Spring 2012
SWE 619 Object Oriented Software Specification and Construction
Section 001





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

Office Hours:   available by appointment

Teaching Assistant:

Upsorn Praphamontripong
Office Hours:  Thursday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location:   ENGR 4456

Class Hours:

Sec 001: Tuesday 7:20 pm - 10 pm;   Enterprise Hall 274

Students will have accounts on Moodle and will be able to download lecture slide files from the Moodle course page. 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 during the Spring 2012 Semester from 7:20 PM to 10:00 PM.


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 be given for the final examination.

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; to determine the accommodations you need; and 2) talk with me to discuss your accommodation needs.


Important Dates:

Registration Dates:  November 01, 2011 to January 31, 2012
Drop without Tuition Penalty Dates: November 01 2011 to January 31, 2012
Drop with Tuition Penalty (and final drop deadline) Dates: February 01, 2012 to February 24, 2012

Spring Break: Monday March 12, 2012 to Sunday March 18, 2012  - No Class
Last day of classes: May 5, 2012

Final Examination: May 15, 2015, 7:30 pm - 10:15 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, Liskov 1, Liskov 2-3




31 Jan


Liskov 4, Bloch 9 

Assignment 1

Quiz 1


07 Feb

Data Abstraction  || JUnit

Liskov 5.1-5.4, JUnit

Assignment 2

Quiz 2


14 Feb

Reasoning About Data Abstraction

Liskov 5.5-5.10

Assignment 3

Quiz 3


21 Feb

Iteration Abstraction || Method Guidelines

Liskov 6, Bloch 7

Assignment 4

Quiz 4


28 Feb

Type Abstraction || Enums and Annotations

Liskov 7, Bloch 6

Assignment 5

Quiz 5


06 Mar

Polymorphic Abstraction || Generics

Liskov 8, Bloch 5

Assignment 6

Quiz 6

13 Mar

Spring Break – No Class


20 Mar


General Concurrency, Bloch 10

Assignment 7

Quiz 7


27 Mar

Specification Checking || Temporal Logic

Slides from Kansas State University  Foundations Temporal Logic Patterns

Assignment 8

Quiz 8


03 Apr

Common Java Contracts, Classes and Interfaces, Java Doc

Bloch 3, Bloch 4, Java Doc

Assignment 9

Quiz 9


10 Apr

Object Initialization || General Programming || Testing

Bloch 2, Bloch 8, Model Drive Test Design, Test Driven Development

Assignment 10

Quiz 10


17 Apr

Design Patterns

Liskov 15

Assignment 11

Quiz 11


24 Apr

Specifications, Security

Liskov 9 || Java Secure Coding

Assignment 12

Quiz 12


01 May

Course Wrap Up

619 Review Slides

Assignment 13

Quiz 13

15 May

Final Exam


Updated: 10 Jan 2012
J. Baldo