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Software Engineering for the World Wide Web
SWE 642 Course Syllabus
Spring 2009

Instructor: Dr. Aynur Abdurazik
Email: aabduraz AT gmu
Class Hours: Tuesday 7:20-10:00, ST I 120
Prerequisite: SWE 619 and SWE Foundation material or (CS 540 and 571)
Office Hours: Anytime electronically
TA: Yanyan Zhu
E-mail: yzhu6 AT gmu
Office Hours: Friday 3:00-5:00pm, ST II 330


Other web software reference books are listed on the assignment and resources page.

Detailed study of the engineering methods and technologies for building highly interactive web sites for e-commerce and other web-based applications. Engineering principles for building web sites that exhibit high reliability, usability, security, availability, scalability and maintainability are presented. Methods such as client-server programming, component-based software development, middleware, and reusable components are covered. After the course, students should be prepared to create software for large-scale web sites.

SWE 642 teaches some of the topics related to the exciting new software development models that are used to support web and e-commerce applications. We will be studying the software design and development side of web applications, rather than the policy, business, or networking sides. An introductory level knowledge of HTML and Java is required. SWE 619 is a required prerequisite and SWE 632 is a good background courses. The class will be very practical (how to build things) and require extensive small programming assignments.

The course content will focus on client-side and server-side software design and devlopment. We will learn technologies such as HTML, JavaScripts the J2EE platform, JDBC, and XML.

We will read from Kurniawan, various sources on the web, and transparencies that will be made available on the web site. The schedule for the readings is given on the schedule web page.

Unless arrangements are worked out in advance, missed quizzes and tests cannot be made up, and 10 percent per class meeting will be deducted for late submissions.

A number of homework assignments will be given. I will discuss each in class and make the assignment available on the class web site. You will submit your solutions by placing them on your web sites. Be sure that you are on the class mailing list, as refinements and hints for the assignments will be sent through email. Assignments will be checked immediately after the due date; if you finish an assignment late, you must inform us by email when it is ready for us to grade it. Changing an assignment after the due date without prior permission will be treated as a late submission.

Programs will be graded on style and formatting as well as correctness.

As with all GMU courses, SWE 642 is governed by the GMU Honor Code. In this course, all assignments, exams, and project submissions carry with them an implicit statement that it is the sole work of the author, unless joint work is explicitly authorized. Help may be obtained from the instructor or other students to understand the description of the problem and any technology, but the solution, particularly the design portion, must be the student's own work. If joint work is authorized, all contributing students must be listed on the submission. Any deviation from this is considered an Honor Code violation, and as a minimum, will result in failure of the submission and as a maximum, failure of the class.

If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodations, please see me and contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at 993-2474. All academic accommodations must be arranged through the DRC.

  • There will be several computer programming assignments (total 30%)
  • Each class (except the first one) will have a quiz in the first 15 minutes of classtime. You are allowed to miss up to three quizzes (the lowest three quiz grades will be dropped). The 10 quizzes with the highest scores will be used to calculate the final grade (10 * 3% = 30%)
  • There will be a closed-book, in-class, comprehensive final (40%)


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