C++ Programming for Business Applications

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 230

       Course Name: C++ Programming for Business Applications

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CIS 220 or C programming experience.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces programming using the C++ programming language to solve business-related problems. Content includes program format, data types, function declarations, preprocess or directives, arithmetic and relational operators, and file input and output. Object-oriented programming is introduced.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The goals of this course are to develop a proficiency in C++ by:
  1. Understanding the differences between C and C++ programming languages
  2. Relating conventional problems to C++ solutions
  3. Examining heretofore difficult problems in a simple way
  4. Programming simple business applications using C++.
  5. Learning the terminology of the object oriented technology

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A. Introduction to the C++ Language
   1. C/C++ Differences
   3. new keywords
   4. variable declarations
   5. Header files and public interface
   6. The C++ preprocessor
   7. Libraries
   8. Input/Output
      a. commands
      b. input and output streams
      c. opening and closing files
   9. Functions

B. Variable types

C. Operators:
   1. Arithmetic operators
   2. Type conversions

D. Derived types
   1. Arrays
   2. Strings
   3. Structures, unions, enumerated data types
   4. Pointers
   5. Pointers, arrays, and pointer arithmetic

E. Storage types

F. Loops and relational expressions

G. Branching statements and logical operators

H. Functions:
   1. C++’s programming modules
   2. Function arguments
   3. Functions and arrays
   4. Functions and strings
   5. Functions and structures
   6. Reference variables
   7. Function Overloading
   8. Function templates

I. Storage classes, scope, and linkage

J. C++ Namespaces

K. Objects and classes
   1. Procedural versus object-oriented programming
   2. Abstraction and classes
   3. Class member functions
   4. Class constructors and destructors

L. Working with classes
   1. Operating overloading
   2. Friends and overloading
   3. Overloading restrictions
   4. Classes and dynamic memory allocation
   5. Class inheritance

M. Reusing Code in C++
   1. Classes with object members
   2. Private inheritance
   3. Class templates
   4. Multiple inheritance

N. Friends and exceptions

O. The string class and the standard template library

P. Input, output and files

VII.  Methods of Instruction

A. Lectures
B. Class discussion
C. Problem analysis
D. Analysis of case studies
E. Programming assignments
F. Reading assignments
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

A. Reading:
Primary reading material will be the required text and needed lab manuals.

B. Writing:
All programs must be documented to explain the algorithms being used, how the program is to be run, expected input and output.

C. Mathematics:
Students will be expected to solve math problems at the intermediate algebra level.

D. Computer use:
All lab assignments must be done on any available computer using any C++ compiler.

E. Lab practices:
The students will be allowed to develop their program assignments on whatever computer is available to them but will be required to demonstrate capability on the current equipment in the assigned lab.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Examinations and quizzes. There will be four examinations
Lab assignments. A minimum of eight lab assignments will be completed.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.