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Course : Software Engineering - Spring 2024

Course Number
CMPS 4113
Section Number
Spring 2024
Bolin Hall, 213
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, May 08, 2023 1:00 pm

General Course Objectives: The purpose of this course is to introduce theories, methods, and tools in software engineering for developing software systems. This course is a study of the following topics:  

1. Software development life cycle

2. Object oriented analysis and design; 

3. Issues in testing and maintenance of large software projects. 

Specific Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students should: 

1. Understand the role of formal specifications in project design and be able to develop and use such specifications;

2. Be aware of and able to use Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools, especially those for modeling with the Unified Modeling Language (UML);

3. Be able to develop object oriented applications of complex programming tasks in a team setting; and

4. Understand the role of testing in the software development cycle and be capable of test software developed in the course.

Course Assignments and Evaluation: Students will be asked to design, implement and test a large piece of software as a team. Work on the project will consist of four stages corresponding to requirements specification, design, implementation, and testing. This project will represent the largest part of the overall grade.

Students will also research and present a software engineering tool to the class with a partner (the presentation will be at a timely point during the semester). A list of tool topics/apps to select from will be provided. There will also be a few short assignments other course topics. There may be quizzes. There will also be an open book midterm and open book final on the topics of the course. Students must be on-time and present for all student presentations.

Grading Scale is as follows: 90-100% is an A, 80-89% is a B, 70-79% is a C, 60-69% is a D, and 0-59% is an F. 

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