CSCI 8710: Modern Software Development Methodologies

Fall 2009
Meeting time: T 5:30-8:10
Classroom: PKI 383
Instructor: Dr. Harvey Siy
Office: PKI 281B
Phone: (402)554-2834
Office Hours: By appointment (call or email ahead)
Email: hsiy at mail dot unomaha dot edu
Prerequisites: CSCI 4830 (Introduction to Software Engineering) plus object-oriented programming experience
Object-Oriented Software Engineering (2nd edition) by Bruegge and Dutoit, Prentice Hall 2004.
The Unified Modeling Language Reference Manual (2nd edition) by Rumbaugh, Jacobson, and Booch, Addison-Wesley, 2005. (E-book version available from UNO library.)
Principles of Object-Oriented Software Development, 2nd Edition by Anton Eliens
Model-Driven Software Development: Technology, Engineering, Management by Thomas Stahl, Markus Voelter, Wiley, 2006.
Generative Programming by Krzystof Czarnecki and Ulrich Eisenecker, Addison-Wesley, 2000.

Course Description:

Designed to introduce students to advanced object technology and other modern methodologies for developing software systems. Intended for graduate students who have mastered the basic concepts and issues of software engineering. Course covers advanced object-oriented software development. The course also covers several offshoots of object technology, including: component-based software engineering, aspect-oriented software development, model-driven software development, software product line engineering, service-oriented computing, generative programming, etc.

Course content:

  1. UML overview
  2. Object-oriented analysis
  3. Software architectures
  4. Object design
  5. Design patterns
  6. Components, frameworks and middleware
  7. Interface contracts and OCL
  8. Mapping models to code
  9. Testing object-oriented software
  10. Survey of object-oriented methodologies
  11. Model-driven software development
  12. Service-oriented architectures
  13. Beyond objects (aspects, templates/generics)

Other topics to be covered, time permitting:

  1. Object-oriented metrics
  2. Evolution and reengineering of object-oriented software
  3. Object theory
  4. Survey of object-oriented languages


Students will be evaluated as follows:
Exams (midterm and final) 40%
Projects and papers 50%
Homeworks 5%
Class participation 5%

Approximate exam dates

  1. Midterm - mid-October
  2. Final - mid-December

Projects and Papers

Projects and papers will be given to extend the students' learning experience beyond just class lectures. These consists of student presentations, projects, and a term paper.

Student presentations

Throughout the semester, there will be several student presentations and development projects. Each student will be expected to give a presentation, which can either be a technology briefing or research paper discussion.

Technology briefings

A technology briefing gives an overview of a current software development technology relevant to the course. Students can volunteer to present an introduction to, say, the architecture of Oracle Fusion Middleware. Note that a student wishing to make a technology briefing must have professional experience with that technology. I will be providing a list of technology areas for this semester.

Research paper presentations

Alternately, students can also present for discussion the results of an acceptable research paper from a relevant journal or conference. I will be providing a list of papers you can choose from.


There will also be 3-4 development projects which will put into practice the software development principles from the course. Note that programming projects may require working knowledge of Java EE or .Net with C#.

Term paper

Students will also write a term paper in an area of research related to object-oriented software development and its offshoots. It can be a survey of several related research papers from research journals and other acceptable conferences or workshops. (Examples of acceptable conferences and workshops are the research tracks of OOPSLA, ECOOP, WOOR, FOOL, etc.)

Guidelines for assessing class participation

5Regularly makes helpful, relevant contributions to lecture discussions.
Offers observations that challenges classmates to think about the material in new ways.
4Attends regularly and occasionally makes helpful, relevant contributions to lecture discussions.
3Attends regularly and actively pays attention to discussion.
2Attends regularly but does not pay attention to discussion.
1Does not attend regularly.
0Misses most classes.
(Adapted from

Policy on late homeworks

Unless otherwise stated, homeworks must be completed before class on the day it is due.

Late homeworks will get a 20% deduction per day, for each 24-hour period past the due time.

Academic Integrity

Cheating will not be tolerated for project assignments, exams and other assignments. Consult the UNO Student Handbook and Department of Computer Science Policies and Procedures for formal policies about plagiarism.