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91.204 Computing IV is taught in various ways:

Probably the only thing that can strongly be claimed about the course throughout the years is “do stuff in C++, ” “have the students write lots of code,” and “do cool stuff.” (Of course, this last one depends on one's definition of cool.)

As of Spring 2015, the catalog listing for 91.204 Computing IV says:

Advanced C++ programming, which deepens students' understanding of object-oriented analysis and design. Basic software engineering principles and practice, including work with APIs. Topics may include program translation, web software, parsing, and regular expressions.

I'd say that there definitely existed a point in time when having all students learn how to write a linker was the correct answer to the question “What should be taught in Computing IV?”