This course is designed to introduce students to the range of skills necessary to begin a pathway into a career in programming for the Electronic Games industries. C++ Programming Foundations is an introductory level online course that is extremely flexible allowing students to study at their own pace, in their own time and in their own place while still being fully supported in their learning. The course contains detailed self-paced tutorials, numerous exercises, an assessment task for each of its modules that develops a mini computer game over the duration of the study. Course materials include a combination of text-based (Adobe Acrobat) and flash based video tutorials, plus links to websites where appropriate. Successful completion of C++ Programming Foundations enables students to enter directly into more intensive programming courses, such as the Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development - Specialising in Software Development at AIE.
Students will need the following software to successfully complete the online course:
- Microsoft Visual C++ Express (2012 or later). This is freely available on the internet and instructions on downloading and installing are available as part of the first section in the course.
- A web browser
- Word processing software (MS Word, OpenOffice, etc)
- Adobe Acrobat reader
- A 64mb or larger thumb drive
- Students will also need an internet connection, preferably broadband, though dial-up would be sufficient. Beware of the downloads required for each module and ensure your download limits allow for the amounts indicated.
The course contains a series of pdf files (averaging 25kb each - approximately 40 – 50 per module ) with some video tutorials ( averaging 10kb each – there are only a few through the course). There are additional downloads for software used throughout the course and these total to approximately 900mb – split between the first and the last module. Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free software package available from www.adobe.com Open Office is a free word processing package available from www.openoffice.org Thumb drives are a removable storage unit that is used in the final module of the course. They can be purchased very cheaply from most electrical type stores.
Areas of Study
C++ Programming Foundations is made up of three modules of study. These modules each contain various tutorials and exercises. The modules also contain one overall project, broken down into small assignments, that involves students developing a small game project from scratch over the duration of the course.