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Software Methodologies
Contact Information Course Description Course Goals and Objectives Course Outline Calendar
Course Materials Grading Attendance and Participation Assignments Honesty

Contact Information

Professor Richard J. Povinelli, Ph.D.
Phone 414.288.7088
Office Hours Haggerty Hall 221
TA Office Hours TBD

Course Description and Prerequisites

The first course in software engineering, covering the software life cycle, proper selection of data structures and algorithms, and the availability and choice of programming paradigms for appropriate design and implementation of well-engineered software. An open laboratory and significant programming experiences form an integral part of this course. Prereq: EECE 1610 or COSC 1010.

Course Goals

By the end of this course, you should...
  • understand the software life cycle and demonstrate compentance in using a life-cycle model to engineer a small software application.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you should...
  • understand that sofware can be engineered using an accepted process called the "life cycle" know the phases of the software life cycle.
  • understand the different life cycle models, their advantages and disadvantage, to prepare for selecting a life cycle model in an actual software project.
  • understand and know how to use the most common tools in software engineering
  • understand that testing is an integral part of each of the phases of the life cycle, and be able to perform both non-execution-based and execution-based testing throught the life cycle.
  • know how to determine the requirements for a software product, and how to construct a rapid prototype to assist in developing those requirements
  • be able to do exploratory testing to evaluate the fitness of a software product.

Course Outline

What When
Introduction to Software Engineering wk1
Software Processes wk2
Introduction to Agile wk3
Configuration Management wk4
Agile Values and Principles wk5
Scrum and Self-Organizing Teams wk6
Scrum Planning and Collective Commitment wk7
Software Testing wk8-9
Requirements Engineering wk10
Software Design wk11-12
Extreme Programming (XP) wk13-14
Software Evolution wk15

Course Materials

Required Texts

Learning Agile by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene, O'Reilly, 2014.

Author's Book Website

Software Engineering (10th Edition) by Ian Sommerville, Pearson, 2015.

Author's Book Website


What Total
Quizzes 7.5%
Discussions 7.5%
Homework 15%
Project 35%
Midterm Exam 15%
Final Exam 20%
Total 100%

NOTE: All dates and numbers are subject to change as deemed necessary!

Grade Scale

93+ A
90-93 A-
87-90 B+
83-87 B
80-83 B-
77-80 C+
73-77 C
70-73 C-
67-70 D+
60-67 D
0-60 F

The grading scale is the most stringent one you will be held to, i.e. I can give you a higher letter grade than shown on the scale, but never a lower one. If you have missing assignments, you are inelligible to receive a higher grade.

Late Assignments

I will deduct 5% for assignments up to one day late, 10% for two days late, and 15% for up to three days late, and so on up to a maximum of 50% off. Assignments are due at the beginning of class. They are late after that. Assignments are not accepted after solutions have been distributed, nor after the last day of class. In class assignments are only accepted during the class period they are assigned.

Attendance and Participation

While I do not take attendance per se, attendance is determined via frequent in-class assignments. These in-class assignments are graded and may be turned in only during the class period they are given. Based on the Marquette University Attendance Policy, you may be assigned a WA for more than six missing in-class assignments. I do not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences. However, two in-class assignments may be made up by turning in a makeup assignment within one week of the missed in-class assignment. Contact me to receive the makeup assignment.


You should expect to spend, on average, from six (6) to twelve (12) hours per week on homework assignments and preparation for exams for this class. This time is in addition to the time spent in class.

All written portions of assignments must be created using a word processor. No part of the writeup may be hand drawn. The assignments are to be well written with proper spelling and grammar. Points will be deducted for poorly written assignments. Written portions of assignments must be turned in as MS Word documents (.docx format). Code and other portions must be submitted in the proper electronic format. I will deducted 5% from incorrectly formatted assignments.

All assignments must be turned in via D2L. Assignments are due according to the the time specified in the D2L calendar.

Homework assignments

There will be homework assignments which will be collected and graded. The homework assignments will be scaled to 15% of your grade.


There will be quizzes at the beginning of class. These will be scaled to 7.5% of your grade.


There will be online discussion that will be scaled to 7.5% of your grade.


There will be group project that is split into four phases. The project is worth 35% of your grade.


There will a midterm (15% of grade) and a final exams (20% of grade). See the D2L calendar for the dates.

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