SE2 (ECE452/SE464/CS446/CS646): Software Design and Architecture

Course schedule and reading: Schedule

Fall 2008, Department of Computer Science, Waterloo University

Instructor: Prof. Ric Holt, DC 2508 ext 37242,

Teaching Assistant: Sarah Nadi,  snadi @

SE2 course description: CS446, ECE452, SE464

Lectures: 8:30AM-9:20AM   MWF MC 4042

Tutorials: 2:30PM-3:20PM   Friday MC 4040

Project: The project will be done (by default) in teams of 4

Nature of project.   As per assignments 1 to 4 listed below, you are to design (give architecture and detailed design), implement and present a software system of your choosing or invention.  This can be the VOIP project or any other project..


  • Asgn 0 Proposal for your project (must be approved by TA)
  • Asgn 1 Architecture
  • Asgn 2 Detailed design
  • Asgn 3 Implementation
  • Asgn 4 Presentation of implementation

Previous Project Information.  The project for previous versions of this course implemented the Voice Over IP system, documented in Overview of VOIP Project and VIOP hardware Interface Description.  This is no longer the default project, although you can propose to do this project.  Alternatively, you can invent your own project.  You will not be provided with help or consulting on the VOIP project.

Marking: A1: Architecture 10%, A2: Detailed Design 10%, Midterm 10%, A3: Implementation 10%, A4: Presentation 10%, Exam 50%.

Lateness 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).

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

Text:    No text but see reading assignments on course schedule
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Newsgroup: uw.cs.cs446   [TBA]

University Dates:

Lectures begin: 8 Sept 2008 (Mon)

Holiday (Thanksgiving): 13 Oct 2008 (Mon)

Lectures end: 1 Dec 2008 (Mon)

Exams begin: TBA

Related material on course SE2.

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Last update: 10 Sept 2008 RCH