Spring 2020 - CMPT 129 D100

Introduction to Computing Science and Programming for Mathematics and Statistics (3)

Class Number: 6724

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 22, 2020
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 102 or CMPT 120.



A second course in computing science and programming intended for students studying mathematics, statistics or actuarial science and suitable for students who already have some background in computing science and programming. Topics include: a review of the basic elements of programming: use and implementation of elementary data structures and algorithms; fundamental algorithms and problem solving; basic object-oriented programming and software design; computation and computabiiity and specification and program correctness. Students with credit for CMPT 125 or 135 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.


This course is a rigorous introduction to computing science and computer programming aimed at students who have already completed a basic computing science or programming course. Students will learn fundamental concepts of computing science as well as develop basic skills in software development, with application to problems in mathematics and allied areas.


  • C/C++ review of ifs/loops, basic input and output using C++
  • Writing simple functions, arguments passed by value and by reference
  • File input and output, error handling,
  • 1 and 2-D arrays
  • Pointers, dynamic allocation of arrays, using arrays as function arguments
  • Recursion
  • Linear and binary search, algorithms for methods of sorting, Empirical comparison of sorting methods
  • Introduction to classes
  • Data structures (some as examples of classes), stacks, hash tables, linked lists


  • Labs 5%
  • Assignments 20%
  • Midterms 30%
  • Final 45%



  • Starting Out with C++: From Control Structures through Objects, 9th Edition, Gaddis, Pearson, 2017, 9780134498379


  • Starting Out with C++: From Control Structures through Objects, 9th Edition, Gaddis, Pearson, 2017

ISBN: 9780134498379

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