Syllabus for SSE 554

Object-Oriented Design II

Spring Semester 2020

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Early Version - Expect Changes

January 6 - April 28, 2020


  • Java Option: Core Java Volume I Fundamentals (11th ed.) by Horstmannl, Prentice Hall (2016) ISBN 978-0135166307 (Required for the Java option only!).
  • Java Option: Core Java Volume II Advanced Features (11th ed.) by Horstmann, Prentice Hall (2017) ISBN 978-01351663078 (Required for the Java option only!).
  • C# Option: Professional C# 7 and .NET Core 2.0 by Nagel, WROX (2019) ISBN 978-1119449270 (Required for the C# option only!).
  • C++ Option: C++ Primer (5th ed.), by Lippman, Lajoie, and Moo, Addison Wesley ISBN 978-0321714114 (2012)(Required for the C++ option only!).
  • Software

  • A Distributed Version Control System (DVCS) and Protocol:
  • An automated testing framework for unit tests:
  • General software requirements are described on the Online Learning page.
  • All students on a given team will need to use the same Distributed Version Control System (DVCS). Each team may choose either of the following (free) systems: Bitbucket or Github (also good).
  • All students who meet the prerequisites for this course will already have software development experience, and will therefore already be familiar with some software development environment. Students are welcome to use the environment of their choice, but if they wish suggestions, they are welcome to contact the professor.
  • Other Resources

    You will need a suitable computer. The University's Computer Recommendations are appropriate for this course for Windows and OS X. If you use the Linux operating system this course, the recommendations for Windows computers will also be suitable for Linux.

    One reference for Test-Driven Development (TDD) is the Wikipedia.

    Please see the Online Learning page for more information regarding expected student student access to the internet, and corresponding software.

    Please see the Mercer's Distance Learning page for more information regarding expected student student access to the internet, and corresponding software.

    Course Description

    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

    This Online Learning course begins on January 6, 2020 at (12:00) 8:00 am Eastern time. All assignments are due by the end (11:59:00 pm) of the specified calendar day in the Eastern time zone. This course ends at 11:59:00 pm on April 28, 2020, in the Eastern time zone.

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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 Object-Oriented Design I

    This prerequisite provides one graduate-level 3 semester hour course in C++ or Java or C#.

    Please see the Online Learning page for more information regarding expected student abilities and aptitudes.

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    Class Location

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    Percent of Term Grade
    Project 1
    Project 2
    Project 3
    Project 4

    Credit will be given only for original work.

    The Office of the Provost's "Academic Integrity page includes a link to the Graduate Honor Code, which covers issues such as plagiarism. Please take a good, careful look at the Graduate Honor Code. Plagiarism is not acceptable in this, or any, course.

    Project reports are to be submitted complete, not as incremental partial submissions.

    Instruction Time

    All course work time is categorized as either Direct or Non-Direct (but not both). More information about the Direct and Non-Direct categories is contained in the Direct and Non-Direct and Report Logs. Please read these pages very carefully.

    Please begin logging your time as specified on these pages, starting wherever you are in the course when you receive this notice (via Canvas). These logs will not be deliverables for this course.

    All deliverables are due on their assigned dates .

    Manage your time and keep on schedule. You should schedule your work evenly throughout the term.

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

  • If you have a question about any of this, please ask.
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    Additional Information

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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".

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    Schedule of Assignments and Events (tentative)

    Start Date
    End Date
    January 6, 2020 April 28, 2020 Course in Progress

    January 6, 2020 Login in to the course on Canvas.
    January 6, 2020 January 27, 2020 Work on Project 1

    January 27, 2020 Project 1 due

    February 24, 2020 Project 2 due
    March 16, 2020 March 20, 2020 Classes Suspended for Public Health
    March 23, 2020 Classes Resume, online, as before.

    March 24, 2020 Project 3 due

    April 28, 2020

    Project 4 due

    Course ends

    Notes: The course begins at midnight (12:00 am) 8:00 am on the first day of class (see schedule above), and ends at 11:59:00 pm on the last day of class. Assignments are due at any time during the day specified on the schedule, that is, before 11:59:00 pm on that day. All times are Macon, Georgia (Eastern time zone) times.

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    Contact Information

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