CSC 150 C++ Programming for Science and Engineering
Winter 2016

Course Description

CSC 150 C++ Programming for Science and Engineering (3.50)

An introduction to computing for students of Science and Engineering using C++ in a Unix Environment. Concepts covered include use of the Unix command line, C++ data types and control structures, algorithmic problem solving, object oriented software development, and an introduction to numerical methods. Programming exercises and examples will be drawn from a variety of scientific disciplines. Extensive programming required. Laboratory required.

Instructor Accessibility

My office is in Carnegie Hall 311 B. You can stop by in person, or call my office at 630-637-5174. If I am not at the office and you need immediate attention, you can call me at home at 630-759-2110. You can email me at Winter term office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00- 6:15 pm; Fridays 9:30-12:00 Noon.

I can also see you by appointment.

Course Textbooks

Gary J. Bronson, C++ for Engineers and Scientists, Fourth Edition, CEngage Learning, 2013

Course Outline

The following schedule of weekly topics is tentative, and is subject to change as the course progresses.

Week Course Topics Chapters
1 Introduction to Computers and Computer Programming Chapters 1-3
2 Data Types, Expressions, and Control Structures Chapters 3-4
3 Control Structures, Functions Chapters 5-6
4 Functions, Recursion Chapter 6
5 Arrays, Vectors, and The STL Chapter 7
6 Searching and Sorting Chapter 7
7 I/0 Streams and Data Files Chapter 8
8 Pointers Chapter 10
9 Classes and Object Oriented Programming (OOP) Chapter 11
10 More on Classes and OOP Chapter 11

Schedule of In-class Quizzes and Tests

All tests and quizzes will be on Mondays unless otherwise announced.

Class Event Date Percent Weight
Quiz 1 Week 3 5%
Test 1 Week 5 15%
Test 2 Week 8 15%
Final Exam Week 11 25%

In addition to the tests, there will be a number of homework/ programming assignments. These will will count for 40% of the course grade. They will be designed to help you understand course concepts and prepare you for the in-class quizzes and tests. Some of the tests and quizzes may involve writing short programs based on the concepts covered in lectures and in the programming assignments.

Email Communication

All assignments and projects must be submitted via email using your College email account. and must have a subject that begins with CSC 150 Homework Submission, followed by the assignment or project being submitted. For example, CSC 150 Submission of Project 1, or 150 Submission of Homework 3. When asking a question or requesting help via email, your subject must begin with CSC 150 Help: ...

Late Policy

All assignments and projects should be turned in by midnight on the day due. A 10% penalty will be assessed on projects turned in late, but in general this penalty will not be levied if the assignment is turned in before I have completed grading the batch of assignments to which it belongs. No assignment/project turned in after the due date for the next assignment/project will be graded. I will make an exception to this rule for students who have been coming to see me for help, where I judge that the student is reasonably close to getting the assignment or project done.

Policy on Missed Quizzes and Tests

In-class tests and quizzes missed without a legitimate excuse cannot be made up. If you have to miss quiz or test (for some legitimate reason) please let me know at least a week before and I will make arrangements for a make up. In the event some unexpected reason beyond your control prevents you from being in class on the day of a test, contact me as soon as possible by phone or email to arrange a make up.

Ethics Policy / Academic Dishonesty.

No student should turn in for grading work that has been done by someone else, or work on which they have received help but which they do not understand. Any work turned in by a student will be considered to have been plagiarized if the student can not explain it when requested to do so by the instructor. It will also be considered to have been plagiarized if there is clear evidence that the work has been copied from another source, even if the student can explain it.