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    COP 3331 Object Oriented Analysis and Design
    Spring Semester 2006


This class has students attending in two distinct modes:

  1. Traditional On-Campus (section 2)
  2. Distance Learning On-Line (sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

The content, objectives, assignments, assessments, and grading are the same for all students. Obviously, however, on-campus, mixed-mode, and distance students sometimes participate in different ways.

For all students: Regular participation via the Blackboard course interface is required. Official course announcements, lecture materials, assignments, and help archives will all be on-line at this site. Note that all registered students should have the course web site listed on their My FSU portal page. Be sure to test this and resolve any difficulties no later than the first week of classes.

For on-campus/local students: Class (lecture and recitation) will be met and attendance is required. (See schedule details below.) All exams will be given in class during scheduled class time.

For on-line/distance students: All exams must be proctored and taken during the exam window. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for proctored exams in compliance with the FSU standards. Go to the URL http://online.fsu.edu/learningresources/proctoredexam/ for details.

Note that students may be required to identify themselves with official FSU ID to sit an exam.


Lecture   TEC 129   Jan 10 - Apr 25 (excluding Mar 7)   Tue   5:00pm - 7:30pm (Central Time)


There will be two exams in COP 3331, a midterm exam and a final exam. The dates for the two exams are shown in the following table.

Exam Calendar
Exam On-Campus Distance Window (Inclusive)
Midterm Exam Tue Feb 28 Fri Mar 3 - Mon Mar 6
Final Exam Tue Apr 25 Fri Apr 21 - Mon Apr 24


Chris Lacher, Faculty
Responsibilities: Course Policies and Standards, On-Site and On-Line Instruction, Assessment 
Office: 112 Faculty Annex B / Panama City Campus 
Office Phone (during office hours): 850-522-5502 or 850-644-2090 ext 251 
Mobile Phone/Voice Mail (24/7): 850-510-5575 
Email:  lacher@cs.fsu.edu
Mail & Delivery: Florida State University
4750 Collegiate Drive
Panama City, FL 32405-1099
Lacher Weekly Schedule Effective Jan 9 - Apr 29, 2006 (excluding Jan 17 and Mar 7-11)
Adria Peaden, Teaching Assistant
Responsibilities: Distance Student Mentor, On-Line Interaction, Assessment 
Email:  peaden@cs.fsu.edu


The course COP 3330 is a required prerequisite for COP 3331. In addition, COP 4530 is highly recommended as either a pre- or co-requisite. Prerequisites will be enforced. Students not meeting the prerequisite requirement will be dropped from the class.


Once a student has achieved a strong background and significant experience in programming with classes and objects, it is appropriate to consider the creation of large-scale software at a higher level. Object-oriented design and analysis is that level.


This course covers the core material in an Object Oriented Software Engineering course for the first-time user. While it is assumed that the student has substantial expertise in programming in an object oriented language, it is not assumed that the student has any design experience.

The course of necessity cannot produce professional expertise in one semester. Some things will be immediately familiar; some things will be immediately perceived as useful; and some things may need to be taken on faith as potentially useful as the student gains experience in software.

In the vast landscape of software engineering, this first course will emphasize those elements that make sense for individuals: UML modelling, analysis, and design. Topics that pertain to, or of necessity require multiple personnel, will be introduced but will not receive as much emphasis in this introductory course.


This course is about software engineering, with over-riding emphasis on object-oriented software engineering. The following objectives should be taken in this context:

In particular, the student should have a strong understanding of the following recurring software cycle

  requirements elicitation
while ( )

Note that this is a never-ending loop for most software products.


The overall grade for COP 3331 is an average of two equally weighted parts: Exams and Assignments. Exams consist of a midterm exam and a final exam. Assignments consist of six minor ("homework") assignments and two major ("project") assignments. The dates for the two exams are shown in the Exam Calendar above. Due dates for other deliverables will be available on the Course Calendar.

There are 1000 total points that may be earned in the course (not counting possible extra credit opportunities), distributed as shown in Table 1. At least 350 exam points (midterm and final exams) and 350 assignment points (projects and homework) must be earned to get a course grade of C or better. In addition, working solutions for every assignment must be submitted in order to be eligible for the grade of A or A-. Once meeting these constraints, the final grade is determined using Table 2.

     Table 1: Course Points 
     Item   Points/Item   No of Items    Total 
     Homework   50   6   300 
     Projects   100   2   200 
     Midterm Exam   200   1   200 
     Final Exam   300   1   300 
    Total Points:    1000 
     Table 2: Letter Grades  
     Points   Grade 
     925 - 1000   A 
     900 - 924   A- 
     875 - 899   B+ 
     825 - 874   B 
     800 - 824   B- 
     775 - 799   C+ 
     725 - 774   C 
     700 - 724   C- 
     675 - 699   D+ 
     625 - 674   D 
     600 - 624   D- 
     0 - 599   F 

NOTE: You must earn at least 350 points in both Exams (in-term and final exams) and Assignments (projects and homework) to be awarded a course grade of C or better. In addition, you must submit a working version of every assignment in order to be eligible for the grade of A or A-.

Late Deliverables: Assignments should be submitted by the due date published in the course calendar. Late deliverables will be treated as non-existent.


Course textbook (required):

Object-Oriented Software Engineering, 2nd ed
B. Bruegge and A. Dutoit
Prentice Hall, 2004


First Day Attendance Policy: Official university policy is that any student not attending the first class meeting will be automatically dropped from the class. For distance students, this policy is interpreted as posting to the discussion forum "First Day Attendance" no later than the first day of the semester.

Regular Attendance Policy: The university requires attendance in all classes. Attendance in distance classes shall mean regular access to the course web site via campus.fsu.edu and regular participation in the class discussion forums. Here, "regular" shall mean a substantial amount of time on a weekly basis. Note that individual access statistics are maintained by Blackboard.

Proctored Exam Policy: All exams must be proctored and taken at an approved testing site during the exam window or in class on the designated date. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for proctored exams in compliance with the FSU standards. Go to http://online.fsu.edu/learningresources/proctoredexam/ for details.

Exam Makeup Policy: An exam missed without an acceptable excuse will be recorded as a grade of zero (0). The following are the only acceptable excuses:

All excuses must be submitted in writing, must be signed by the excusing authority, and must include complete contact information for the authority, including telephone numbers and address.

Missed exams with acceptable excuse will be made up or assigned the average grade of all other exams, at the option of the course instructor.

Missed, and acceptably excused, final exams will result in the course grade of 'I' and must be made up in the first two weeks of the following semester.

Grade of 'I' Policy: The grade of 'I' will be assigned only under the following exceptional circumstances:

Completion of Work Policy: To be eligible for the grade of A or A-, working versions of all programming assignments must be submitted.


All students are expected to uphold the Academic Honor Policy published on-line here. Please note the following items are defined and made violations by the policy:

  1. Plagiarism
  2. Cheating
  3. Unauthorized Group Work
  4. Fabrication, Falsification, and Misrepresentation
  5. Multiple Submission
  6. Abuse of Academic Materials
  7. Complicity in Academic Dishonesty
  8. Attempted ...

Violations of the academic honor policy may result in failing grades and/or dismissal from the university. All students are expected to read and understand the policy.


Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should: (1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; (2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This should be done during the first week of class.

For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the

Student Disability Resource Center
Dean of Students Department
08 Kellum Hall
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4400
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
(850) 644-8504 (TDD)

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