The CS130 Project is intended to facilitate the learning of software
development processes by having you design and implement a significant
system. More importantly, the project will lead you to learn
about working in groups, sharing tasks, meeting deadlines, resolving
conflicts, writing technical reports, and making presentations.
This project may prove to be the highlight of your resume after you
graduate and seek employment in software development.
This document provides necessary details for the completion of your
project. It should serve as the reference source to resolve any
questions. Anything not covered by this document should be
brought to the instructor's attention; this document will be updated
It is the group's responsibility to determine and maintain its
structure. That is, you are free to choose the team structure
yourselves. I will evaluate the team on how well it implements
the selected structure, not on which structure you select.
However, I will expect a certain level of responsibility rotation
(e.g., recording project meeting minutes for the Log Book) regardless
of the team organization that you select.
We will hold weekly project meets during the last portion of class on
Thursdays. The length of these meetings will depend on the
agenda. Prior to some of the meetings, someone from the group
will give a presentation related to a particular deliverable or some
other topic that becomes relevant to the project. However, you
should also expect to hold additional project meetings outside of class
at times arranged mutually by the group.
The group is required to maintain and submit at various intervals a log
book reporting on project meetings, topics of debate, decision
processes and decisions. Think of this log as a lab book in which
you record your steps and experiments. You will be graded on
completeness and conciseness of the Log Book; you will not be graded on
the specific decisions or decision processes, etc.
It is expected that over the course of the semester, everyone in the
class will give a presentation on something. Presentations
will be 10-15 minutes in length. The main presentations will be
the Project Plan, Requirements Specification, Architecture Design,
Implementation, and Integration. Other presentations will arise
as issues and problems reveal themselves as work progresses. The
goal of the presentation is to practice and demonstrate an ability to
communicate technical content to a given audience; in the future, you
will be making presentations to peers, managers, and customers.
You will be graded individually on your presentations based on
coherence, organization, coverage and conciseness.
You will create a series of standard documents as you develop this
project: Requirements Specification, Project Plan, Architecture Design,
Implementation, and Integration and Test Plan.
Team structure implementation