General Information, Spring 2018

About the class

CSE 232 is the second programming course, intended for CS majors or those interested in a more in-depth look at programming. It begins by introducing the C++ language and the Standard Template Library (STL), using the latest elements added by the c++11 standards, and moves on to working with more advanced data structures and algorithms.

In general, the idea is to learn to use the available power as provided by C++ and the STL, and then dive into the details of how we can implement those data structures and algorithms ourselves.


Roughly speaking, the class will be divided into two halves:

  • Learning C++ and the STL, applying it to some practical examples.
  • Building our own data structures and algorithms (managing memory, templates, etc.).
Some topics we cover are: selection and iteration, strings, functions, other data structures (vectors, string, maps etc.), File I/O, generic algorithms and user defined classes.

Class Policies

A summary of the Course Policies can be found at the provided link.


The schedule, readings and Exam schedule are listed at the bottom of this document. A Syllabus is also available.

Weekly Work Schedule

We have created a directory for each week that contains all the work for the week:

  • the pre-laboratory assignment on d2l, due by Thur midnight (all sections)
  • the laboratory assignment (due Friday at 5pm for 730 section students)
  • the current project assignment
  • lecture notes
  • a list of short videos on the topics of the week

If you need to know what is going on for the week, you simply look for the current week (which is announced each week in the Current News section), to see what the schedule for this week is.

In this way we think we can keep students better on track this way.

Schedule Information

Lab Schedules

Each section (check the schedule for your section number) has an lab meeting once a week. You are required to attend the lab session. You can miss only two lab sessions without penalty!!

Lab section times and information about the TA in charge can be found on the lab section .


Information about helproom hours, as well as TAs responsible for Online Piazza Discussions can be found at the helproom page.

The Rule of Coding:

In this course we will follow a set of conventions regarding how we name variables, functions and constants in our programs, how we indent, etc. While coding rules tend to be arbitrary, choosing one allows for consistency in an organization. We will choose to use the Google Coding standards (hey, why not) as applicable. We won't use all of it, but you can always look there and find the answer for proper standards.

Other Class Stuff

Previous Exams

Sample Exams are also available.

Other Stuff

Accessing your account

The college of Engineering Department of Engineering Computing Services (DECS) runs the lab and maintains the sofware you will be working with. They maintain a support page that can answer many of your questions.


The FAQ has answers to the questions lots of students ask.

Tentative Schedule

WeekDateTopicLab ProjectReadings
008-JanGetting StartedLab 00 1.1-1.3
1 15-Jan Types/Expressions Lab 01 Proj 01 2.1-2.2, 4.1-4.5, 4.11.1
   Arithmetic Ops  
2 22-Jan Control Lab 02 Proj 02 5.1-5.5, skip 5.4.3
329-Jan FunctionsLab 03Proj 03 6.1-6.3
   more types    2.3-2.5
405-Febchar, STL,Lab 04 Proj 043.1 to 3.2, 9.5
512-FebMore Functions, templatesLab 05Proj 056.4-6.5, 16.1.1
 File I/O 8.1-8.2
Exam I Wed, Feb 14 7pm, 1281 ANH   
619-FebHeader FilesLab 06 2.6, 6.1
  Vectors  3.3
726-FebString Stream, ExceptionsLab 07Proj 068.3, 5.6, 18.1
    Iterators  9.2, 10.4
805-MarSpring Break!   
    No school!   
912-MarGeneric Algorithms, LambdasLab 08Proj 07Chap 10
  Maps  11.1-11.4
1019-MarObject Oriented ProgrammingLab 09Proj 0815.1
  Structs, constructors  7.1, 7.5
1126-MarClasses IILab 10Proj 09Chap 7
Exam II Wed, Mar 28 7pm, 1281 ANH   
1202-AprArraysLab 11 3.5-3.6
   Dynamic Memory  12.1-12.2
1309-AprClasses & dynamic memoryLab 12Proj 10 
  Class templates  16.1-16.2
1416-AprLinked ListsLab 13  
  Big Oh Proj 11 
   Finish up