Advanced Topics in Visual Basic .NET Programming

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 213

       Course Name: Advanced Topics in Visual Basic .NET Programming

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course concentrates on writing complex programs using Visual Basic .NET concepts and commands. Content includes object-oriented concepts and design, configuring Visual Basic, user interfaces, .NET Framework controls, add-ins and utilities, dynamic control and object creation, creating a multiple document interface application (MDI), using the Windows API, Registry and INI files, Web Services, adding an Online Help system to applications, and deployment of applications. Recommended: CIS 180 or comparable programming knowledge or consent of the instructor or program coordinator.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to write, test, and document a variety of complex Visual Basic .NET programs which include:

  1. Object-oriented concepts and design
  2. Numeric and string functions
  3. Multi-dimensional data arrays (tables)
  4. Structures and enumerations
  5. Use of .NET Framework controls
  6. Use of add-ins and utilities
  7. Dynamic control and object creation
  8. Interacting with other Windows Applications
  9. Multiple document interface applications (MDI)
  10. Help files
  11. Using the Windows API, Registry and INI files
  12. Web Services

The student will display competency in program design and problem solving including:

  1. Deployment of applications
  2. Designing classes for a given business problem
  3. Analyze program code for errors
  4. Debugging and error handling
  5. Preparation of adequate documentation

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. Review of Visual BASIC
    1. The environment
    2. Objects, events, properties, and methods
    3. Data types and type conversion
    4. Arrays
    5. Procedures
    6. Screen and paper output
    7. User Interfaces
    8. Using the Object Browser
  2. Object-oriented programming
    1. Understanding the OOP nature of .NET
    2. Object-oriented terminology
    3. Creating class modules
    4. Creating a new object using a class
    5. Choosing when to create new objects
    6. Initialize and Terminate Events
  3. Advanced OOP Techniques
    1. Inheritance
    2. Interfaces
    3. Delegates
    4. Custom Exceptions
  4. Arrays, Collections and Generics
    1. Sorting of arrays
    2. Multidimensional arrays
    3. Fixed and dynamic allocation
    4. Using user-defined data types (structures)
    5. Enumerations
    6. Passing arrays and structures to procedures
    7. Basic .NET collection classes
    8. Generics and generic collections
  5. Controls
    1. .NET Framework controls
    2. User controls
    3. Control inheritance
    4. Dynamic control and object creation
  6. Using .NET Framework objects and methods
  7. Coding Multiple Document Interfaces (MDI)
    1. Creating a simple MDI program
    2. Creating multiple instances of a form
    3. Managing parent and child forms
  8. Extending VB .NET by Using the Windows API
    1. Calling the basic API and DLLs
    2. Using the Windows API
    3. P/Invoke
  9. Using the Windows Registry and INI files
    1. INI Files and the Windows Registry
    2. INI Files and the Windows API
    3. Using the .NET Framework to Access the Windows Registry
    4. Accessing the Registry using the Windows API
  10. Other topics
    1. Multithreading
    2. Localization and Globalization
    3. COM Interop
    4. Add-ins and utilities
    5. Web Services
  11. Distributing applications
    1. Deployment options
    2. Adding a Help System to an application
    3. Optimizing applications

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Reading, lecture, discussion, group work, demonstration of programs, hands-on exercises and projects, assignments, quizzes, and/or tests
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading: Students will be expected to read text book and research appropriate manuals as needed.
Writing: Interactive programming requires student to be able to write screen and other instructions using clear and syntactically correct English.
Computer: Students will use computers to create, test and debug a variety of programs.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

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

Students will be evaluated on quality of programs, other written assignments, 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.