CS 4531 Syllabus

Fall 2012

CS 4531 Course Description

CS 4531 - Software Engineering
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2511 or #; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Recognition of conditions for production of high quality software. Use of current software development technology. Organization and management of software development projects. Includes a significant team project.

Teaching Staff

Course Text and Resources

Course Organization and Objectives

In an important way, this course is about ethics. This does not mean that you will learn a list of do's and don't's. Instead, you will be learning to analyze products of the software development process with regard to quality. This involves careful deliberation and judgment. The deliberation is difficult at first, but with experience, it becomes automatic in part. In other words, you develop good habits, both for thinking and for doing.

For this to work, you need two things. First, you need some theory: concepts for understanding the software development process, factors that affect its quality, principles that can guide your choices among alternatives, and common techniques for producing quality software. As is common today, the theory will focus on object-oriented methodology.

Second, you need practice: practice at thinking in terms of the values, concepts, and principles of software engineering, and practice applying them to actual software projects. To get practice applying the theory, you will work with Java Server Faces, a framework for developing web applications. Early in the term you will be working on individual programming assignments. Later you will be working on a team project. Your experience should enhance your understanding of software engineering values, principles, and concepts introduced in the term.

Grading Basis

Your grade will be based on the total points you earn on exams and assignments. These points are broken down as follows:

Item Number Each Total Percent
Midterm Exam 2 100 200 37%
Final Exam 1 150 150 28%
Programming Assignments 5 10-20 70 13%
Project 1 120 120 22%
Total 540 100%

The final grades will be based on the 500 point total. Generally:

These grade cutoffs will never be raised; but they may be lowered.

Project scores are based on your team's score for the project adjusted by an individual participation component. The participation component is based on attendance at mandatory team meetings (about 2 per week in the last third of the term) and team member evaluations.

Exam Dates

Exam Date
Midterm 1 Monday, October 8
Midterm 2 Monday, November 12
Final Monday, December 17, 0800-0955

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