CSIS 654 Syllabus – Spring 2015


Aspen Olmsted
Course website : https://blogs.cofc.edu/olmsteda
Tel: 843.953.6600
Email: Please use aspen.olmsted@cs.cofc.edu with Subject = CSIS654
Office: Harbor Walk East 315
Office hours: TR 10:00 – 11:00 AM, T 5:30 – 6:30 PM http://olmsteda.youcanbookme.com

Class place and time

Harber Walk East 301, TR 6:30-9:15 pm

Catalog description

CSCI 654 Software Requirements Analysis and Specifications
An introduction to the software requirements engineering process. Topics to include feasibility studies, risk, requirements elicitation, modeling, analysis, specification, and validation.

Professor Assumptions

I am assuming because you are in this class you want to learn about server side programming.  Therefore, it is my job to use the 40 hour long classes and 80 hours of outside work to get you there.

Required text

None.  I will provide links to many eBooks and eArticles that will be in PDF or HTML format.  I strongly recommend a tablet so students can read these eBooks comfortably.

Grading scale

100-90 (A); 89-85 (B+); 84-80 (B); 79-75 (C+); 74-70 (C); 69-65 (D+); 64-60 (D); else (F)

Evaluation schedule

40% – Weekly Presentations
20% – Online Course Work
40% – Project

Weekly Presentations

Each week you will be assigned a reading from the eBook Collection.  The student is responsible for reading the material and presenting a 7-10 minute summary to the class.  If you are unable to make it to class you will be responsible for recording your presentation in advance and answering questions via the Oaks discussion forums.

Online Course Work

We will run the course as a partially blended course where some lecture time will be done outside of our normal class room hours.  We will be using the free resource: www.udacity.com and working through the Software Development Life Cycles course.  You will be submitting a screen of your progress screen weekly to receive credit.


Each student will work on an independent project for the semester.  The project will consist of the creation of a software specification for a real software application.  Each student must find a 3rd party who they will work with to build the specification.  During the last few classes students will present their specification in a 20 minute presentation.


Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me individually to discuss your specific needs. Also, please contact the College of Charleston, Center for disability Services http://www.cofc.edu/~cds/ for additional help.

Student Honor Code
I expect you to abide by the Honor Code and the Student Handbook: A Guide to Civil and Honorable Conduct. If you have a question about how to interpret the Honor Code, ask before acting! I encourage collaboration, but you must document it. Thus, each student will submit their own homework and, when collaborating, provide a reference to those people and documents consulted.

Attendance at regular classes is not mandatory, but is a great way to engage the course material and to ask questions. Attendance for tests and the exam is expected (rescheduling for sickness is accommodated). Please do not attend class if you are sick or believe you are becoming ill. It is best to document your absence through an absence report in Undergraduate Academic Services. ATTENDANCE WILL BE TAKEN AT ALL CLASS SESSIONS.

Electronic Devices
The use of electronic devices, both stand-alone and network capable, will play an increasingly important roll in teaching and learning at the College of Charleston, including their use in our classrooms. Just be respectful about unnecessary distractions to you and to others seated around you.

How to report an absence

Students should…

Come to 67 George Street (white house next to Stern Center) to discuss absences and fill out the appropriate forms. Or get forms online at: http://www.cofc.edu/studentaffairs/general_info/absence Forms can be faxed to the College at 953-2290.

Students will need documentation for health, personal or emergency situations.  Athletic Teams and school-sponsored trips will have documented lists of students participating on our letterhead as early in the semester as we get the information from the organization. We would like all information on scheduled outings to reach us at least two full weeks in advance. We will then turn the information back to the coach or advisor.

Academic Integrity
Lying, cheating, attempted cheating, and plagiarism are violations of our Honor Code that, when identified, are investigated. Each incident will be examined to determine the degree of deception involved.

Incidents where the instructor determines the student’s actions are related more to a misunderstanding will be handled by the instructor. A written intervention designed to help prevent the student from repeating the error will be given to the student. The intervention, submitted by form and signed both by the instructor and the student, will be forwarded to the Dean of Students and placed in the student’s file.

Cases of suspected academic dishonesty will be reported directly by the instructor and/or others having knowledge of the incident to the Dean of Students. A student found responsible by the Honor Board for academic dishonesty will receive a XF in the course, indicating failure of the course due to academic dishonesty. This grade will appear on the student’s transcript for two years after which the student may petition for the X to be expunged. The student may also be placed on disciplinary probation, suspended (temporary removal) or expelled (permanent removal) from the College by the Honor Board.

Students should be aware that unauthorized collaboration–working together without permission– is a form of cheating. Unless the instructor specifies that students can work together on an assignment, quiz and/or test, no collaboration during the completion of the assignment is permitted. Other forms of cheating include possessing or using an unauthorized study aid (which could include accessing information via a cell phone or computer), copying from others’ exams, fabricating data, and giving unauthorized assistance.

Research conducted and/or papers written for other classes cannot be used in whole or in part for any assignment in this class without obtaining prior permission from the instructor. Students can find the complete Honor Code and all related processes in the Student  Handbook at http://studentaffairs.cofc.edu/honor-system/studenthandbook/index.php

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