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CS 3005: Programming in C++

Spring 2021 Syllabus

Course Description

For students pursuing degrees in Computer Science and Computer and Information Technologies, or any student with a strong interest in computer programming. Covers syntax and semantics of the C++ programming language through completion of hands-on projects. The student must already be fluent in some other programming language.


CS 1410 (Grade C- or higher)


Per state and campus policy, a face covering must be worn over the nose and mouth inside all campus buildings, including class rooms.

Course fees

Course fee: $20, used to assist in maintaining department infrastructure.

Disability Statement

If you suspect or are aware that you have a disability that may affect your success in the course you are strongly encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) located in the North Plaza Building. The disability will be evaluated and eligible students will receive assistance in obtaining reasonable accommodations. Phone # 435-652-7516.


  1. MWF 10:00 - 10:50 am in Smith 116 (See Canvas for remote attendance links.)

    Final exam May 3 at 09:00 - 10:50 am


Curtis Larsen


The student learning outcomes for this course are:

The following C++ language constructs will be discussed:



There is no required text for the course. However, reference sources for C++, the STL and C will be very helpful.

  1. Online References C++ Reference C++ Tutorial

  2. The C++ Programming Language, Special Edition by Bjarne Stroustrup ISBN: 978-0201700732 (optional)

  3. The C Programming Language, Second Edition by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie ISBN: 0-13-110362-8 (optional)

  4. The Annotated ANSI C Standard by Herbert Schildt ISBN: 0-07-881952-0 (optional)

Other Resources

Computer Labs

You may use the computers and software in the Smith Computer Center. Some lab assistants may be able to help with assignments and pass off homework assignments for introductory courses.

Course Web Site

Assignment submissions and grades will be managed in the Canvas System.

Assignments and Exams


While there is no required text book. Students are expected to find and read relevant references and example programs.


A series of programming assignments will be required. These assignments are due on the date and time listed on Canvas, or as stated by the instructor during class. It cannot be over emphasized that it is important to start early and get all of your assignments done before their due dates. Programs that do not run correctly will receive no credit.

Parts of most programming assignments will be completed inside Code Grinder. Parts or all of most assignments will be completed using the the GNU tool chain. All non-Code Grinder assignment submissions will require compatibility with g++, the 2011 C++ standard, and a working Makefile submission.

Some students may use other developement environments such as XCode, Visual Studio or C-Lion. Submissions will still be required to build and run using the GNU tool chain.

The source code for programming assignments will be submitted through commits to a git repository.

Assignment submissions must be correct to receive credit.


There will be four examinations during the semester and a final examination. Test tasks will be extensions of homework assignments or small new programs. Be sure to understand your assignments and keep backups of all your work.


Each assignment is worth 10 points total. Your assignment group score will be a floating point number between 0 and 1, found by adding up the number of assignment points obtained, and dividing by the number of possible assignment points.

The four examinations during the semester are worth 100 points each. The final examination is worth 300 points. Your examination group score will be a floating point number between 0 and 1, found by adding up the number of examination points obtained, and dividing by the number of possible examination points.

Your course score will be a floating number between 0 and 1, found by multiplying your assignment group score and your examination group score.

Your course letter grade will be assigned based on treating your course score as a percentage and looking up the grade in the table below.

Minimum Percentage Letter Grade Minimum Percentage Letter Grade Minimum Percentage Letter Grade Minimum Percentage Letter Grade
94 A 84 B 74 C 64 D
90 A- 80 B- 70 C- 60 D-
87 B+ 77 C+ 67 D+ 0 F

Course Policies


Students are responsible for material covered and announcements made in class. School-related absences may be made up only if prior arrangements are made. The class schedule presented is approximate. The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule according to class needs. Changes will be announced in class and posted to the website. Exams and quizzes cannot be made up unless arrangements are made prior to the scheduled time.

Occasional absences are acceptable as long as the student keeps up with assignment work. Students who miss more than two consecutive weeks of class or who miss more than 20% of scheduled classes during the semester without making prior arrangements will receive a failing grade. Students who miss any scheduled exam (including midterm exams and the final exam) or fail to complete a final project without making prior arrangements will receive a failing grade.

Time Commitment

Courses should require about 45 hours of work per credit hour of class. This class will require about 135 hours of work on the part of the student to achieve a passing grade, which is approximately 9 hours per week. If you do not have the time to spend on this course, you should probably rethink your schedule.

Late Policy

Each assignment has a due date and a submission-cutoff date. The due date is the required date. The submission-cutoff date is to allow students to correct small problems discovered during pass-off, or to allow for minor interruptions to personal schedules. Late work will not be accepted after the submission-cutoff date.


Limited collaboration with other students in the course is permitted. Students may seek help learning concepts and developing programming skills from whatever sources they have available, and are encouraged to do so. Collaboration on assignments, however, must be confined to course instructors, lab assistants, and other students in the course. Students are free to discuss strategies for solving programming assignments with each other, but this must not extend to the level of programming code. Each student must code his/her own solution to each assignment. See the section on cheating.


Cheating will not be tolerated, and will result in a failing grade for the students involved as well as possible disciplinary action from the college. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, turning in homework assignments that are not the student’s own work. It is okay to seek help from others and from reference materials, but only if you learn the material. As a general rule, if you cannot delete your assignment, start over, and re-create it successfully without further help, then your homework is not considered your own work.

You are encouraged to work in groups while studying for tests, discussing class lectures, discussing algorithms for homework solutions, and helping each other identify errors in your homework solutions. If you are unsure if collaboration is appropriate, contact the instructor. Also, note exactly what you did. If your actions are determined to be inappropriate, the response will be much more favorable if you are honest and complete in your disclosure.

Where collaboration is permitted, each student must still create and type in his/her own solution. Any kind of copying and pasting is not okay. If you need help understanding concepts, get it from the instructor or fellow classmates, but never copy another’s code or written work, either electronically or visually. The line between collaborating and cheating is generally one of language: talking about solutions in English or other natural languages is usually okay, while discussions that take place in programming languages are usually not okay. It is a good idea to wait at least 30 minutes after any discussion to start your independent write-up. This will help you commit what you have learned to long-term memory as well as help to avoid crossing the line to cheating.

College Policies

Click on this link: for comprehensive information on the Semester Dates, the Final Exam Schedule, University resources such as the library, Disability Resource Center, IT Student Help Desk, Online Writing Lab, Testing Center, Tutoring Center, Wellness Center and Writing Center. In addition, please review DSU policies and statements with regards to Academic Integrity, Disruptive Behavior and Absences related to university functions.

If you are a student with a medical, psychological, or learning disability or think you might have a disability and would like accommodations, contact the Disability Resource Center (652-7516) in the North Plaza. The Disability Resource Center ( will determine eligibility of the student requesting special services and determine the appropriate accommodations related to their disability.

Last Updated 01/08/2021