Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
16 June 2022
Requisites for this module
BSC G610 Computer Games,
BSC G612 Computer Games (Including Year Abroad),
BSC G620 Computer Games (Including Foundation Year),
BSC I610 Computer Games (Including Placement Year),
BENGG420 Computer Networks,
BENGG421 Computer Networks (Including Year Abroad),
BENGG520 Computer Networks (Including Foundation Year),
BENGI120 Computer Networks (Including Placement Year)
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.
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.
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.
paradigms: procedural + object-oriented vs purely object-oriented
pointers and references
C++ functions: call by value and call by reference
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)
constructors, destructors, copy constructors and the assignment operator
. The Standard Template Library
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Programming Assignment 1
||Programming Assignment 2
||Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period)
||Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period)
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Michael Barros
School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770(non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770
No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 656 hours, 36 (5.5%) hours available to students:
620 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.
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