CS 446/646 & ECE 452 (Spring 2010) – Software Design and Architecture

General Information, Marking Scheme, Project & Assignments, Textbook & Reading Material


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Mar 3rd, 2010 – Welcome

General Information


Atif Khan, DC 3318 , a78khan@uwaterloo.ca

Office hours: Wed 9:30 – 11:00 DC 3318

Teaching Assistants

Wei Wang w65wang@uwaterloo.ca
Zhirong Li z32li@uwaterloo.ca


8:30AM – 9:20AM, MWF at MC 4063


7:00PM – 8:50PM, Fri at MC 4040

Schedule & reading


Marking Scheme

CS 446 ECE452

CS 646

Assignment 1: Document the Architecture of the Software


Assignment 2: Prototype Demo


Assignment 3: Detailed Design


Assignment 4: Implementation


Assignment 5: Presentation of implementation




Final Exam



Paper presentation


Paper reviews (2)





Bonus marks: Participation in class discussion will earn you 5% bonus marks. Based on asking questions and participation in class discussions, students will have to submit a one page summary of the initial question and the class discussion, highlighting their understanding and contribution. A summary will earn a single point each (max of 5 points).

Late Policy: Assignments handed in 1 day late: 10% penalty, 2 days late: 20%, 3 days late: no credit (exceptions: a crisis such as a documented medical emergency).

Final Exam: The final exam covers all reading material, lecture material, and project material unless otherwise announced.

Project & Assignments

The project will be done in teams of 3 or 4. Remember the project accounts for 40% of your final mark. So get started now.

You are to design (architectural and detailed design), implement and present a software system over five assignments (see Schedule) as below:

Some generic project ideas will be provided. Students interested in their own project ideas must present and seek approval from the TAs.

Textbook & Reading Material

No particular text book. See reference material.

Important Dates

Lectures begin: May 3rd, 2010
Holiday: May 24th, 2010
Mid-term: June 17th, 2010

Holiday: July 2nd, 2010
Lectures end: July 28th, 2010

Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar

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Last updated on Jul 30th, 2010 Atif Khan