Syllabus: COM S 362 Object Oriented Analysis and Design
Minimum of C- in COM S 228 and MATH 165; ENGL 250
No required textbook, we will be reading from multiple books available virtually through the library.
Object-oriented requirements analysis and systems design. Design notations such as the Unified Modeling Language. Design Patterns. Group design and programming with large programming projects.
The primary objectives of this course are:
During the first half of the semester, you will be asked to complete a readings and to submit a homework assignment nearly every week. There will also be in-class group activities during Friday Webex discussions.
During the second half of the semester, you will again have weekly readings (though smaller) and group project deliverables.
In the second half of the semester, you will work on a team to complete multiple iterations of a project, extending and refactoring a "large" existing code base while focusing on team-based iterative development and applying design principles and patterns. You may find the project significantly different than what you have experienced in other project-based courses, you will be writing very little code, we are intentionally not building something new, we are focused on design improvements.
The project is in Java, we will cover any advanced concepts as they are needed to implement design patterns, for example, dynamic dispatch, however, we assume you are already proficient with the basics of Java. This is a class about design, not about code style or practices. We expect the code you produce to conform to good coding practices, and we assume you have already learned how to do this in prerequisite courses.
There will be one midterm exam and one final exam. The final exam will be given in the final exam week according to the university’s final exam schedule. The final exam will cover the entire course, but is weighted more heavily toward the material covered after the midterm exam.
Your letter grade in this course will be based on homework and in-class activities, a programming project, and exams.
Letter grades are assigned relative to overall class performance, with borderline cases influenced by participation in class.
If you believe an item has not been scored correctly, you must notify the Instructor in writing (email will do), with a description of the error and your explanation of why you think it is wrong, within two weeks of the score being posted to canvas. This assures that we can correct the grade while everyone still remembers the circumstances and also avoids the administrative complications associated with correcting grades after certain reporting deadlines.
Late Deliverables Policy
Students are expected to submit deliverables on time. Some homework solutions will be posted after the due date, and other deliverables are dependent upon previous deliverables.
Late homework are penalized 5% per day for up to 3 days. Homework more than 3 days late will not be accepted.
The project will have deliverables that need to be completed for each iteration. Your grade will be based on whatever you have check into github at the iteration deadline.
Grade Appeal Policy
You may appeal a grade within ONE WEEK of grade announcement. Appeals for exam grades will be handled by the instructor. Appeals for homework and programming projects grades will be handled by the TA who graded your work. If you disagree with TA’s decision, you may appeal to the instructor within ONE WEEK of receiving TA’s decision.
Homework and programming projects are individual efforts, not group efforts. While discussion of homework and programming projects with other students is encouraged, a level of discussion that produces identical work is prohibited.
For programming projects, you may not
A student found responsible for academic dishonesty will receive zero points for the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, the student is subject to sanctions according to the university policy on academic dishonesty, which can be found here.
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