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Syllabus for SSE 554

Object-Oriented Design II

Spring Semester 2011 (11S)

Expect major changes in this course for Spring 2012 (12S).

See the Wikipedia page on General-Purpose Computing on Graphics Processing Units (GPGPU) using Nvidia's CUDA technology. Please contact the professor if you are interested at the beginning of the course, before buying texts.

Changes are possible.



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Schedule of Assignments and Events

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Instructor: Dr. Paul E. MacNeil

Office:       Suite 223a, School of Engineering

Phone:       478-301-2185



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Textbooks and Supplies:

Texts (including web sites):

See the Wikipedia page on General-Purpose Computing on Graphics Processing Units (GPGPU). Please contact the professor if you are interested at the beginning of the course, before buying texts.


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Software (including web sites):

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Catalog Description (Course Purpose):

This second course extends the material covered in SSE 550 with greater breadth and depth. Students will use the same programming language (e.g., C#, Java, or C++) that they used in the prerequisite course. The specific topics covered may vary depending on the language used by the student

Please note that this course is conducted *asynchronously* with regard to the face-to-face class meeting schedule. That is, the course begins on January 11, 2011, for *all* students.

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Course Objectives:

Breadth and Depth in Defining, Analyzing, and Solving Complex Problems:

Communicate Technical Aspects of the Solution for Complex Software Engineering Problems to a Technical Audience:

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SSE 550.

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Percent of Term Grade

Project 1


Project 2


Project 3


Listserv contributions


More information about grading is contained in the General Project Rubric.

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  • Project 1 (non-GPGPU suboption - solo):

  • Project 2 (non-GPGPU suboption - solo):
  • Project 3 (non-GPGPU suboption - team):
  • Projects 1, 2, and 3 (GPGPU suboption):
  • TBD
  • Please raise questions and issues via the course listserv.

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    Additional Information:

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  • What Do I Do?
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    Changes to this Syllabus:

    There will be changes to this syllabus, so check back frequently, and don't forget to hit "Reload" or "Refresh".


    Schedule of Events and Assignments:

    Start Date
    End Date
    January 11 , 2011 April 29, 2011 Course in Progress
    January 11 , 2011 February 14, 2011 Work on Project 1

    February 14, 2011 Project 1 due.

    March 14, 2011 Project 2 due.

    April 29, 2011 Project 3 due.
      April 29, 2011 Course ends. Firm date.




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    Important Additional Information:

    "Students requiring accommodations for a disability should inform the instructor at the close of the first class meeting or as soon as possible. The instructor will refer you to the Disability Support Services Coordinator to document your disability, determine eligibility for accommodations under the ADAAA/Section 504 and to request a Faculty Accommodation Form. Disability accommodations or status will not be indicated on academic transcripts. In order to receive accommodations in a class, students with sensory, learning, psychological, physical or medical disabilities must provide their instructor with a Faculty Accommodation Form to sign. Students must return the signed form to the Disability Services Coordinator. A new form must be requested each semester. Students with a history of a disability, perceived as having a disability or with a current disability who do not wish to use academic accommodations are also strongly encouraged to register with the Disability Services Coordinator and request a Faculty Accommodation Form each semester. For further information, please contact Carole Burrowbridge, Disability Services Coordinator, at 301-2778 or visit the Disability Support Services website at" * (10/09)

    Accreditation: Mercer University is accredited by SACS.