Introduction to Programming using Visual Basic.NET

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 113

       Course Name: Introduction to Programming using Visual Basic.NET

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CIS 101 or CIS 103 or comparable computer knowledge and one year of high school algebra or equivalent.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces programming concepts using hierarchy charts, program flowcharts, pseudocode, and the Visual Basic .NET programming language to solve business-related problems.  Content includes fundamentals of structured programming, arithmetic calculations, decision making, looping, data input and output, numeric and string variables, functions and procedures, arrays, file creation, data retrieval, and developing and debugging Visual Basic programs.  Object-oriented theory and terminology will be introduced.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to develop structured programs to solve business-related problems. The student will demonstrate their understanding of programming concepts using hierarchy charts, program flowcharts, pseudocode and writing program instructions in Visual Basic. The student will be able to analyze and present logical solutions for problems involving:

  1. Arithmetic, relational, and logical operators
  2. Variables and constants
  3. Counters
  4. Decision making
  5. Looping
  6. Reports with totals
  7. Reports with single and multiple level totals
  8. Arrays (tables)
  9. Functions and procedures
  10. Data (input) validation
  11. File creation and data retrieval

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

  1. The Programming Process
  2. Programming languages and terminology
  3. Object-oriented concepts
  4. Tools for developing program logic
  5. Flowcharts
  6. Pseudocode
  7. Hierarchy charts
  8. Programming Concepts
    1. Types of variables
    2. Scope of variables
    3. Constants
    4. Arithmetic operations
    5. Relational operations
    6. Counters
    7. Looping
    8. Branching
    9. Subroutines
    10. Functions and sub functions
    11. Procedures and sub procedures
    12. Reports
      1. Types of reports
        1. Detail
        2. Summary
        3. Exception
      2. Single-level totals
      3. Multiple-level totals
    13. Reports with headings and footings
    14. Screen output
    15. Creation and access of sequential files
    16. Input Validation
    17. Decision logic
      1. Control fields
      2. Decision tables
      3. Simple and compound conditions
      4. Logical operators
    18. Arrays
    19. Debugging and Error Handling
    20. The Visual BASIC environment
    21. Managing Visual Basic Projects
    22. User Interfaces

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, group work, demonstration of programs, and hands-on programming assignments
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading: Read text book and other assigned materials
Writing:  Complete written and oral assignments as required by the instructor.
Computer: Use computer to develop flowcharts and pseudocode and use the Visual Basic compiler to create, test and debug a programs.

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

A minimum of 10 logic assignments using flowcharts and pseudocode to solve the problem and writing Visual Basic code to demonstrate and reinforce programming concepts.  Students will be evaluated on the program producing correct output and the quality of the coded instructions.  Quizzes and tests as specified by the instructor.

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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.