General Information, Fall 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

This Policies Document are some of the rules and regs for cse232. Read them!!!


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 laboratory assignment, the project assignment (if there is one), the lectures and the examples, plus some short videos on the topic of each 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.


The MSU Learning Resource Center offers tutoring for a variety of classes, including CSE 232.

Tentative Schedule

WeekDateTopicLab ProjectReadings
029-AugGetting StartedLab 00 1.1-1.3
1 3-Sep Types/Expressions Lab 01 Proj 01 2.1-2.2, 4.1-4.5, 4.11.1
    Arithmetic Ops      
210-Sep ControlLab 02Proj 025.1-5.5, skip 5.4.3
3 17-Sep Functions Lab 03 Proj 03 6.1-6.3
    More Types     2.3-2.5
424-Sep Characters, STLLab 04Proj 043.1-3.2, 9.5
51-OctMore Functions, TemplatesLab 05 Proj 056.4-6.5
    File I/O  8.1-8.2
Exam Thur, 4-Oct 7pm, 1281 ANH   
68-OctHeader FilesLab 06 2.6, 6.1
  Vectors  3.3
715-OctString Streams, ExceptionsLab 07Proj 068.3, 5.6, 18.1
  Iterators  9.2, 10.4
822-OctGeneric Algorithms, LambdasLab 08Proj 07Chap 10
    Maps  11.1-11.4
929-OctObject Oriented ProgrammingLab 09Proj 0815.1
  Structs, constructors  7.1, 7.5
105-NovClasses IILab 10 Chap 7
Exam Fri, 9-Nov 7pm, 1281 ANH   
1112-NovArraysLab 11Proj 093.5-3.6
   Dynamic Memory  12.1-12.2
1219-NovClasses, Dynamic MemoryLab 12 (online) Proj 10  
 Thu 22-NovThanksgiving    
   no lab meetings this week    
   lab12 online for everybody!   
   Class Templates  16.1-16.2
1326-NovLinked ListsLab 13   
  Big Oh Proj 11 
  Finish up