General Course Information for CSC480B: Computer Science Project II

Course: CSC480B - Computer Science Project II
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description:

A continuation of the student project. Student teams complete the internal specification and test plan. The project is coded, modules-tested, system tested and all documentation is completed. Grading is by H, S, or U only.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss factors that influenced and contributed to the "software crisis."
  • Describe the life cycle of software development.
  • Discuss the documentation required for the development of large software programs.
  • Participate in the development of software in a team environment.
  • Describe high level and low level software design techniques.
  • Develop and implement a software test plan based on requirements specification.
  • Perform coding and integration of programs based on a detailed design document.
  • Implement and manage software development schedules in a team environment.
  • Demonstrate both knowledge and practice of state-of-the-art principles of software development as demonstrated by their proficiency with an object oriented language such as C++.
  • Use and understand the principles and methodology underlying the various computer tools such as operating systems, database systems, networks, and compiler.
  • Understand and use data structure concepts and algorithms.
  • Understand and properly apply client-server networking principles preferably in a web-based environment.
  • Understand and be able to apply software process models (such as Life Cycle Mode).
  • Effectively communicate through written, verbal and graphical means.
  • Demonstrate mathematical modeling and its application in problem solving.
  • Understand ethical and social concerns in computing and demonstrate ethical decision making.
  • Describe the essential elements of software engineering discipline.
  • Discuss fundamental design issues related to database systems and construct some basic SQL queries.
  • Prepare and make a professional presentation.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

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  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures