SWE 432: Design and Implementation of Software for the Web
Syllabus — Fall 2014
|Class hours||Tuesday, Thursday 10:30am - 11:45am, ENGR 1103|
|Prerequisite||Math 125 and CS 211|
|Objective||This course teaches students how to develop high quality software for web applications. The concepts of client-server computing, theories of usable graphical user interfaces, and models for web-based information retrieval and processing are covered. In the past few years, the way software is built has been rapidly changing. As use of the world wide web has shifted from information presentation to information gathering to direct customer sales (e-commerce) to enterprise applications, the amount and complexity of software has steadily been increasing. This course will help students use new models of programming and new technologies to design and develop high quality, usable, web software.|
|Reading||Students are expected to read the relevant material before lecture. The schedule for the readings is given on the Schedule web page. The lectures may not cover everything in the readings and will often include material not found in the readings.|
|Some homework assignments will be written and some will require programming. Most will allow collaboration with one partner. Assignments will be posted on the class website before class and discussed in class. You will submit your solutions by placing them on your websites and submitting the source files through blackboard. You should submit links to executable versions of programs, but may not post source files on your websites. Posting program source on your website will be considered an honor code violation! Be sure that you are on the class mailing list, as refinements and hints for the assignments will be sent through email or posted on the discussion boards. 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.|
|Late submission||Unless arrangements are worked out in advance, 50% penalties apply to late submissions. If you will be forced to miss class on the day something is due, let me know ahead of time by email or in writing. Per university policy, under no circumstances will any assignment be accepted after the official end of classes (the start of finals week).|
|Quizzes||We will have weekly quizzes and no midterm exam. Quizzes will be given during the first 15 minutes of class on Tuesdays and no makeup or late quizzes will be given. 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.|
SWE 432 will use the Piazza software for a discussion board.
Information for accessing our class will be provided on the first day of class.
Participation on the discussion threads will count for 5% of your grade,
which you can earn in several ways.
|In-class exercises||There will be in-class exercises. Students are encouraged to work in small groups. Generally, these exercises serve for participation purpose and assist and / or allow students to hands-on web software development.|
|Five-minute papers||At the end of some classes we will have a “five-minute paper.” You will be asked to respond in written form to a simple question related to the day's lecture. This will be graded on a “done / not done” basis and count towards participation.|
Final exam is closed book / notes, in-class, comprehensive unless specified otherwise by instructor.
Appropriate documentation (as determined by instructor) and
requisite permissions are required for make-up exam requests.
Picture IDs are required to take all exams.
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 make-up, and bring documentation with you when you take the make-up. 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 make-up exam. Failure to follow either of these policies will result in a zero grade on the exam.
|Phone calls, text messages, instant messages, email, and general web surfing are not allowed during class time. Computers may only be used to follow the material in class. Violators will have their devices confiscated or asked to leave the room.|
|Students must use the GMU email system for all correspondence with instructor (using the following email subject format: SWE 432 - insert your subject — failure to adhere to this policy will result in returned emails). 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).|
|Honor Code||As with all GMU courses, SWE 432 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 or authors, 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.|
|Learning disabilities||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.|
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