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Graduate students
Adriana Meza Soria
Elahe Paikari
Course Title
Informatics 121
Software Design I
Fall 2009

André van der Hoek
Office: Donald Bren Hall 5228
Phone: +1 949-824-6326

Teaching Assistant
Nick Mangano

Location: AIRB 1030
Day and time: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-13:50

Catalogue Description
121 Software Design I (4). Introduction to application design: designing the overall functionality of a software application. Topics include general design theory, software design theory, and software architecture. Includes practice in designing and case studies of existing designs. Prerequisite: Informatics 102 with a grade of C or better.

All students enrolled in the course will earn a letter grade based upon: (a) class attendance and participation, (b) midterm, and (c) assignments and class project.

Grade distribution will be as follows:

  • Readings: 10%
  • Bus stop: 20%
  • Design Studio 2: 20%
  • Video analysis: 10%
  • Design Studio 3: 20%
  • Design Studio 4: 20%

Course Mailing List
To send mail: 37050-F09@classes.uci.edu
To view the archive: https://eee.uci.edu/classmail/f09/37050/

Students with Disabilities
Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss his or her specific needs. Also contact the Disability Services Center at (949) 824-7494 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

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Week Date Topic Slides Assignments
1 September 24 Design Exercises Lecture 1 Assignment 1 out (see slides; download text here)
2 September 29 Design Exercises Lecture 2 Assignment 1 due
Assignment 2 out (see slides; download text here)
October 1 Defining Design Lecture 3 Assignment 2 due
Assign 3, part 1 out (see slides)
3 October 6 Design Exercises Lecture 4 Assignment 3, part 1 due
Assignment 3, part 2 out (see slides)
October 8 Design Theory Lecture 5
4 October 13 Design Exercises Assignment 3, part 2 due
October 15 Design theory Lecture 6 Assignment 4 out (see slides; download text here and here)
5 October 20 Design Studio I Lecture 7 Assignment 4 due
Design Studio I out (see slides)
October 22 Design Theory Lecture 8 Design Studio I continued (see slides)
6 October 27 Design Studio I Lecture 9 Design Studio I continued (see slides)
October 29 Design Studio I Lecture 10 Design Studio I continued (see slides)
7 November 3 Design Studio I Design Studio I continued
November 5 Design Studio I Lecture 11 Design Studio I continued
Video analysis out (see slides)
8 November 10 Video analysis Lecture 12 Video analysis due
November 12 Design Theory Lecture 13
9 November 17 Design Studio II Lecture 14 Design Studio II out (see slides and see design documentary format )
November 19 Design Studio II Lecture 15 Design Studio II continued
10 November 24 Design Studio II Lecture 16
November 26 Thanksgiving, no lecture
11 December 1 Design Studio III Lecture 17 Design Studio III out (see slides and see the design brief)
December 3 Design Studio III
Finals week December 11, 10:30 - 12:30 Design Studio III
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