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CSC 3700 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

CSC 3700 - Software Analysis and Design

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course teaches various stages of software development.

The topics studied in this course include:

  • Software systems analysis
  • Software requirements analysis
  • Modeling tools and methods for analysis and design
  • Development of a software requirements specification document
  • Software design guidelines and heuristics
  • Software testing and debugging
  • The development of a software design and testing document.
Course Outcomes:
  1. Learn and appreciate the basic issues involved in the development of complex engineering software systems
  2. Learn tools and techniques for requirements analysis and design and apply it within the context of your chosen paradigm for software development.
  3. Use automated tools (CASE tools), if necessary, for your class project (s).
  4. Develop requirements, design, and test specifications for your chosen project.
  5. Learn to work in a group and contribute effectively as a team member. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Proficient with programming in at least one language (C/C++/Java) is required.

Course Topics:

Overview of software engineering paradigms and management techniques. Detailed analysis and design techniques, software testing and debugging techniques, maintenance, configuration management and reliability, etc. 

Specific Course Requirements:
  1. Ability to perform independently and as a team member is absolutely essential.
  2. A good working knowledge of a high-level programming language is required. You will not be taught programming in this class. A good knowledge of a word processing package such as Microsoft Word, as well as how to make a presentation using software like Microsoft PowerPoint 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Class notes (handouts, etc.). 

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Tests and homework will be solely on an individual basis. Appropriate time frames for the tests and homework will be given. You will be responsible for turning these in within the allocated time frame. 

Grading Procedures:
Exams (2)2 * 100 = 200
Homework (4)4 * 20 = 80
Class discussion (4)4 * 4 = 16
Project: requirements doc (1)25
Project: design doc (1)25
Project: implementation and testing doc(1)30
Project: group progress report (4)4 * 3 = 12
Project: individual progress log (4)4 * 3 = 12
Total Points400

Grades will be based on your tests / assignments and group participation. Members of a group are required to keep the instructor aware of any interpersonal differences and or lack of contribution by other group members. 

Grading Scale:
A360-400 Points
B320-359 Points
C280-319 Points
D240-279 Points
F<240 Points


Assignments and Projects:

Students are responsible for checking the course web site for updates and assignments regularly. Also, students are required to participate equally towards the group project. All assignments will be handed in using the "Dropbox" feature. To submit an assignment, click on the "dropbox" link at the top of the page, select the appropriate assignment, and upload and submit the necessary files(s).. 

Class Participation:
  1. Students must participate in all interactive aspects of the course.
  2. Students in this class must communicate regularly with other team members
  3. Students are expected to communicate regularly with the instructor - A brief paragraph describing your contributions towards the project is due every other week starting with week 7.
  4. Students must actively participate in discussion events. 
Late Policy:

You are expected to submit your work in a timely fashion. Refer to the course calendar for assignment milestones. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017