C# Programming

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 227

       Course Name: C# Programming

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces programming using the C# programming language to solve business-related problems. Content includes program development and design, visual and object-oriented programming, screen design, structured programming techniques, and event-driven programming using objects. Programming assignment concepts include arithmetic calculations, decision making, looping, reports to screen and paper, subroutines and functions, interactive processing, working with arrays, and introductory concepts of file creation and access to data. Recommended: CIS 101, and CSC 155 (C++) or CSC 156 (Java) or CSC 157 (Python) or comparable programming knowledge or consent of the instructor or program coordinator.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate how to design, code, compile, and execute business-oriented programs using the C# programming language commands
  2. Develop programming logic for business-oriented programs using appropriate tools such as TOE (Task, Object and Event) charts, hierarchy charts, flowcharts, and pseudocode
  3. Identify the characteristics unique to object-oriented programming vs. structured programming
  4. Develop code that validates input data
  5. Analyze program-generated output for correctness
  6. Develop user-interfaces that generate user-friendly interfaces
  7. Use debugging techniques to find and resolve programming errors
  8. Develop internal and external documentation for each computer program

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 Programming Concepts and Languages
    1. Program design and development
    2. Tools for developing program logic
    3. C# as an object-oriented/Event-driven language
    4. Object-oriented and structured programming
      1. What is object-oriented programming?
      2. Object-oriented programming techniques
      3. Defining classes
      4. Defining class members
    5. Using Help
    6. Managing Projects and Solutions
      1. Opening and saving
      2. Creating executable files
      3. Using the editor
      4. Working within the design environment
    7. User Interfaces
      1. Design the user interface
      2. Design simple menus
      3. Communicating with the user
      4. Displaying output on screen and printer
      5. Input data validation
    8. Business mathematics sample problems
    9. Using the Language
      1. Operators
      2. Variables and constants
      3. Expressions
      4. Decision making
      5. Namespaces
      6. Branching
      7. Looping
      8. Arrays
      9. Built-in functions
      10. Passing parameters to subroutines
    10. Living in the .Net Framework
    11. Introduction to Data Handling
    12. Internal Documentation
    13. Accessing Web Services

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Reading, lecture, discussion, group work, demonstration of programs, hands-on exercises and projects, assignments, quizzes, and/or exams.

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..

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 www.oakton.edu/title9/.

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

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.