CompSci 408
Fall 2020
Delivering Software:
From Concept to Client

Software never was perfect and won’t get perfect. But is that a license to create garbage? The missing ingredient is our reluctance to quantify quality. — Boris Beizer

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Course Description

In this course, you will gain experience with the entire program development project cycle, from initial conception through user acceptance. You will be exposed to a broad perspective of issues related to the management of technology including feasibility assessment, project planning, project implementation, performance testing, documentation, marketing, and roll-out. This course will include many guest lectures from industry partners to provide contact with people actually involved in delivering software.

You will work in teams on a large software project that has an actual customer who expects to use the software after the course ends. Through these activities, you will gain program development skills that parallel real-world processes. Project ideas will be solicited from local clients that can be on-site to work with you and that tend towards non-traditional platforms or user interfaces. You will make a public presentation of the project results at the conclusion of the course.

The goal of this course is to expose students to a realistic model for the effective design and construction of software programs, and provide a useful experience in technology development. As such, students must have completed at least CompSci 307, CompSci 308 or equivalent team project experiences.

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