This is a design oriented course that meets in a computer lab/classroom for maximum emphasis on hands-on programming. Lectures will be reinforced with small programming examples during the lecture, followed by homeworks and lab exercises that will focus on numerical computing and computational financial applications. The course is broken up into three major parts: the first part covers the basics of C++ syntax, data types and program structure. The second introduces object oriented programming concepts. The third part of the course covers data structures and advanced program design. All concepts and topics covered will be demonstrated using financial or numerical computing applications. The course will culminate in a final project. The textbook for the course is "How to Program in C++"by Deitel & Deitel. It is a general guide for C++ and has a supplemental lab manual.