College of Engineering
EC447 - Software Design – Fall 2012
Prof. Thomas P. Skinner, Ph.D.
Room PHO 337
Design with C# .NET, Thomas P. Skinner (not published, draft will be
provided online free of charge)
slides available on the course web site.
- Microsoft Electronic Learning Library, Microsoft
Press, (available through MSDNAA at no charge, details will be provided)
- Programming Microsoft Windows Forms (Pro Developer)
by Charles Petzold (Paperback - Nov 2, 2005)
- Programming Microsoft Windows with C#, Charles
Petzold, Microsoft Press, 2002.
A good but dated reference if you can find a used copy. Very comprehensive coverage of the GDI.
- Many other books on Windows Forms programming using C#
Students must be fully competent in C++, C#, or Java,
algorithms, and data structures (EC330 or equivalent is highly desirable).
Operating Systems, EC440, is also desirable.
This will be a hands on programming and design course.
When you have completed the course you will be thoroughly familiar with the use
of the C# programming language for software development, have developed better
software design skills, and have a working knowledge of programming Microsoft
Windows using the .NET framework class library. These are some of the most
sought after skills in the software industry today.
Attendance is required and constitutes 40 percent
of your grade. You will receive two points for every class attended up
to the 40 point limit. There are 27 classes allowing seven extra classes
beyond the 20 necessary. Therefore, there will be no excused
absences. You are strongly advised to attend all classes to
achieve the best possible course grade.
Late assignments will be accepted up to one week after the
original due date with a 50% penalty. Assignments will not be accepted
beyond one week late without mitigating circumstances and prior arrangement.
All students will be allowed to submit ONE assignment late WITHOUT penalty.
Save your late waiver for when you absolutely need it. For example, a tough week
in another course or job interviews out of town.
No extra work can be undertaken to boost a final grade.
This is a Boston University policy.
The ECE department is part of a very exciting program
sponsored by Microsoft. As a student in EC447 you will be able to download a
copy of Visual Studio 2010 Professional and legally install it on your own
computers for academic and personal use only. You must abide by the special end
user license agreement the department has agreed to. Detailed information on
accessing DreamSpark - ELMS will be provided in class.
I am usually available immediately after class and by
e-mail at other times. I normally respond to e-mail quickly and that is a
good way to ask a simple question.
Any form of copying of any part of a program is plagiarism
and will result in a grade of F. Students may assist one another in
understanding the concepts of the course and even to the extent of having
similar program designs. I urge cooperation among students in helping each other
with the concepts. The line is drawn at the program code. Program code must
be an individual effort. In addition to failing the course I will report all
such academic misconduct to the student conduct review board.
You will not violate these rules if you never show your
code to anyone else and in turn you never look at anyone else’s code.
Reading newspapers or other non-course material during class
is distracting to your classmates and extremely discourteous to everyone. Bring
a cup of coffee if you can’t keep awake. Return from class break promptly. I
have often delayed starting the class after the break waiting for students who
are late. This denies your classmates of adequate lecture time. Please have the
courtesy to inform me if you are unable to return. I have often delayed
restarting waiting for people who never come back.
You may use your notebook computer in class if you wish.
However, I am aware that some people are using their notebooks in class to surf
the web, IM with friends, and other non-course related activities. This is
objectionable behavior. It is rude to your instructor and classmates who may be
distracted by what you are doing. Please have the courtesy and professionalism
not to engage in this abuse. I reserve the right to restrict computer usage
should such abuse be evident.
Keys to Success in this Course
· Attend all
classes. Students who do not have good attendance almost always do poorly.
· Review the
course overheads and relevant book chapters in advance.
notes! I always give hints about what’s important and what can cause
problems with labs. Don’t rely on your memory. I can’t, and you won’t as a
questions. The time to ask questions is during class when I am going over the
material. If you don’t understand something speak up. I will always attempt to
answer questions. Invariably you are not the only one having a problem. It is
much more productive to deal with questions during class where everyone can
· Review the
course material and your notes AFTER the class to reinforce your understanding.
assignments early. Most students grossly underestimate the effort required. All
but the simplest assignments CAN’T be done the night before they are due. No
matter how much I emphasize this, many fail to listen.
Course Web Page
This course has a web page. Assignments and other material
that might be relevant to this course will be posted. In addition, I will post
course grades on an ongoing basis. Each student will be assigned a personal
identification number (PIN). In addition to your BU ID number you will be
required to enter this PIN to access your grades. The web page will also contain
copies of all course overheads in PowerPoint format. These can be viewed and/or
printed as you prefer. I will give out the password to access these files in
class. The course page is located at http://tomcat.bu.edu/ec447.