CS1411 - Introduction to Programming Principles I


Course objective

CS 1411 introduces the C++ language to establish a foundation in procedural computer programming and problem solving.

Announcements / Assignments

Announcements are posted on the class web page. Please check them frequently.

Class Hours

Section Activity Time Location
160 Lecture MWF 10:00 - 10:50 am PE 116
501 Lab T 11:00 - 12:20 PE 118
502 Lab W 2:00 - 3:20 PE 118

Attendance policy

Attendence in class will be checked every day. Attendence is not a certain percentage of the grade, but may be bring a grade down if to many classes are missed. It is the students own responsibility to aquire the material covered in classes she / he missed.

There will be pop quizzes which will count as 0 if not taken, unless you have a valid excuse. Proof (e.g. doctors note) may be required.

If, for any reason, you are absent on an exam / programming test date, you will have to notify the instructor on the same day at the latest. This can be done by a roommate, friend, parent, etc.

Lab policy

Lab attendance is required. Your grade will be affected by missed labs.

The Lab assignments have to be done during the lab period in the Lab. The students may leave early if the assignments are completed.


Lecturer: Max Berger, max@berger.name, CS 306 J

Teaching Assistant: Lin, Zhijun

Office Hours:

Mo 11 - 12, We 12 - 1

However, the best way to reach me is to schedule an appointment via email.

Text Books:


  • Simply C++: An Application-Driven Tutorial Approach Harvey M. Deitel, Deitel & Associates, Inc. Paul J. Deitel, Deitel & Associates, Inc. ISBN: 0-13-142660-5 Publisher: Prentice Hall

Strongly suggested:

  • C++ Pocket Reference By Kyle Loudon 1st Edition May 2003 Series: Pocket References ISBN: 0-596-00496-6


  • C++ in a Nutshell A Desktop Quick Reference By Ray Lischner 1st Edition May 2003 Series: In a Nutshell ISBN: 0-596-00298-X

Other suggestions:

  • C++ Primer, 3rd edition, by S. Lippman. Addison Wesley, 1998. ISBN:0-201-82470-1
  • The C++ Programming Language, 3rd Edition), by Bjarne Stroustrup. Addison Wesley, 1997, ISBN: 0201889544

Textbook policy

If you can't find the mandatory text book at the book store please get it online. There will be tests over material in the text book that might not be covered in class!


Your programs will need to able to run under one of the following environments:

  • Eclipse CDT on Windows with MinGW GCC 3.2
  • Eclipse CDT on Macintosh with Apple GCC 3.4 or 4.0

You may also need:

  • Winzip (or something similar) for submission
  • Microsoft Powerpoint, Adobe Acrobat Reader for class notes

Please note that all of these are installed in the Lab. If you need them for you personal computer you can download the Microsoft software for free on eRaider

FilZip (a free ZIP program) can be downloaded at www.filzip.com.

Acrobat Reader can be found at www.adobe.com.

Installation instructions for Eclipse CDT can be found on my personal web site.


Item Weight
Labs 15%
Exams (2) 30% total
Programming projects (3) 30% total
Pop Quizzes 10%
Final 15%
Total 100%

Numeric to letter grades: 0-59: F, 60-69: D, 70-79: C, 80-89: B, 90-100: A. A higher grade may be given if students shows promise of success, A lower grade may be given if student shows lack of discipline (e.g. many missed classes).

Zero-Rule: Should any of the individual grade averages be zero (e.g. never turned in any notes) the student may (and most probably will) receive an F regardless of the total average!

Academic Conduct

The academic conduct applies, as stated in the "Statement of Academic Conduct for Engineering Students, College of Engineering, Texas Tech University". The most important fact: "If academic misconduct is determined by the instructor, a failing grade shall be assigned to either the assignment in question or to the course grade."