Course Syllabus


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Welcome to CS361: Software Engineering I

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This course will introduce you to tools and methods for real-world software development. You will be working in teams (you can choose your teammates) of about five on non-programming and programming assignments. Your team will use the Agile Scrum approach to software project implementation and management (starting later in the term). During this course, you will learn how to plan out and specify what your software should do and how users should experience it, how to evaluate how well your software design reflects those specifications, how to use the microservices high-level architecture, how to structure your work and teammwork in a way that supports iterative growth and ongoing contributions from multiple developers, and other non-technical and technical skills and concepts. We will explore some topics in-depth, and others just enough for you to get the idea so that, when you're working on future software projects, you can decide whether or not the methods could help with what you're doing.

This course does NOT aim to teach the "best" way to manage software projects or to create software. There are a huge variety of software creation environments. They all work differently. Even teams within the same organization can create software is totally different ways. Instead, this course aims to show you pieces of software methodology that can be incorporated into many software creation environments.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to...

  • Select the most appropriate software process model to use in a particular situation
  • Synthesize requirements for a realistic software system and write a requirements specification document
  • Produce professional-quality software-related documents
  • Model system requirements using one or more semi-formal notations such as UML, dataflow diagrams, entity-relationship diagrams, or state diagrams
  • Design software systems at an architectural level and at lower levels, using one or more techniques, such as object-oriented design or agile methods, and express these designs in design specification documents
  • Validate designs and adjust the specification or design as necessary
  • Describe several methods of estimating the cost and developing a schedule for a programming project
  • Participate effectively in a team environment

Meet the Instructor

Course Designer

This course is originally designed by Larissa Letaw

Syllabus & Schedule

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