In this class you will continue to develop the programming skills you learned in CS 150 by learning more elaborate programming technieques and concentrating on how to organize a solution to a problem you are trying to solve. Computer Science is much more than computer programming. But many CS educators believe that developing programming skills in a student also help to cultivate skills in such areas as problem solving, logical thinking, and the understanding of how the computer works.
The first two
weeks of the course will be devoted to assessing the overall background of
the class and reviewing of the programming concepts and techniques learned
in CS 150. After this
introductory period, topics listed in the
section below will be covered using lectures, labs, and hands-on exercises.
During the class you are encouraged to bring up questions and
participate in discussions throughout the semester. In the last part of the
course, you will be paired with a partner to work on a couple of programming
projects. In particular, you will learn the object-oriented
programming method, which is used extensively in moder programming.
In particular, you will learn the object-oriented programming method, which is used extensively in moder programming.
At the conclusion of the CS160 course students will demonstrate their ability to:
- Implement functions with greater ease
- Write programs of moderate size in C++, using algorithms chosen from several alternate approaches
- Use top-down, step-wise refinement technique in structured programming methodology to solve problems.
- Show understanding of abstraction in programming
- Have an understanding of the concepts of classes, objects, attributes, and methods which are the basic elements of object-oriented programming
- Write programs in terms of C++ predefined classes using Standard Library Templates (STL)
- Differentiate strengths and weaknesses of different search and sort algorithms
- Cooperate with partners in developing software systems