3460:680 Software Engineering Methodologies (SEM) Spring 2021


001 16125 3:30 - 4:45 pm Online


Dr. Michael L. Collard






Arts & Sciences (CAS) 228


Arts & Sciences (CAS) 221


(330) 972-7191

Office Hours

Available on the instructor’s homepage. Other times are by appointment.

Course Description

The theoretical basis, analyses, artifacts, and processes of software engineering throughout the phases of requirements, analysis and design, implementation, testing and validation, release, maintenance and evolution.

Successful software engineering is highly dependent on the proper handling of document artifacts throughout the entire software lifetime. Therefore, the course will have a strong focus on the applicability of approaches/artifacts through the evolution of software, i.e., development and maintenance.

The course will include the following (but not limited to or necessarily covered in this order):

Most of the material is from the instructor’s notes and selected research papers. Due to the breadth of the subject, the textbook is for general background.

Learning Objectives Students who complete the course can:

Course Delivery

The course is an online synchronous course. During class time, TR 3:30 - 4:45 pm, the class meets in an MS Teams Meeting. Students must attend the online meeting to receive full credit for exercises. Exams also occur online.

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. Completion of an undergraduate software engineering course or industrial software development. Strong object-oriented programming skills in C++ or Java is expected. Credits: 3    

Optional Textbook: Sommerville, Software Engineering 10th Edition, Addison Wesley, 2011 ISBN 978-0133943030


Exercises 10%
Projects 20%
Research 20%
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%


To provide immediate practice of material presented in class, exercises will be assigned periodically throughout the semester and will count for 10% of your overall grade. They may be integrated into the lecture, i.e., assigned and completed during a class period, or be assigned as homework.


There will be multiple projects that include the generation and maintenance of artifacts of the software-engineering process, and analysis of existing systems using standard software engineering analysis techniques. Project grades will depend on the correctness, readability, style, quality, and application of the concepts presented in the course. Collectively, the projects are worth 20% of the overall grade, with each project worth an equal amount. Some projects may include controlled collaborative work with other students in the course.

Research Paper

The course will include a Research Paper that will be presented at the end of the semester, and will count for 20% of the overall grade


The midterm counts for 25% of your overall grade, and will be given after the 8th week of the course . The specific date will be announced at least one week prior.

Final Exam

The final exam is comprehensive and is worth 25% of your overall grade. It will be held in the regular classroom on the day/time determined by the University. Consult ZipLine for exact day/time.


The class will be taught using a variety of sources. Notes will be from web sources, the instructors own web pages, and written on the board. Examples may be entered by the instructor and discussed during class. On-time attendance is necessary for complete understanding of the material, and therefore expected.

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.

Academic Honesty

Any work that you do for this class is to be your own. This includes all material submitted for this course including, but not limited to, writings, programs, designs, and data. Any collaboration or group work will be strictly controlled. Any violation means that the work will not be accepted and further action will be taken. 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 at 105 Simmons Hall.

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