chance on messing up your grade.



zero points on the assignment and your course grade will be lowered

All or some of your work was created by another student this semester, or a previous semester.

zero points on the assignment and your course grade will be lowered again.

Second offense.

an 'F' in the class

Third offense.

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CIS 054 COURSE OUTLINE - subject to change - see Canvas for any updates to the class schedule.



Lecture Topics
Chapter numbers refer to
Problem Solving with C++ 8/e

Lab Assignments

Homework and Quiz
To be completed before the
next week's class.

Module 1

January 30

Class Orientation
Course Syllabus
Using Canvas
Submitting Lab Assignments

Chapter 1
Computer Systems
Programming and Problem
Intro to C and C++
C++ Keywords (Appendix)
The ASCII Character Set
Testing and Debugging
Integrated Development
   Environment (IDE)
-Visual Studio .NET
-XCode (Mac)

Paycheck Program 1.0

Syntax Errors

NOTE: I can be on campus Monday and Tuesday the first week of school to help students get started with the lab work and complete the first programming lab assignment.

E-mail me to arrange a time if you want to meet.

Read chapter 1 - this chapter gives a very nice introduction to C++ and includes several helpful hints.

Begin reading chapter 2
2.1 Variables and Assignments
2.2 Input and Output

Orientation Quiz
Chapter 1 Quiz

Module 2

February 6

Chapter 2
Variables and Assignments
Input and Output
Data Types and Expressions
Precedence of Operators (Appendix)
Simple Flow of Control
Program Style

Players on a Team

Sum and Averages of Numbers

Finish reading chapter 2
2.3 Data Types and Expressions
2.4 Simple Flow of Control
2.5 Program Style

Begin reading chapter 3
3.1 Using Boolean Expressions
3.2 Multiway Branches

Chapter 2 Quiz

Sunday February 12 - LAST DAY TO DROP without a 'W' on your transcript

Module 3

February 13


Chapter 3
Boolean Expressions
Different IF statements
Case statements
Multiway Branches
Loop Statements
Designing Loops

Chapter 16
Exception Handling
Programming Techniques

Electric Bill

Compute PI

Finish reading chapter 3
3.3 More About Loops
3.4 Designing Loops

Begin reading chapter 4
4.1 Top-down Design
4.2 Predefined Functions
4.3 Programmer-defined Functions

Chapter 3 Quiz

Presidents Holiday - School closed February 17 to February 20

Module 4

February 21



Chapter 4
Top-Down Design
Predefined Functions
Programmer-defined Functions
Procedural Abstraction
Scope and Local Variables
Overloading Functions

Rock Paper Scissors

Long Distance Call
Your program MUST use functions.

Finish reading chapter 4
4.4 Procedural Abstraction
4.5 Scope and Local Variables
4.6 Overloading Function Names

Begin reading chapter 5
5.1 void Functions

Chapter 4 Quiz

Module 5

February 27


Chapter 5
void Functions
Call-by-reference Parameters
Using Procedural Abstraction
Testing and Debugging Functions
General Debugging Techniques

Fast Food Restaurant
The program MUST use a function to compute and display values.

Length of a Line (Pythagorean)
Your program MUST use a function.

Read chapters 5 and 6
void functions
Call by reference
Functions calling functions

Chapter 5 Quiz

Module 6

March 6


Chapter 6
Streams, Basic File I/O
Tools for Stream I/O
Character I/O

Range, Mean, Median of a File

Inventory Control Using Two Files

Finish reading chapter 6
Read chapter 7 - first third

Chapter 6 Quiz

Module 7

March 13


Chapter 7
Introduction to Arrays
Arrays in Functions
Programming with Arrays
Multidimensional Arrays


Delete Repeats

Finish reading chapter 7
Read chapter 8 - first third

Chapter 7 Quiz

Module 8

March 20

Chapter 8
Array Type for Strings
The C++ string CLASS
C-Strings (not in the text)

String Manipulation

Sentence Formatting

Finish reading chapter 8
Read chapter 9 - first third

Midterm Exam

Module 9

March 27

Chapter 9
Memory Allocation in C and C++
Dynamic Arrays

Reservation System

Computer Station Login

Read chapter 10 - first third

Chapter 9 Quiz

Module 10

April 3

Chapter 10
Abstract Data Types
Introduction to Inheritance
The this Pointer (Appendix)

Student Grading
This project MUST use a structure or class definition. Get the data file from the instructor.

Binary Search of Structured Records This project must use an array of pointers to structured records.

Finish reading chapter 10
Read chapter 11 - first third
Read chapter 14 - first third

Chapter 10 Quiz

Spring Break + Cesar Chavez Holiday - School closed April 10 to April 16

Module 11
April 17

Chapter 11
Friend Functions
Overloading Operators
Arrays and Classes
Classes and Dynamic

Chapter 14
Recursive Functions

Rational Numbers
A C++ project MUST use a class definition.

Recursive Functions

Finish reading chapter 11
Finish reading chapter 14
Read chapter 15 - first third

Chapter 11 quiz


Module 12
April 24

Chapter 12
Separate Compilation

Movie Ratings

ADT Digital Time

Read chapter 12

Chapter 12 quiz

Thursday April 27 - LAST DAY TO DROP with a 'W' on your transcript

Module 13

May 1

Chapter 15
Inheritance Basics
Inheritance Details
Virtual Functions

Derived Salaried Employee Class

Virtual Functions

Finish reading chapter 15

Chapter 15 Quiz

Module 14

May 8

Chapter 13
Introduction to Data
Nodes and Linked Lists
Stacks and Queues

Linked Lists

Stacks and Queues

Read chapter 13

Chapter 13 Quiz

Module 15

May 15

Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Standard Template Library
Iterators and Containers
Generic Algorithms

Templates & Containers

Read chapters 17 and 18
Review for the Final



May 22-26

FINAL EXAM - Written test

FINAL EXAM - Lab test

Friday, May 26 is the last day to submit any work or late assignments to have them included in your grade.

Important Dates Spring Semester 2017
Regular semester January 30, 2017- May 26, 2017
(all information subject to change)

LAST DAY TO ADD using add codes on MyWeb
LAST DAY TO DROP Spring classes without being assessed enrollment fees
LAST DAY TO DROP Spring classes with eligibility for refund of fees
LAST DAY TO DROP Spring classes without a "W" on a transcript
NOTE: Registration fees will be assessed for any classes dropped after 2/12/17

CENSUS DAY - FIRST DAY TO DROP Spring 2017 classes with a "W" for regular semester classes
2/17 - 2/20
Presidents' Holiday. Campus Closed


LAST DAY TO APPLY for a refund of fees for class(s) dropped by February 12.
LAST DAY TO SUBMIT Pass/No Pass forms to A&R

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT Degree/Certificate Petitions for Spring 2017
Professional Development Day (faculty and staff) - no classes held
4/10 - 4/16
Spring Break + Cesar Chavez Holiday
LAST DAY TO DROP Spring classes with a "W" on record
Last Friday evening classes - English final exams - no regular day classes
SJCC Commencement
Spring 2017 grades available on MyWeb