Faculty of Information Technology

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


Following on from FIT1040, this unit introduces the C++ language to students. The unit provides a foundational understanding of the C++ language, regarding syntax and applied practice, with a focus on object-oriented design principles. Fundamental programming control structures in the C++ context will be presented, as will object oriented design as a process for program design and problem solving. More advanced object-oriented programming topics such as inheritance and polymorphism will also be covered. Other C++ fundamentals such as pointers and the STL will be presented, as will implementations of the main algorithms and data structures used in problem solving.


At the completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. construct and compile working programs using C++ syntax fundamentals;
  2. apply object-oriented design principles, including inheritance and polymorphism, to solve programming problems;
  3. create C++ programs using pointers to demonstrate an understanding of efficient memory use and management;
  4. troubleshoot C++ program code using an Integrated Development Environment and its tools.


Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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