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Syllabus for SSE 691

Database Design In Software Engineering (Special Topics)

Summer Semester 2014 (14U)

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Database connectivity from C#, C++, or Java is _not_ covered in this course. There are resources available on the Web.

A database accessed from an application is preferred, but not required.

The use of simple SQL commands is covered in an inexpensive book recommended in the "Other Useful Resources" section, below.


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):


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Software (including web sites):

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Other Useful Resources (including web sites):

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Catalog Description (Course Purpose):

Special Topics.

Relational databases, database design, data normalization, interfacing a database with a general-purpose programming language such as Java, C#, or C++, and agile approaches to database development.

The default database for this course is MariaDB (free version); the default general purpose programming language for this course is your choice of Java, C#, or C++. Individual students may propose that s/he use an alternative database (such as Oracle or PostgreSQL).

This Online Learning course begins on May 19, 2014.

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Course Objectives:

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

Communicate Technical Aspects of communicate regarding the selection of appropriate software architectures to a Technical Audience:

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SSE 550 Object-Oriented Development I or permission of the SSE graduate chair.

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Class Location:

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Percent of Term Grade
Direct Activity Report 1
Direct Activity Report 2
Direct Activity Report 3
Project 1
Project 2
Project 3

Credit will be given only for original work.

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

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

All course work 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 450 minutes of direct instruction time per week (for a five week Summer course). For this course, that direct instruction time includes"

In addition to the 450 minutes of direct instruction time each week, students are expected to spend a minimum of 900 additional minutes per week (for a five week Summer course) 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. Please read these pages very carefully.

Use the Report Logs to help you to manage your time and keep on schedule. You should schedule your work evenly throughout the term. If you fall behind schedule for your Direct Activities, and you "catch up" by your last Direct Activity Report, your previous Direct Activity Report grades can be raised to reflect your success in meeting this requirement, provided that your previous Direct Activity Reports were submitted in a timely manner. Direct Activity Reports not submitted in a timely manner will receive a grade of 0 (zero) unless the professor has approved an extension in advance.

The Non-Direct Activity reports do not receive a separate grade, but are used to help in evaluating your project reports.

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

  • If you have a question about any of this, please ask, via the course listserv.
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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 Events and Assignments:

    Start Date
    End Date
    May 19, 2014 June 20, 2014 Course in Progress
    May 19, 2014 May 30, 2014 Work on Project 1

    May 28, 2014 Direct Activity Report 1 due.

    May 30, 2014 Project 1 due.

    June 9, 2014 Project 2 due.

    June 9, 2014 Direct Activity Report 2 due.

    June 20, 2014 Direct Activity Report 3 due.
    June 20, 2014 Project 3 due.
      June 20, 2014 Course ends. Firm date.



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    Contact Information

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    Important Additional Information:

    “Students requiring accommodations or modifications 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 ACCESS and Accommodation Office 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 ACCESS 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 does not wish to use academic accommodations are also strongly encouraged to register with the ACCESS and Accommodation Office and request a Faculty Accommodation Form each semester. For further information, please contact Carole Burrowbridge, Director and ADA/504 Coordinator, at 301-2778 or visit the ACCESS and Accommodation Office website at

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