Any Java reference, either text or online . Recommended.
Online Java documenation is available from
Students are expected to read the relevant material
(text, various sources on the web, etc.)
The lectures will not cover everything in the readings,
class time will be spent on exercises that rely on the readings.
- Homework assignments: 15%
- Weekly quizzes: 40% (lowest 3 will be dropped, no makeups)
- Class participation, including discussion board: 5%
- Final exam: 40%
Homework assignments will be made available
on the class web site.
Some homework assignments will be submitted on paper in class.
Others must be submitted via
Homeworks must be submitted before class on the day they are due.
Assignments will be checked immediately after the due date;
if you finish an assignment late,
you must inform me by email when it is ready to be graded.
Changing an assignment after the due date without prior permission
will be treated as a late submission.
Collaboration on homework exercises
You may work homework problems individually if you wish.
However, you are also encouraged to collaborate using
using one of the following two models:
Collaborate with other students in SWE 619 to analyze the problem
and develop a solution approach, but each student submits his or her own
In this model you may collaborate with as many SWE 619 students as you wish.
Assignments are graded individually,
and there is no grade credit for collaboration in this model.
Collaborate from start to finish with at most
two other students in SWE 619.
You must submit one solution and each person will get the same grade.
Each person must contribute substantially, and
the submission must outline
what each person contributed.
Absent this statement, no credit will be awarded.
Note: Since my experience is that students typically produce better solutions with
this type of collaborative solution,
I encourage students to follow this model.
The incentive is a small (5%) bonus credit per assignment.
Note: You are NOT ALLOWED to include “guest names.”
Every person listed as a collaborator must contribute.
If someone is listed as a collaborator but did not contribute,
all will be reported to the university
Late Submission Penalty
Because of the way in which this class is taught, it is important
for everyone to stay on pace.
50% penalties apply to late submissions.
If you will be forced to miss class on the day something is due,
submit your solution prior to class electronically (either on Blackboard
or in a private Piazza post).
Under no circumstances will any assignment be accepted once
final exams begin.
Instead of a midterm exam, we will have weekly quizzes.
Quizzes will be given during the first 10 to 15 minutes of class
and no makeups or late quizzes will be given.
Please do not ask for an exception.
For overall grade calculations, the lowest three quiz scores will be dropped.
The remaining quizzes with the highest scores will be used to calculate the final "quiz"
part of the grade.
This essentially means that you can to miss up to three quizzes
I place great emphasis on in-class learning.
SWE 619 will use the
software for a discussion board.
Information for accessing our class will be provided on the first day of class.
Participation on the discussion board counts towards your grade.
Post questions to an appropriate thread and
they will be answered by your instructor or classmate.
Basic questions are encouraged,
but only interesting questions
and correct answers will earn credit.
Participation must occur during the semester, not after final exams start.
Most days, there will be in-class exercises.
Students are encouraged to work in small groups.
Think about who you want to work with.
Some of these exercises need a Java development environment.
The course schedule page links to a number of short videos created
with the ShowMe service.
Some students find these helpful for grasping key points
from various lectures.
Several items of note:
- Each ShowMe captures an interaction a student has with me.
Such interactions can help students master the material
more effectively than having me drone on solo.
- I am interested in creating more ShowMe videos for other
topics in the course. Contact me if you would like to help me do this.
These interactions count towards class participation.
- I am open to redoing existing topics if there is something
you think could be done better.
The final exam is closed book/closed notes/closed web.
The only exception is a single sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper (double sided)
with hand-written notes written by the person taking the exam.
The final is in-class and comprehensive.
Appropriate documentation (as determined by instructor) and
requisite permissions are required for makeup exam requests.
Note: A failing grade on the final exam (<60%) will result in a failing grade (F)
for the entire course, regardless of performance on other assignments.
If you know in advance that you are unable to make an exam
for a valid and unavoidable reason (such as a scheduled surgery, etc),
you must notify me at least one week before the scheduled exam date
to make arrangements for a makeup, and bring documentation with you
when you take the makeup.
If you miss an exam due to a university-accepted excused absence
(such as an illness or car accident the day and time of the exam),
you must notify me within 24 hours of your absence
to make arrangements for a makeup, and bring approved documentation
with you when you take the makeup exam.
Failure to follow either of these policies will result in a zero grade on the exam.
In-class computers and communication
Phone calls, text messages, instant messages, email, and general web surfing are
highly disruptive to other students and hence not allowed during class time.
Technology devices may only be used for the class purposes (eg following slides or
working on in-class assignments.)
Violators will be asked to leave the room.
Repeat offenders will lose credit on the "Class participation" grade.
Please note that general assignments or class questions should NOT be sent
to the instructor — in such events, your email will be returned
and you will be asked to post your question to the discussion board.
In general, the turnaround time for responses to questions will be much quicker
on the discussion board.
Students should also avoid emailing their code to the instructor
unless permission has been obtained
(under no circumstances should code be posted publicly to the discussion board).
As with all GMU courses,
SWE 619 is governed by the GMU Honor Code.
In this course, all quizzes and exams
carry with them an implicit statement that it is the sole work of the author.
See the collaboration discussion above for rules on homework assignments.
Any deviation from this is considered an Honor Code violation,
with ultimate sanction determined by the Honor Code committee.
Students with learning disabilities (or other conditions documented with GMU Office of Disability Services)
who need academic accommodations should see me and contact the
Disability Resource Center (DRC) at (703)993-2474.
All academic accommodations must be arranged through the DRC.