C++ Programming FoundationsCertificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology


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 study. Course materials include a combination of text based (Adobe Acrobat) and flash based video tutorials, plus links to websites where appropriate.

DURATION 12 Months (subject to extension upon circumstance)

C++ Programming foundation serves as a valuable bridge to further study in games programming and will build a portfolio for entry into AIE’s Advanced Diploma level courses.

Units of Competency


BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
BSBWHS304 Participate effectively in WHS communication and consultative processes
ICTICT202 Work and communicate effectively in an ICT environment
ICTICT301 Create user documentation
ICTICT302 Install and optimise operating system software
ICTSAS301 Run standard diagnostic tests


ICTICT203 Operate application software packages
ICTICT304 Implement system software changes
ICTICT307 Customise packaged software applications for clients
ICTICT308 Use advanced features of computer applications
ICTICT409 Develop macros and templates for clients using standard products
ICTICT305 Identify and use current industry specific technologies
ICTICT306 Migrate to new technology
ICTPRG301 Apply introductory programming techniques
ICTPRG406 Apply introductory object-oriented language skills
ICTPRG413 Use a library or pre-existing components
ICTPRG417 Apply mathematical techniques for software development

Hardware Requirements:

The minimum computer specifications that we recommend for Certificate courses are:

  • i5 microprocessor
  • 8 GB ram
  • This is a 100% online delivered course so there is a reasonable bandwidth speed required (512kbps minimum recommended) and downloads may vary from 60MB – 100MB per week for classes. An initial download of the software will be needed and this is around 4GB.
  • Headset with microphone

The minimum suggested computer specifications are:

  • i7 microprocessor
  • 8 GB ram
  • 6 series NVidia graphics card
  • This is a 100% online delivered course so there is a reasonable bandwidth speed required (512kbps minimum recommended) and downloads may vary from 60MB – 100MB per week for classes. An initial download of the software will be needed and this is around 4GB.
  • Headset with microphone

Suggested hardware:

  • Headset with microphone

If your current computer meets these specifications, you will be able to install and run the software required for your course.

Software Requirements:

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.

Module One (40 hrs):

Module One focuses on teaching students the basics of computer care, OH&S, navigation of their new programming environment plus fundamental data types used in C/C++ languages and how to manipulate them.

Module One's assignment starts off the easy parts of the game project using the techniques learned during the module.

Module Two (40 hrs):

The main focus of Module Two is developing underlying game project design skills that are valuable for creating team friendly code. This module also deals with some slightly more advanced programming techniques used for decisions and branching in a project.

Module Two's assignment adds a lot to the game project using these new techniques.

Module Three (40 hrs):

Module Three focuses on basic math skills that will give students an understanding of how objects move around in a game environment, but also covers user defined storage types and a detailed look at what a game loop should do.

Also covered are some essential sustainability, computer software and hardware skills needed by every programmer.

Module Three's assignment completes the project.

Each module will take approximately 8 weeks to complete, including the assignment.

This is calculated at someone spending about 5hrs a week on the course. Each tutorial set contains approximately 6 - 8 lessons covering all of the subject models.

For further information on C++ Programming Foundations please contact the Student Liaison, on 02 6162 5139 or email online@aie.edu.au.

Course Fees

  • Full Fee - $3,200 AUD
  • Year 10, 11 and 12 - $1,600 AUD

This is a direct entry course, no portfolio or interview is necessary.
Please note: VET in School students should see their school’s VET Coordinator for fees.

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