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Monash University

FIT3126 Applications with C++ - Semester 2, 2011

The main topics covered in this unit are: Object-oriented design and programming in C++ which include object identification, data encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism; concurrent programming techniques which include principles of concurrency, safety and liveness design, multithreaded programming in C++; network and distributed software construction principles and techniques which include network software performance, client-server software construction, socket and RPC programming in C++; and study and compare C++ with Java and Ada in terms of large software constructions.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


Workload commitments per week are:

  • two-hour lecture and
  • two-hour tutorial and laboratory (requiring advance preparation)
  • a minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

Unit Relationships


CSE3400, CSE4530, FIT4033


One of FIT1002, CPE1001 or CSE1202 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Jay Zeal

Academic Overview

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will have -

A knowledge and understanding of:

  • object-oriented design and programming with C++ for large software development;
  • concurrent design and programming with programming languages which do not have built-in features to support concurrency like C++;
  • how to develop high performance software with programming languages that do not support concurrency such as C++;
  • network and distributed programming using C++.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • appreciate OO application design and implementation with C++;
  • appreciate design and implementation techniques of concurrent applications with C++;
  • appreciate design and implementation techniques of network applications with C++.
Gained practical skills in:
  • object identification in software development;
  • concurrent design with mutual exclusion, deadlock free software construction, live lock avoidance, and efficient task communications;
  • programming with multithreading, semaphores, thread communication and synchronisation mechanism;
  • network and distributed programming using OO programming, sockets and C++;
  • developing high performance applications with C++ using OO programming together with concurrency and networking.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Object Oriented Programming and Concurrency 20% Week 7
Assignment 2 - Object Oriented Programming and Network Programming 20% Week 12
Lab work 10% Weekly
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.


Our feedback to You

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments

Your feedback to Us

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Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction and programming language evolution  
2 C++ basics 1 - Objects and Classes  
3 C++ basics 2 - Inheritance  
4 C++ basics 3 - Polymorphism  
5 Introduction to concurrency  
6 Thread based programming 1  
7 Thread based programming 2 Assignment 1 due Week 7
8 Advanced concepts in multithreading  
9 Introduction to network programming  
10 Network programming with concurrency  
11 Network programming in depth  
12 Case study Assignment 2 due Week 12
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
  • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 - Object Oriented Programming and Concurrency
    Completion of the assignment requires a good knowledge of OOP concepts and concurrency principles.

    Implemented program needs to employ multiple threads created using C++.
    Criteria for assessment:

    - Implementation of specified features

    - Quality of solution: efficiency, documentation, accuracy, adherence to OO principles

    - Evidence of testing

    - Quality of oral presentation

    Due date:
    Week 7
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - Object Oriented Programming and Network Programming
    Completion of the assignment involves:

    - Network programming with Unix Sockets or Boost library

    - OOP and concurrency principles
    Criteria for assessment:

    - Implementation of specified features

    - Quality of solution: efficiency,  documentation, accuracy, adherence to OO principles

    - Evidence of testing

    - Quality of oral presentation

    Due date:
    Week 12
  • Assessment task 3
    Lab work
    Weekly lab tasks to be completed during 2 hour lab session.
    Criteria for assessment:

    - Completion of tasks during lab session

    Due date:


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information


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