Spring 2011
SWE 619 Object Oriented Software Specification and Construction
Sections 001 and DL1





Course Description:

To give the students a solid understanding of modern software construction. To prepare students to construct sequential and concurrent programs. To encourage the construction of software systems of high quality. In-depth study of software construction in a modern language including control structuring and packaging. Concepts such as information hiding, data abstraction, and object-based and object-oriented software construction are discussed and illustrated. This course is part of the core of the SWE program and utilizes the Java Programming Language.


SWE Foundation Courses or equivalent


Adjunct Professor James Baldo Jr.
Computer Science Department

E-mail:    jbaldo@gmu.edu
Office Hours:   available by appointment

Teaching Assistant:

Office Hours:  

Class Hours:

Sec 002: Tuesday 7:20 pm - 10 pm;   ENGR 4457
Sec 003: Tuesday 7:20 pm - 10 pm;   NET

This course is delivered to the Internet section online using Moodle learning management system with MIST/C, which has replaced the Network EducationWare (NEW) delivery system. Students in all sections will have accounts on Moodle and download the slide files from the Moodle course page. However, beginning in Spring 2011 only students in online sections will be able to connect to class sessions and to download recordings of the lectures. Login information will be sent to all enrolled students by
email, before the first scheduled class.

Required Textbooks and Materials:

Barbara Liskov with John Guttag. Program Development in Java . Addison Wesley, 2001, ISBN 0-201-65768-6. Required.
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Joshua Bloch. Effective Java. Second Edition. Addison Wesley, 2008, ISBN 0-321-35668-3. Required.
Note that this is the SECOND edition.
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· Some assignments may require programming techniques not covered in the two required texts. I will provide pointers to online material at the appropriate time. Required.

· Online Java documentation is available from Oracle. Recommended.




Attendance is mandatory. Class is scheduled during the semester every Tuesday (except 15 March 2011 and 10 May 2011 [Reading Day]) from 7:20 PM to 10:00 PM. Online students have the option of attending class either online or at the Fairfax Campus.

Course Requirements & Grading:

The course grade is based on one 3 hour comprehensive final examination. All required coursework must be completed by the stated due dates and times. Late assignments will not be accepted, no make-up for missed quizzes, and no make-up test will not be given for the final examination.

Students in the NET section are expected to come to GMU to take the final examination on the date/time stated in the detailed Timetable.

Assignments:         30%

Quizzes:                 30%

Final Exam:           40 %

All required coursework for this class is to be performed independently. Please read the information about GMU and CS Department Academic Integrity and Honor Code Policies at


These policies will be strictly enforced.

If you have a documented learning disability or other condition that may affect academic performance you should: 1) make sure this documentation is on file with the Office of Disability Services (SUB I, Rm. 4205; 993-2474; http://ods.gmu.edu/) to determine the accommodations you need; and 2) talk with me to discuss your accommodation needs.

Important Dates:

Last day to add:  February 8, 2011
Last day to drop: February 8, 2011 (no tuition penalty)
Last day to drop: February 27, 2011

Spring Break: March 14 – 20 2011
Last day of classes: May 3, 2011

Final Examination: May 17, 2011, 7:20 pm - 10:00 pm

Tentative List of Topics:

All lecture slides are available for download on the Moodle SWE619 Course Page.

All lectures are recorded and available for download/replay on the Moodle SWE619 Course Page.

All assignments descriptions will be made available on the Moodle SWE619 Course Page.

All assignments are submitted on via the Moodle SWE619 Course Page.

All quiz descriptions will be made available on the Moodle SWE619 Course Page.

All quizzes are performed on the Moodle SWE619 Course Page.








24 Jan

Course Overview || Procedural Abstraction

619 Review Slides Liskov 1 Liskov 2-3




1 Feb


Liskov 4 Bloch 9 

Assignment 1

Quiz 1


8 Feb

Data Abstraction

Liskov 5.1-5.4

Assignment 2

Quiz 2


15 Feb

Reasoning About Data Abstraction  || JUnit

Liskov 5.5-5.10 JUnit

Assignment 3

Quiz 3


22 Feb

Iteration Abstraction || Type Abstraction

Liskov 6 Liskov 7

Assignment 4

Quiz 4


1 Mar

Polymorphic Abstraction

Liskov 8

Assignment 5

Quiz 5


8 Mar


Bloch 5

Assignment 6

Quiz 6

15 Mar

Spring Break


22 Mar


General Concurrency Bloch 10

Assignment 7

Quiz 7


29 Mar

Specification Checking || Temporal Logic

Slides from Kansas State University  Foundations Temporal Logic Patterns

Assignment 8

Quiz 8


5 Apr

Common Java Contracts

Bloch 3

Assignment 9

Quiz 9


12 Apr

General Programming || Java Doc

Bloch 8 Java Doc

Assignment 10

Quiz 10


19 Apr

Classes and Interfaces || Testing

Bloch 4 Model Driven Test Design

Assignment 11

Quiz 11


26 Apr

Design Patterns


Assignment 12

Quiz 12


3 May

Specifications, Security, and Course Wrap Up

15Liskov 9 Gary McGraw’s Security Taxonomy 619 Review Slides

10 May

Reading Day

17 May

Final Exam

Updated: 23 Jan 2011
J. Baldo