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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Kieran Love


This unit will further develop object-oriented programming skills, and introduce the C++ language to students. Streams, pointers and arrays, classes, inheritance and polymorphism, templates and the STL, along with the I/O class hierarchy will be discussed at length. Interactive programming techniques will be used to solve various programming exercises. This unit will build upon previous programming skills, and provide a strong grounding for further study in this area, especially related to games engine development. The unit will examine game creation using C++ and Microsoft Windows DirectX.


At the completion of this unit students will have -
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • the history and concepts of the C++ language;
  • how C++ relates to other commercial languages, especially Java;
  • the features and capabilities of C++, comprising:
  • Streams
  • Pointers and arrays
  • Classes, inheritance and polymorphism
  • Templates and the STL
  • The I/O class hierarchy;
  • the possible solutions/approaches when using C++ for interactive programming; and
  • Microsoft DirectX (2D and 3D) and the role of the Windows API in game development.
Developed attitudes that reflect:
  • enthusiasm for interactive programming;
  • motivation to develop further programming skills; and
  • confidence to understand and explain existing C++ code.
Developed the skills and ability to:
  • adapt Java code to C++;
  • design, develop and debug software applications written in C++, with a focus on interaction;
  • manipulate music and sound effects within a game via C++ ; and
  • create a 3d interactive environment, using C++, that displays the techniques learnt during the unit.


Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Matthew Butler

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


FIT2048 and one of FIT1007, FIT2034



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