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


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.  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

The goals of this course are to develop a proficiency in C++ by:

  1. Use the C++ programming language commands to design, code, compile, execute, and debug business-oriented programs.
  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 accuracy.
  6. Develop user-friendly user 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. 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
      1. commands
      2. input and output streams
      3. opening and closing files
    9. Functions
  2. Variable types
  3. Operators:
    1. Arithmetic operators
    2. Type conversions
  4. Derived types
    1. Arrays
    2. Strings
    3. Structures, unions, enumerated data types
    4. Pointers
    5. Pointers, arrays, and pointer arithmetic
  5. Storage types
  6. Loops and relational expressions
  7. Branching statements and logical operators
  8. 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
  9. Storage classes, scope, and linkage
  10. C++ Namespaces
  11. Objects and classes
    1. Procedural versus object-oriented programming
    2. Abstraction and classes
    3. Class member functions
    4. Class constructors and destructors
  12. Working with classes
    1. Operating overloading
    2. Friends and overloading
    3. Overloading restrictions
    4. Classes and dynamic memory allocation
    5. Class inheritance
  13. Reusing Code in C++
    1. Classes with object members
    2. Private inheritance
    3. Class templates
    4. Multiple inheritance
  14. Friends and exceptions
  15. The string class and the standard template library
  16. Input, output and files

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Lectures
  2. Class discussion
  3. Problem analysis     
  4. Analysis of case studies
  5. Programming assignments
  6. Reading assignments

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

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

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

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

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

  5. 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

  1. Examinations and quizzes
    There will be four examinations
  2. 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.

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.