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Course Title
Informatics 121
Software Design I
Fall 2010

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

Teaching Assistant
Nadine Amsel

Location: AIRB 1030
Day and time: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00-12:20

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 113 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, and (b) assignments, and (c) course projects.

Grade distribution will be as follows:

  • Readings: 10%
  • Design studio 1: 20%
  • Design Studio 2: 20%
  • Video analysis: 10%
  • Design Studio 3: 20%
  • Design Studio 4: 20%

Course Mailing List
To send mail: 37050-f10@classes.uci.edu
To view the archive: https://eee.uci.edu/classmail/f10/37050/

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 23 (no lecture, André out of town)
2 September 28 Design Exercises Lecture 1 Reading 1 out (see slides; download text here)
September 30 Design Exercises Lecture 2 Reading 1 due
Reading 2 out (see slides; download text here)
3 October 5 Defining Design Lecture 3 Reading 2 due
Desgin Studio 1, part 1 out (see slides)
October 7 Design Studio I Lecture 4 Design Studio I, part 1 due
Design Studio I, part 2 out (see slides)
4 October 12 Defining Design Lecture 5
October 14 Design Studio I (no slides, team presentations) Design Studio I, part 2 due (teamevaluation-1.doc)
5 October 19 Design Techniques Lecture 6 Design Studio II, part 1 out (see slides)
October 21 Design Studio II Lecture 7 Design Studio II, part 1 due
Design Studio II, part 2 out (see slides and the Michael Jackson paper)
6 October 26 Design Studio II Lecture 8 Design Studio II, part 2 due
Design Studio II, part 3 out (see slides)
October 28 Design Example (no slides, example design on the whiteboard)
7 November 2 Design Studio II (no slides, discussion)
November 4 Design Studio II Lecture 9 Design Studio II, part 3 due
Design Studio III, part 1 out (see slides)
8 November 9 (no lecture, André out of town)
November 11 (no lecture, André out of town)
9 November 16 Design Notations Lecture 10 Design Studio III, part 1 due
Design Studio III, part 2 out (see slides)
November 18 Design Rationale Lecture 11
10 November 23 Design Studio IV Lecture 12 Design Studio III, part 2 due
Design Studio IV out
November 25 (no lecture, Thanksgiving)
11 November 30 Design Studio IV Design Studio IV, posters
December 2 Design Studio IV Lecture 13 Design Studio IV, preliminary designs
Finals week December 7, 10:30 - 12:30 Design Studio IV Design Studio IV, final posters and designs
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