Dr. Jody Paul

Best Practices in Software Development

Course Information

Title: Best Practices in Software Development
Institution: Metropolitan State College of Denver
Course ID: CSI 4285
Semester [CRN]: Spring 2005 [34571]
Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 7:00PM - 9:50PM
Location: SI 112
Credit Hours: 3
Official Info: This course has as prerequisite two or more of CSI 4281, 4282, 4283 and 4284, or permission of department.
Course Website: http://www.jodypaul.com/cs/bestpractices
Instructor: Dr. Jody Paul (schedule & office hours )
E-mail: jody@computer.org
Office: Science 133C (x68435)
Campus Mail: Campus Box 38

Course Description

This course exposes the student to current best practices and emerging methodologies in software engineering and software product development. Topics are chosen to reflect the current state of the art and practice.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Evaluate current software engineering practices and methods
  • Articulate key aspects of current software engineering technologies
  • Identify and apply best practices in software development to practical projects
  • Identify and perform objective assessment of emerging software engineering practices and methods
  • Discuss and critically analyze current literature in the field of software engineering

Topic Outline

  • Survey of the current state of the art and practice in software engineering
    • Application of best practices
    • Models, Methods, Techniques, Tools
  • Evaluation of best practices
    • Framework for evaluating alternative practices
    • Application to current practices
    • How to apply to emerging practices
  • Identification of emerging “best practices”
    • Sources and references
    • Assessment by conducting critical analyses of proposed, but unproven, software development practices

Resources (Specific to Spring 2005 Semester)

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Refactoring Workbook
by William C. Wake
Addison-Wesley (2004)
ISBN 0321109295


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Waltzing with Bears
by Tom DeMarco & Timothy Lister
Dorset House (2003)
ISBN 0932633609


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Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering
by Robert Glass
Addison-Wesley (2003)
ISBN 0321117425


        Required textbooks are also available at Auraria Campus Bookstore Online

Articles, Technical Reports, Journals & Conference Proceedings
Sample publications include:
    IEEE Software
    IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
    Communications of the ACM
    IEEE Computer
    ACM SigSoft Software Engineering Notes
    Doctoral Theses (e.g., re.theses.html)

You must have World Wide Web access and an active e-mail account.
Note that you receive an e-mail account and Internet access by virtue of being a student at MSCD.
(See: http://www.mscd.edu)
You are encouraged to make use of electronic mail to contact me often: jody@computer.org
You must have access to a computer that provides tools for document preparation and for authoring and editing graphics.

Grading Policy:

You are expected to make several in-class presentations and to participate in class discussions and in-class exercises. There will be homework assignments that you are required to complete and turn in. Your final course grade is determined by combining scores on the exercises, presentations, and assignments. You are guaranteed a grade no lower than that given by the following conversion of score (percentage of total possible) to letter grade:
  89% < A;  79% < B < 90%; 69% < C < 80%; 59% < D < 70%; F < 60%

N.B.: Participation in class discussions and exercises is mandatory.

Late assignments will not earn course credit. You may submit an assignment after its due date for comments and advice, and you are encouraged to do so. However, the score for that assignment will be recorded officially as 0. Likewise, missing an in-class exercise will result in a score of 0 for that exercise. Specifically, late homework and make-up exercises will not be accommodated without prior arrangement and written agreement. Unforeseeable crises and emergency situations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis in accordance with MSCD, College, and Departmental policies.

Note that a substantial amount of information will be disseminated during class sessions or on course websites that you will be responsible for knowing whether or not you attended the sessions or accessed the website. Note in particular that the textbooks do not provide all of the information necessary to successfully complete the assignments and exercises.

The work you turn in must be your own, created by you individually. Collaboration and discussion with fellow students concerning course information, materials, proof reading, concept exploration and studying for exams is encouraged. However, work you turn in must reflect your individual effort to provide fair assessment for grading and maximized benefit from the learning experience. Turning in work that is the result of unauthorized collaboration or copying will be treated as academic dishonesty and an attempt at fraud. All incidents of suspected dishonesty will be reported to the department and the Dean of the college. Consequences may include a grade of 0 on the assignment or exam, a grade of "F" for the course, academic probation, or dismissal from the institution. This is a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly. If you have any uncertainty or concerns, please discuss them with your instructor or advisor.

Official Announcements:

Important Dates and Deadlines:

 See MSCD Calendar

Academic Policies and Procedures:

 See MSCD Catalog Academic Policies and Procedures

Student Rights and Responsibilities:

 See MSCD Catalog Student Rights and Responsibilities

Class Attendance on Religious Holidays:

The college policy on Class Attendance on Religious Holidays is posted on the information board outside the Mathematical and Computer Sciences department office (SI141). In addition, copies of this policy are available from the department upon request. It is the students' responsibility to understand and abide by the policy.

American with Disabilities Accommodations:

Students desiring a reasonable accommodation under the ADA must contact the instructor immediately to discuss their needs. Failure to notify the instructor, in a timely manner, of the need for a reasonable accommodation may hinder the college's ability to assist students in successfully completing the course.

Labelled with ICRA

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