Spring 2019. CS 3704: Intermediate Software Design and Engineering

Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00pm – 3:15pm, WLH 340
Instructor: Francisco Servant [fservant@vt.edu]
Instructor Office hours: After class, or by email appointment
Teaching Assistants: Joy Zhang [jjzhng@vt.edu], Nick Gill [nsgill1@vt.edu], Deepika Mulchandani [deepikak@vt.edu], Mohammad Shabbir Hasan [shabbir5@vt.edu]
Teaching Assistant Office hours: McBryde Hall 106, 110. Mon 11am – 1pm (Joy), Wed 12am – 2pm (Joy), Thurs 5pm – 7pm (Nick), Fri 11am – 1pm (Nick)


Software engineering is concerned with developing and maintaining software systems that behave reliably and efficiently, and satisfy all requirements that customers have defined for them. In this course, we will first introduce software process and then go over every phase in the process: requirements analysis, software design, implementation, testing, and maintenance. Finally, we will briefly introduce some advanced concepts in software engineering. We will learn-by-doing to strengthen our understanding of materials covered in lectures. Class attendance and participation are highly encouraged to improve critical thinking and communication skills of students. Students will do a group project (5 people per group) following all the stages of the software development lifecycle. Students will: document software requirements, design software, implement code, and test the functionality of a software project.


CS 3114 (Minimum grade of C).


The textbook for the course concentrates on the tasks of specification, requirements and object-oriented design. The supplemental texts listed here are NOT REQUIRED for the course, but contain a broader set of materials about software engineering. Hard or electronic copies of these books are available at VT library. Class lectures and the books will provide the material to use as you build your projects. Some of the material will be in your textbook; some will not. Additional materials will be available online.

  • Craig Larman, Applying UML and Patterns: An Introduction to Object-oriented Analysis and Design, Edition 3, Prentice Hall, 2005. (LAR)
  • Roger S. Pressman, Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach, McGraw Hill, 2005. SUPPLEMENTAL (PRE)
  • Ian Sommerville, Software Engineering, Addison Wesley, 2007. SUPPLEMENTAL. (SOM)
  • Rod Stephens, Beginning Database Design Solutions, Wrox, 2008. (STE)
  • Eric Freeman, Elisabeth Robson, Kathy Sierra, and Bert Bates, Head First Design Patterns. SUPPLEMENTAL.

Grading and Evaluation

Distribution of points:

Midterm 20%
Final Exam 30%
Group Project 50%

Submission guidelines:

Assignments must be submitted as follows:

  • through Canvas. Use the folder for the corresponding assignment.
  • by 23:59pm Eastern time on the due date

Late submission policy:

Unexcused late assignments will be penalized 1% per 1-hour period.

Grading scale:

≥ 93% → A ≥ 83% → B ≥ 73% → C ≥ 63% → D
≥ 90% → A- ≥ 80% → B- ≥ 70% → C- ≥ 60% → D-
≥ 87% → B+ ≥ 77% → C+ ≥ 67% → D+ ≥ 0% → F

Schedule (tentative)

Week Date Topic Reference Materials Assignment
1 01/22 Introduction to Software Engineering * Standish Group Report 1995
* Fred Brooks, “No Silver Bullet”
* They write the right stuff
01/24 Introduction to Software Engineering
2 01/29 Project Management PRE Ch 6
01/31 Project Management PRE Ch 6 Group selections due before class
3 02/05 Requirements LAR Ch 2, 5, 6, 9
02/07 Requirements LAR Ch 2, 5, 6, 9 Assignment 1 - Group contract. Due by 23:59pm on Canvas
4 02/12 Requirements LAR Ch 2, 5, 6, 9
02/14 Requirements LAR Ch 2, 5, 6, 9
5 02/19 Software Process PRE Ch 3, 4. SOM Ch4
02/21 Software Process PRE Ch 3, 4. SOM Ch4 Assignment 2 - Requirements. Due by 23:59pm on Canvas
6 02/26 High-level Design PRE Ch 10, 12. SOM Ch 11
02/28 High-level Design PRE Ch 10, 12. SOM Ch 11
7 03/05 Midterm review session
03/07 Midterm Midterm exam
8 03/12 No class - Spring Break
03/14 No class - Spring Break
9 03/19 Detailed Design LAR Ch 14, 15, 17, 19
03/21 Detailed Design LAR Ch 16 Assignment 3 - High-level Design. Due by 23:59pm on Canvas
10 03/26 Detailed Design STE Ch 1, 9
03/28 Detailed Design PRE Ch 15
11 04/02 Detailed Design LAR Ch 26
04/04 Testing PRE Ch 22
12 04/09 Testing PRE Ch 23
04/11 Testing PRE Ch 24 Assignment 4 - Detailed Design. Due 04/12 by 23:59pm on Canvas
13 04/16 Refactoring Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
04/18 Continuous Integration
14 04/23 Final Exam Review Session
04/25 Project Presentations Assignment 5 - Implementation and Testing. Due by 23:59pm on Canvas.

Presentation Groups: Servant’s Servants, csGoons
15 04/30 Project Presentations Presentation Groups: Group 3, Software Gurus, Intermed Software Group, Blacksburg Bad Boys
05/02 Project Presentations Presentation Groups: Temporary, Virginia Tech Lacrosse Team, TryHards
16 05/07 Project Presentations Presentation Groups: Solvem Problers, SQL Injectors, Macrosoft, Dumpster Fire
05/09 Reading Day. No class. Assignment 6 - Presentation Slides. Due by 23:59pm on Canvas
Exam 05/13 Exam in class 4:25pm – 6:25pm Final exam


Virginia Tech Honor Code:

The work you turn in must be your own. Consequences of cheating in this class: a letter in your academic file, and the course grade is lowered, most likely to F. Material that is copied from books or Web pages needs to be quoted and the source must be given. If you plagiarize, you run the severe risk of failing the class, in a most disgraceful manner.


If you need special accommodations, please contact the instructor during the first week of classes.