CSCI 2300 Object Oriented Software Design


This section of the course (Fall 2017) meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00-12:50PM in Ritter Hall 115.

General Description

In this course you will continue learning how to design, write, and test computer software, in particular, object-oriented software in the Java programming language. I view this course as a bridge between the introductory programming courses CSCI 1300/2100 and the more sophisticated techniques that make up Software Engineering (which many of you will take next Spring).

The course prerequisite is a C- or better in CSCI 2100 (Data Structures).

Topics/Course Outline

Student Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

Textbook Information

The textbook for the course is Head First Design Patterns, by Bates, Sierra, Freeman, and Robson. The book is available from O'Reilly, Amazon, or the SLU bookstore.

For those of you who choose to use the lab computers, please read the department and university policies on appropriate use of computer systems.

Grading System

Various readings, exercises, and small programming problems will be assigned throughout the semester. Although these are not to be turned in for a grade, it is critical that you complete all of the assignments if you hope to master the course material. I will check that you understand the lectures, homework, and reading by means of two in-class hour exams, scheduled for Friday, October 6th, and Friday, November 17th; each is worth 15% of your final grade.

You will also turn in two programming assignments for a grade; each of these is worth 10% of your final grade.

Each student will work with a group (two or more) on a semester project. This will be a medium-to-large scale project, implemented in Java, and artfully designed according to the principles we'll learn about in the course. Other groups of students in the course will act as "customers", from whom you will need to gather requirements. The project makes up 25% of your final grade.

The final exam is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13th from noon to 1:50PM; it is comprehensive and is worth 25% of your final grade.

Letter grades will be based on each student's overall percentage of awarded points according to the following formula.

Student percentage above 90% will result in a grade of A or better.
Student percentage above 87% will result in a grade of A- or better.
Student percentage above 83% will result in a grade of B+ or better.
Student percentage above 80% will result in a grade of B or better.
Student percentage above 77% will result in a grade of B- or better.
Student percentage above 73% will result in a grade of C+ or better.
Student percentage above 70% will result in a grade of C or better.
Student percentage above 67% will result in a grade of C- or better.
Student percentage above 60% will result in a grade of D or better.
Student percentage below 60% will result in a grade of F.

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