Each week you will have questions that must be answered (publicly) under the appropriate topic in the Discussions area of the course. You are expected to post your own answer to the question by 11:59 p.m. CT, Thursday of each week. Each original answer is worth 10 points. The posting should demonstrate your understanding of the material, and be well thought-out and complete. A key component of project management is the ability to properly communicate an idea completely and succinctly. The same is expected for discussions: your responses should answer the questions completely and succinctly. If you can completely answer a question in 2 or 3 sentences, go ahead, though that is unlikely. For most discussion questions, a couple of paragraphs are sufficient. There are no specific citations and writing styles needed.
You must post original thoughts before reading the posts of your classmates. For each discussion question, you are also expected to post a substantive response (follow up posting) to at least one other student’s original posting. This should go beyond, “I agree,” or, “Great post”; it should be a well-thought-out response to the original post. Suggested themes for follow-up posts are included in each discussion question. The responses are worth 5 points for each discussion question and are due by Sunday of each week at 11:59 p.m. CT, except for Week 8 where it is due by 11:59 p.m. CT, Saturday.
In the follow up posting assignments, you will be asked to pose counterarguments to another student, or to identify weaknesses or areas of improvement for their posts. It is expected that your posts will offer respectful, professional, constructive criticism and not personal attacks or unsubstantiated destructive criticism.
These weekly assignments will be used to demonstrate how much of the week’s material you have learned. They will vary from week to week and will include short case studies, discussions related to the topic(s) of the week, and other small (1-2 pages) discussions.
For objective questions, more weight will be given to the correctness of the answer than what is expected for the answers to the discussion questions (described above). For more subjective questions, your line of reasoning should mesh with the material covered and reflect proper application of the material. These assignments are to be submitted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course and are due by 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday for Weeks 1 through 7, and 11:59 p.m. CT, Saturday for Week 8.
Each assignment should answer the question completely and succinctly. For most questions, a one to two-page answer should be sufficient. Some questions, however, may require a bit more or a bit less.
Your writing style should be appropriate for a business report to senior management or a short article in a scholarly journal. In other words, proper English should be used, with no use of slang terms. If you need to include citations, please follow the style defined by the Association for Computing Machinery.
In the event the question asks for a figure, diagram, or chart, feel free to use whichever drawing package you prefer. If you do not have access to a drawing package (Visio, Paint, etc.) then you may submit a scan of a hand drawn image. Keep in mind, however, that it must be legible; points may be deducted if the instructor misunderstands the drawing.
Throughout the session, we will be working on the software engineering aspects of a project. There will be 8 stages of the project, with one stage due each week. During Week 1, you will need to select which project (of 2 or 3 possibilities) you wish to work on. During the subsequent weeks, you will work on some aspect of the selected project.
While we won’t actually create a complete Software Requirements Specification or other project documents, we will explore what is needed to write these documents and go through the thought processes used to develop these documents.
These assignments are to be submitted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course and are due by 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday for Weeks 1 to 7, and 11:59 p.m. CT, Saturday for Week 8. Each assignment should answer the question completely and succinctly. For most questions, a one to two-page answer should be sufficient. Some questions, however, may require a bit more or a bit less.
There are no specific citations and writing styles needed. It is left to your discretion.
There will be a Midterm exam (during week 4) and a Final exam (during week 8) in this course. Each exam will be proctored and will last 2 hours. Submit the “Student Proctor Information Submission Form” to the Proctor Information Dropbox by the end of Week 2. This form and additional information about proctoring is located in the Content area of the course. Each Columbia College site has its own hours and methods for handling proctoring.
This exam is proctored and covers material from Weeks 1 to 4. You will have 2 hours and only one attempt to finish it. The exam consists of 20 multiple-choice questions and 4 essay questions (2 short answers and 2 long answers). The exam opens on Monday, 12:01 a.m. CT and closes on Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 4.
This exam is proctored and covers material from Weeks 5 to 8. You will have 2 hours and only one attempt to finish it. The exam consists of 30 multiple-choice questions and 6 essay questions (2 short answers and 4 long answers). The exam opens on Monday, 12:01 a.m. CT and closes on Saturday, 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 8.