Engr 691-12: Special Topics in Engineering Science
Software Architecture
Fall Semester 2000


The fall semester 2000 class meets in 351 Weir Hall from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 on Monday and Wednesday.

The class is taught by Prof. Conrad Cunningham, whose office is 312 Weir Hall. Prof. Cunningham's official office hours for this semester are 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment at other times.

Prof. Cunningham's voice telephone number is (662) 915-5358 and fax number is (662) 915-5623. His WWW home page is http://www.cs.olemiss.edu/~hcc/ and his email address is cunningham@cs.olemiss.edu (send?).

The WWW home page for this class is http://www.cs.olemiss.edu/~hcc/softArch/ .

The final examination for this class is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, 14 December 2000.

Student Disabilities Services Statement

"It is the responsibility of any student with a disability who requests a reasonable accommodation to contact the Office of Disability Services (915-7128). Contact will then be made by that office through the student to the instructor of this class. The instructor will then be happy to work with the student so that a reasonable accommodation of any disability can be made."

Course Goal

The goal of this course is to increase the students' abilities to understand, use, and construct sophisticated software abstractions.

Course Description

This special topics course will examine concepts and techniques for design and code reuse and generic programming in the context of Java and other object-oriented technologies. The course will focus on use of design contracts, software design patterns, and application frameworks.


This class is intended for students admitted in full standing to the graduate program of the Department of Computer and Information Science. Students are expected to have a background in object-oriented programming, algorithms, data structures, and programming languages similar to the undergraduate courses CSCI 111, 112, 211, 433, and 450. Use of the Java programming language will be required in programming exercises.

Graduate students in other fields should not be enrolled in this class without the explicit permission of the instructor and of their department. Any students in this category are expected to provide the instructor with a note from their advisor or department chair indicating such permission.

Source Materials

Required Textbook:
Mark Grand. Patterns in Java: Volume 1, Wiley, 1998. ISBN: 0-471-25839-3.

Suggested Textbook:
Darren Govoni. Java Application Frameworks, Wiley, 1999. ISBN: 0-471-32930-4.

Several journal and conference articles, research reports, and other materials as appropriate.

Course Topics

The actual topics and their order will be refined as the semester progresses.

Professional Conduct

As a student in Engr 691, you are expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner according to the Honor Code of the School of Engineering, the Information Technology Appropriate Use Policy, the M Book, and any other relevant policies.

Limited Collaboration Policy. Unless otherwise indicated, any homework assignment or programming exercise given in this class will be an individual assignment. The work you submit is to reflect the knowledge, understanding, and skill that you have attained as an individual. However, the instructor does want to encourage the development of a community of scholars who are actively engaged in discussion of the ideas related to this course. With this in mind, you are allowed to discuss solutions of the homework and programming problems with other students if done so according to the following guidelines:


The grading scale is A [90..100], B [80..90), C [70..80), D [60..70), and F [0..60).

Credit toward the semester grade will be allocated to each of the components as follows:

Homeworks/Projects 40%
Exams 60%



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