C++ Programming

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
29 July 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC G610 Computer Games,
BSC G612 Computer Games (Including Year Abroad),
BSC I610 Computer Games (Including Placement Year),
BENGG420 Computer Networks,
BENGG421 Computer Networks (Including Year Abroad),
BENGI120 Computer Networks (Including Placement Year),
BSC H717 Robotics

Module description

This module explains the basic concepts and features of C++ including: the underlying memory model; the role of execution; the stack and the heap. Basic object-orientated programmes will be developed and include features such as: pointer, reference, inheritance, overriding, overloading, exceptions, polymorphism etc.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the C++ programming language. The contents covered by this module include three parts:
(1) basic concepts and features of C++ programming (e.g., operator overloading),
(2) C++ Standard Template Library, and
(3) inheritance, function overriding and exceptions.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Explain the basic concepts and features of C++.
2. Describe the underlying memory model and explain the role of the execution stack and the heap.
3. Write object oriented programs that incorporate basic C++ features such as pointer, reference, inheritance, function overriding, operator overloading, exceptions, etc.
4. Make effective use of the C++ Standard Template Library.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

. Overview
paradigms: procedural + object-oriented vs purely object-oriented
pointers and references
C++ functions: call by value and call by reference
class definition
memory management
the C++ Standard Template Library

. A model of memory
static and dynamic memory
the execution stack: existence of local variables, parameter passing
the heap: dynamic memory allocation
memory management in C++

. C++ language features
pointers: declaring and using pointer variables, the operator *
references: declaring and using reference variables, the operator &
functions: call by value and call by reference, function overloading
arrays: array identifiers, static and dynamic arrays, arrays as parameters, arrays as results

. Classes and objects in C++
class definition: private and public members
function overriding (polymorphism)
operator overloading
constructors, destructors, copy constructors and the assignment operator

. The Standard Template Library

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and Labs


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Programming Assignment 1   23/11/2020  50% 
Coursework   Programming Assignment 2   20/01/2021  50% 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Michael Barros, email: m.barros@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Michael Barros, Dr Manoj Thakur
CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

Dr Iain Phillips
Loughborough University
Available via Moodle
Of 76 hours, 22 (28.9%) hours available to students:
54 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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