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Course Title
Informatics 121
Software Design I
Fall 2012

André van der Hoek
Office: DBH 5228 (you may also find me in DBH 5038)
Phone: +1 949-824-6326

Teaching Assistant
Christian Adriano

Location: ET 204
Lecture day and time: Monday and Wednesday, 11:00-12:20
Discussion day and time: Friday, 14:00-15:30 (note: in ET 202)

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. Prerequisites: Informatics 45 or ICS 23/CSE23 or ICS 33/CSE43, with a grade of C or better and upper-division standing.

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: 10%
  • Video analysis: 10%
  • Design studio 3: 25%
  • Design studio 4: 25%

Course Mailing List
To send mail: 37050-f12@classes.uci.edu
To view the archive: https://eee.uci.edu/classmail/f12/37050//

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 October 1 Design exercises Lecture 1 Reading 1 out (download text here)
October 3 Design exercises Lecture 2 Reading 1 due
Reading 2 out (download text here)
2 October 8 Defining design Lecture 3 Reading 2 due
October 10 Designing is difficult Lecture 4 Design studio 1, part 1 out
3 October 15 Design studio 1 Lecture 5 Design studio 1, part 1 due
October 17 Design studio 1 Lecture 6
4 October 22 Design studio 1 presentations Design studio 1, part 2 due
October 24 Design essence and tradeoffs Lecture 7 Video analysis out
5 October 29 Design studio 2 Lecture 8 Video analysis due
Papers for design studio available here and here)
October 31 Design studio 2 Lecture 9
6 November 5 Design notations Lecture 10
November 7 Design techniques Lecture 11 Design studio 2 due
Design studio 3, part 1 out
7 November 12 No lecture, Veterans Day)
November 14 No lecture, André traveling)
8 November 19 Design studio 3 presentations Design studio 3, part 1 due
November 21 Design studio 3 presentations
9 November 26 Design studio 3 Lecture 12 Design studio 3, part 2 out
November 28 Design studio 3 Lecture 13
10 December 3 Design studio 4 Lecture 14 Design studio 3, part 2 due
Design studio 4 out
December 5 Design studio 4
Finals week December 14, 08:00 - 10:00 Design studio 4 presentations Design studio 4 due
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