Syllabus for COS-213



This course explores C++ programming in the context of procedure and object-oriented software development. It combines theoretical and practical considerations. Overall, this course should give you a platform and direction to enhance your C++ knowledge, experience, and skills.


After completing this course, you should be able to: 

  1. Write, compile, and run programs using the C++ language.
  2. Write C++ programs first as a procedural language and then as an object-oriented language.
  3. Master aspects of C++ as it supports enhanced procedural environments and object-oriented design environments.
  4. Explain how C++ improves upon C.
  5. Describe recent enhancements to C++ and the direction C++ is heading.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-337871-9

Compiler Software

You will need a C++ compiler for this course. You cannot complete this course without a C++ compiler. (The CD that comes with the textbook contains example programs and Web resources, as well as a list of links of C++ compilers. These links list C++ compilers that are for sale and some links for scaled-down free versions of C++ compilers.) In every case, though, you must check with your mentor to get his or her views about the compiler you are planning to use. Regardless of the compiler you use, you must take responsibility for compiler support.

General Web Resources

The Web resources below are offered as a supplement to your reading assignments. Feel free to explore these Web sites as your time permits. If you get stuck on an assignment or need further clarification, check out the Web to see if these pages answer your question.

As you use any of these sites, please post to the Discussion Board any questions or comments you have on your visits. You are also encouraged to list additional Web sites that you have found helpful.

The textbook Web site has files you can download in a zip format as well as some discussion about each chapter.




C++ Programming is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include an overview, study materials and activities.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in six (6) graded online discussion forums, complete six (6) written assignments, complete one (1) comprehensive programming assignment, take a proctored online midterm examination, and complete a final project. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

In addition to posting an introduction to the class in module 1, you are required to participate in six (6) graded online class discussions, each focusing on an issue related to C++. Participation in these four class discussions counts 10 percent toward your final grade in the course.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct assignments: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Your initial responses to the discussion questions and subsequent comments on classmates' responses are due on the days specified by the course Calendar.

Written Assignments

You are required to submit six (6) written assignments to your mentor for grading. They are built around associated textbook chapters. As you do your reading in preparation for each written assignment, preview the assignment questions so that you know what to expect.

Most assignments require you to write programs. All assignments have multiple sections, and some sections offer you choices. Please read the directions for each assignment carefully so that you know what you are to submit.

Note: Before you submit an assignment, you must check with your mentor for specific guidelines on how to submit your program assignments. Unless otherwise directed, for each program that you write for an activities, please submit .cpp files so that you don't lose proper indentation and perhaps have other formatting problems. (C++ program files that you enter and run in your compiler will have the .cpp extension.) For the true-false assignment, you should determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, submit that assignment using the word processing software you used to prepare it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.

Comprehensive Programming Assignment

This course includes a comprehensive programming assignment, due in Week 6. It consists of three (3) programming problems based on material from Modules 1 through 3. You will submit this assignment by Sunday of Week 6 (see the course Calendar), submitting it in the same way you have been doing for your other written assignments in this course.


You are free to use your textbook if desired when working on the comprehensive programming assignment.

The assignment is located in the Comprehensive Assignment area of the course Web site.

Midterm Examination

You are required to take a midterm examination consisting of a proctored, closed-book multiple choice online exam.. See the Calendar for the dates of midterm exam week.

Proctored Multiple-Choice Exam

For the multiple-choice exam you are required to use the College’s Online Proctor Service. Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see the General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to make your scheduling arrangements for your midterm exam within the first week of the semester.

The proctored midterm is 1.5 hours long and covers the material assigned in Chapters 1 through 9 of the textbook (reading and assignments from modules 1—3). The exam consists of fifty (50) multiple choice questions. The exam is closed-book.

Online exams are administered through the course Web site.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

Final Project

There is no final exam in this course. Instead, you will complete a final project. The final project contains five programming problems and will focus primarily on the material in the assigned sections of the following textbook chapters (see the study assignments in each module):

However, because all computing is cumulative, you should review all the material in the course for the final project.

The five programming problems are available to you now and you can download these problems at any time.

You will submit your final project exactly as you have been submitting your assignments throughout the course. In other words, submit the .cpp source code files just as you would for an assignment that calls for a program. (If you have unique needs concerning Internet access or availability, you should have already made special arrangements with your mentor for assignment submissions and will continue those arrangements.) The problems vary in complexity and so have different weightings for your total project grade.

You may begin working on your final project at any time you are ready. Submit your final project no later than midnight Saturday (eastern time) of Week 12. If you are on a course extension, you will need to contact your mentor about the proper due date.

The project is located in the Final Project area of the course Web site.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.


Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at




Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin


Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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