Course Information

Course Description, Goals, and Objectives

Description from Catalog:
Object-oriented design, inheritance hierarchies, information hiding principles, recursion, quick sort, multidimensional arrays, classes, pointers, dynamic memory, good programming style, documentation, debugging, and testing.

This course is the second in a sequence of computer programming courses in C++ and is a required course for students majoring in computer science. It is also a required course for students pursuing a minor in computer science. The goal is for students completing this course to be able to write a working C++ program using classes, recursion, dynamic allocation, etc. on their own when presented with a problem description. The course further develops programming skills using C++ and introduces students to algorithmic problem solving and software design.

Students completing this course should be able to:


Grade of C or better in CS 171 (Computer Programming I) or CS 132 (Computer Programming B)



Big C++
Cay Horstmann, Timothy A. Budd
Wiley Publishing Company, 2004
ISBN 0-471-47063-5

List Price:

Available at the Drexel Bookstore (

Software & Hardware Requirements

All Drexel students are required to have individual access to a dedicated microcomputer which meets minimum specifications, including: processor speed, memory and secondary storage requirements, connectivity via modem, high-speed or direct connection to campus network, and a CD-ROM drive. Please see for further information.

The official compiler used for this course is . This compiler runs under the Windows operating system only. Students using other operating systems are responsible for ensuring that programs they write will compile and run properly with Visual C++. Drexel Students may obtain via the Dreamspark Suite from Microsoft. To obtain Visual Studio, sign in to DrexelOne to verify your student status and connect to the appropriate JourneyEd product catalog.

Drexel students with insufficient Internet access to download such a large file may arrange to obtain a CD copy of the compiler through the Computer Science Department's license with Microsoft Academic Alliance. Do this as soon as possible, in order to allow sufficient time to complete assignments.

Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2010
Microsoft Corporation

Students will be required to submit written assignments in Microsoft Word format. Microsoft Office is available through the Drexel Software Server. Students may also use to produce documents in Word format. Notice that not all features of Microsoft Word may be available in Open Office.

This course is operating with the Blackboard Course Management System (also referred to as Bb Vista or WebCT), which allows electronic submission of assignments, quizzes, and lab exercises, along with online chat sessions and threaded discussion groups. Instructions on usage of Blackboard will be given in the first assignment and lab exercise. You can access the Blackboard course website by visiting the and logging in using your Drexel userid and Bannerweb PIN. Further help is available at the login page.

Browser Compatibility:

Usage of Blackboard requires a web browser. The Blackboard system does not work well with out of date or "non-standard" browsers. The site also makes use of JavaScript, Java, and pop-up windows, so you will need to enable JavaScript and Java, and disable pop-up blockers in order to use the site properly. If this presents you with difficulty, we recommend creating a separate user account on your machine with these settings, and using it for Blackboard interaction.