Syllabus for SSE 662

Design, Maintenance and Quality

Fall Semester 2017 (17F)

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Texts

  • Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code (1st ed.) , by Martin Fowler et al., Addison Wesley ISBN 9780201485677 (1999) (Required) Download the errata.
  • Head First Design Patterns (1st ed.), by Freeman, Robson and Bates, O'Reilly, ISBN 978-0596007126 (2004) (required)
  • Software

  • 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 (my recommendation) 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

    Evaluation of design quality and the impact of design quality on software maintenance and incremental development. Improvement of design quality in existing code. Advanced topics in object-oriented design, including the reuse of successful designs via design patterns.

    (This course replaces SSE 658 and SSE 659.)

    This Online Learning course begins on January 11, 2016 at 12:00 am Eastern time. All assignments are due by the end (11:59:59 pm) of the specified calendar day in the Eastern time zone. This course ends at 11:59:59 pm on April 29, 2016, 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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    Prerequisite(s)

    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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    Grading

    Item
    Percent of Term Grade
    Direct Activity Report 1
    3
    Direct Activity Report 2
    3
    Direct Activity Report 3
    4
    Project 1
    20
    Project 2
    25
    Project 3
    20
    Project 4
    25

    Credit will be given only for original work.

    The Mercer University Student Handbook, including its provisions for academic honesty (including plagiarism), applies to all Mercer students.

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

    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.

    Instruction Time

    Federal and regional accreditation requirements stipulate that a 3-credit hour course must include 150 minutes of direct instruction time per week. For this course, that direct instruction time includes"

    In addition to the 150 minutes of direct instruction time each week, students are expected to spend a minimum of 300 additional minutes per week completing reading and writing assignments:

    More information about the Direct and Non-Direct categories is contained in the Direct and Non-Direct and Report Logs web pages. Please read these pages very carefully.

    All deliverables (Activity Reports and Project Reports) are due on their assigned dates.

    Use the Report Logs to help you to 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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    Assignments

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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".

    Schedule of Assignments and Events (tentative)

    Start Date
    End Date
    Activity/Event
    August 22, 2017 December 11, 2017 Course in Progress

    August 22, 2017 Subscribe to the course listserv.
    August 22, 2017 Sept. 28, 2017 Work on Project 1

    September 18, 2017

    Direct Activity Report 1 due

    Project 1 due


    October 16, 2017 Project 2 due

    October 30, 2017 Direct Activity Report 2 due

    November 20, 2017 Project 3 due

    December 11, 2017

    Direct Activity Report 3 due

    Project 4 due

    Course ends

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

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    Contact Information

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