CSCI 3300 Software Engineering


This section of the course (Spring 2016) meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00-10:50PM in Ritter 216. Please listen to the course theme song.

General Description

This is a course about how to design and build quality software. We will examine the entire software development process from initial concept to long-term maintenance, and apply what we learn to a large-scale semester project. The challenges involved in working as a team on a software project will lead into discussions of division of labor, modularity, resource management (human and otherwise), design meetings, and effective communication between team members.

Not everyone agrees on what works best when developing software. Software Engineering emerged as a subfield of Computer Science in the 1970's and 1980's in an attempt to increase software quality by introducing formal development processes, detailed up-front requirements and design documentation, and various (heavyweight) notations for expressing these documents. Because a lot of this work came out of academia, most university courses and textbooks emphasize these approaches.

The reality, however, is that day-to-day software practioners reject many of the ideas that are taught in typical university courses, and have embraced development philosophies like those expressed in the "Agile Manifesto":

My goal in this course is to teach you what works best in practice. The course, therefore, will focus on case studies. We'll look at how different companies, open source projects, and individuals organize their development efforts, discover what works and what doesn't, and try to synthesize all of this into "best practices" for software engineering.

Here is the course schedule which gives the specific topics to be covered.

The course prerequisite is a passing grade in CSCI 2300 (Object Oriented Software Design).

Textbook Information

There is no required text for the course.

Grading and Exams

You should periodically check the course schedule page for updates on project milestones and so on.

In total, 60% of your grade will be based on your semester software project. There will be three milestones. The first is at the end of the sixth week of class (February 19th), and will count for 15% of your grade. The second is at the start of the twelfth week (April 4th), and also counts for 15%. The final, end-of-semester milestone, worth 30%, is due on the last day of classes (Monday, May 2nd) and each team will do a brief presentation and demonstration of their project. The remainder of your course grade is based on an in-class midterm exam (15%) on March 2nd, and a comprehensive final exam (25%) on Wednesday, May 4th from noon to 1:50PM.

Your grade on each milestone will be based on overall software quality, your own contributions (I'll be following the git logs carefully), and a peer evaluation. We'll start every class with a 5-minute group "standup" meeting; your active participation in these meetings will influence your grade, so you are not permitted to miss class without prior approval from me and your team members.

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