CSC 394 Software Projects

Thomas Muscarello

Fall 2021-2022
Class number: 3933
Section number: 701
M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
OLSYN CH000 Online Campus
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This course will give you some 'real-world' experience in developing a fairly large software project in a team environment. We will go through all the major phases/activities of development, and in addition to delivering a working deployed application on-time you will also deliver all the associated documentation (Project Plan, Requirements Document, Design Document, Test Plan and Procedures and Deployment Plan).

In order to do this in 10 weeks we will have to use Iterative or Agile development techniques.

The rules:
- All students will be assigned to a team.
- Each person is responsible for the ENTIRE project. What particular contribution each member makes is up to the group.
- You may be required to research, and absorb technical material on your own. For example, this might require that you learn a new programming language, install software on your home computer without guidance from the instructor, or that your group purchase books, at your own expense, to help you with your tasks.

This class is designed for students to study, hands-on, many aspects of the development of a large, collaborative, software project. To this end, students will be placed in project groups, and will build, and present, a comprehensive software project over the ten weeks of the quarter.

Students will be assessed on their understanding, use, and proper techniques of the following course topics:
Devise Preliminary concept and technology overview.
Manage Project group planning.
Develop Formal software requirements.
Design and/or choose System software.
Participate in project team management, including group-dynamics concepts.
Organize administrative website maintenance for project groups.
Establish procedures for time management, projection, and log-keeping.
Plan and execute any needed software testing.
Plan and execute HCI studies, *required* when HCI majors are present.
Develop all Project documentation.
Manage Backups and version control.
Exhibit Presentation skills under pressure requiring strong technical preparation.
Plan and execute SUCCESSFUL Programming of a robust, running, software system that meets specifications.

Planning what you will deliver and delivering what you have planned.

The Senior Year Capstone course provides an opportunity for students to actively reflect and consider the relationship between their specialized experiences within their major, the more general learning experiences they have received, and the impact that their career choices may have within the broader society.

Liberal Studies Learning Outcomes:

Students completing a Capstone course should be able to:
1. Apply one or more theories or concepts from courses within their major to an analysis of a particular issue relevant to the major.
2. Identify an idea, method, or concept from a discipline outside their major field of study and be able to apply it within the context of their major field of study.
3. Examine how their previous coursework, including Liberal Studies courses, has contributed to their intellectual development and/or their post-graduation plans.


There are no required textbooks
Available at DePaul Library eBooks.
The IT Project Management Answer Book by David Pratt 2012 ISBN:9781567263770
The Project Management Question and Answer Book by Michael W. Newell & Marina N. Grashina 2004 ISBN:9780814471647
Agile Project Management for Dummies by Mark C. Layton 2012 ISBN:9781118026243
Agile Software Construction by John Hunt DPU Library EBOOK
OPTIONAL Amazon Text
The Mythical Man-month by Frederick Brooks


Project Team Grades (assigned to all team members-Total= 75%):
Project Assignment grades
Concept Demo (due W3) (5%)
Requirements (due W5) (5%)
Architecture (due W6) (5%)
System Plan (due W7) (5%)
Project Preview Demo (due W9) (10%)
Final Project Presentation (due W11) 35%
Final Project Documentation (due W11) 10%

Individual grades (Total=25%):
Individual Assessment of project contribution (due W11) 15%
Weekly Individual Project Logs (due weekly) 10%
This Individual Grade value will swing from zero for no participation to 25% for maximum participation.

Project MUST run. If it doesn't, the Final Project Presentation will earn NO MORE than 15%
Attendance is REQUIRED for project credit
Final Project Demonstration will be at assigned Final Exam time in the classroom
All Grades will be posted at D2L class site.


Senior Standing

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Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

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