3460:480 Software Engineering (SE) Spring 2018


801 10508 Monday and Wednesday 5:10 - 6:25 Arts & Sciences (CAS) 140


Dr. Michael L. Collard






Arts & Sciences (CAS) 228


Arts & Sciences (CAS) 221


(330) 972-7191

Office Hours

Posted on the instructor’s homepage. Also available by appointment.

Course Description

A comprehensive overview of all phases of software development including requirements, analysis, design, implementation, testing and validation, release, maintenance, and evolution, focusing on agile methodologies.

Learning Objectives

Students successfully completing the course will be able to:

The Department of Computer Science Degree Program Assessment Plan Learning Outcome 5: “An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal” is assessed during the course for the BS CS Systems Track and BS CS Management Track

Prerequisites: Minimum C- in 3460:210 CS II     Credits: 3    


Pilone, Miles, Head First Software Development, O’Reilly, 2007 ISBN 978-0-596-52735-8

Rajlich, Václav, Software Engineering: The Current Practice, CRC Press, 2011 ISBN 9781439841228


Exercises 10%
Projects 40%
Midterm 25%
Final 25%
A ≥ 93%
A- ≥ 90%
B+ ≥ 87%
B ≥ 83%
B- ≥ 80%
C+ ≥ 77%
C ≥ 73%
C- ≥ 70%
D+ ≥ 67%
D ≥ 63%
D- ≥ 60%


Exercises occur frequently and is 10% of the overall score. Attendance is necessary to receive credit if completed during class.


At least 4 projects are assigned, and collectively are 40% of the overall score. They include creating artifacts of the software-engineering process, and the performing software-engineering tasks, including corrective and adaptive maintenance. Project grades are based on correctness, readability, design style, quality of design, and application of concepts presented in the course. Some projects include controlled collaborative work with other students.


The Midterm Exam is 25% of the overall score. It occurs after the 8th week of the semester, with the specific date announced at least one week before.

Final Exam

The comprehensive Final Exam is 25% of the overall score. It is held in the regular classroom during Finals Week on the day/time determined by the University. Consult ZipLine for exact day/time.


The course involves collaborative team activities. These are frequently conducted during class time, and will count towards both Exercises and Projects. Attendance is required for full credit.

The class is taught using a variety of sources; web pages, the instructors own web pages, and written on the board. Examples may be entered by the instructor and discussed during class. Attendance is necessary for complete understanding of the material.

Any source code created for this course will be committed as it is developed into a version-control repository. The work must appear in the repository in order to be graded.

In order that work can be graded and returned promptly, late assignments will not be accepted without a valid excuse. It is up to the student to make up any missed material. Make-ups of any work for this class will only be given in the case of an excused absence or a documented, valid emergency. I encourage you to contact me if an emergency arises.

Students whose names are not on the University’s official 15-day class list will not be permitted to attend class. Consult University information for specific dates and policies regarding the withdrawal policy.

Academic Honesty

All submitted work (exercises, projects, and tests) must be your own. Submission of work that is even partly not yours will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

Special Notice

Any student who feels she/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility at 330-972-7928. The office is located in Simmons Hall, 105.

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