Software Engineering

CS 410 - Fall 2018

Catalog description:

Prerequisite: CS 253. An examination of the software development process from the initial requirement analysis to the operation and maintenance of the final system. The scope of the course includes the organization of software development projects, the verification and validation of systems, the problems of security and privacy, and the legal aspects of software development, including software protection and software liability.


Instructor Dr. Stan Kurkovsky, Professor of Computer Science
Office MS 303-06
Phone (860) 832-2720
Office hours MW 1:30-3:00pm, TR 12:30-1:30 pm @ MS 303-06
Class meetings TR 1:40 - 2:55pm @ MS 204

Textbook and other things you will need

Course learning outcomes

Program educational objectives and student outcomes are supported by the following course learning outcomes achieved by students upon a successful completion of this course:

  • CLO-1: Analyze a complex software problem and to apply principles of computer science to identify solutions (ABET SO-1);
  • CLO-2: Design, implement, and evaluate a software solution to meet a given set of functional, non-functional, and domain requirements (ABET SO-2);
  • CLO-3: Communicate technical information orally and in writing (ABET SO-3);
  • CLO-4: Understand professional, ethical, and social responsibilities of a software engineering professional (ABET SO-4);
  • CLO-5: Function effectively as a member or leader of a software development team (ABET SO-5);
  • CLO-6: Apply computer science theory and software engineering fundamentals to produce software solutions (ABET SO-6).

Tentative schedule

Reference: S - Sommerville, Software Engineering, 10th edition

Week 1: August 28 - September 1

Week 2: September 3 - September 7

Week 3: September 10 - September 14

Week 4: September 17 - September 21

  • Hands-on introduction to scrum
    Project proposal is due
  • Hands-on introduction to scrum (cont.)

Week 5: September 24 - September 28

Week 6: October 1 - October 5

Week 7: October 8 - October 12

Week 8: October 15 - October 19

Week 9: October 22 - October 26

Week 10: October 29 - November 2

Week 11: November 5 - November 9

Week 12: November 12 - November 16

Week 13: November 19 - November 23

Week 14: November 26 - November 30

Week 15: December 3 - December 7

Final: December 13

  • Final exam: Thursday, December 13, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Midterm and final exams

Each test will focus on the most recent material. However, each test will very likely include some questions aimed at the material covered by the earlier test(s). Make-up tests may only be given if a student can provide a written proof of a serious reason for missing a test (such as illness or accident).

Hands-on case studies

Each case study will present students with a realistic problem or a plausible situation within a software development project. Working individually, in pairs, or in small teams, students will identify one or several solutions to the presented problem. Students will receive points for a case study only if they attend and participate in both the case study and its debrief session. No make ups will be available for missed case studies.

Course project

While working on the course project, students will use the knowledge and skills obtained in this course covering many if not all of the course topics. Working in teams, students will design, implement and document a software system to meet the requirements of an external customer.

Course project is described in detail in this document.

Academic misconduct

All students are expected to demonstrate integrity in the completion of their coursework. Academic integrity means doing one's own work and giving proper credit to the work and ideas of others. It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with what constitutes academic dishonesty and plagiarism and to avoid all forms of cheating and plagiarism. Students who engage in plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct will face academic and possibly disciplinary consequences. Academic sanctions can range from a reduced grade for the assignment to a failing grade for the course. From a disciplinary standpoint, an Academic Misconduct Report may be filed and a Faculty Hearing Board may impose sanctions such as probation, suspension or expulsion.

For further information on academic misconduct and its consequences, please consult the Student Code of Conduct and the Academic Misconduct Policy.


All students are expected to attend class sessions regularly. However, recognizing individual differences, each student is responsible for his/her own attendance and for making-up any missed study or work. Limited assistance will be offered to those with plausible reasons for absences; unexcused absences will result in the student being totally responsible for the make-up process.

Students with disabilities

Please contact me privately to discuss your specific needs if you believe you need course accommodations based on the impact of a disability, medical condition, or if you have emergency medical information to share. I will need a copy of the accommodation letter from Student Disability Services in order to arrange your class accommodations. Contact Student Disability Services if you are not already registered with them. Student Disability Services maintains the confidential documentation of your disability and assists you in coordinating reasonable accommodations with the faculty.

Other statements

Here's a link to a document containing information about other policies and resources.

Grades and evaluation

Students will be evaluated regularly during the semester and should be aware of their progress continuously during the semester. The final course grade will be reported according to the stated University policy.

The final course grade will be calculated according to the following distribution of points:

Case study participation (3 @ 5 pts each) 15
Project 30
Midterm exam 25
Final exam 30
Total 100

Course letter grade will be determined as follows:

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
94-100 90-93.99 87-89.99 84-86.99 80-83.99 77-79.99 74-76.99 70-73.99 67-69.99 64-66.99 60-63.99 0-59.99