Delivering Software: From Concept to Client

COMPSCI 408.01

In this course, students designed software for real clients such as Duke Hospital and the NC Maritime Museum, and they developed programs including a CPR app and Tiny Tastes to encourage a healthy diet in sick children. In addition to learning new technical skills, students learn teamwork, social entrepreneurship and people skills to satisfy their clients.

Course Overview:

In this course, you will gain experience with the entire program development project cycle, from initial conception through user acceptance. You will be exposed to a broad perspective of issues related to the management of technology including feasibility assessment, project planning, project implementation, performance testing, documentation, marketing, and roll-out. This course will include many guest lectures from industry partners to provide contact with people actually involved in delivering software.

You will work in teams on a large software project that has an actual customer who expects to use the software after the course ends. Through these activities, you will gain program development skills that parallel real-world processes. Project ideas will be solicited from local clients that can be on-site to work with you and that tend towards non-traditional platforms or user interfaces. You will make a public presentation of the project results at the conclusion of the course. 

The goal of this course is to expose students to a realistic model for the effective design and construction of software programs, and provide a useful experience in technology development. As such, students must have completed at least CompSci 308 or equivalent.

Watch the video below to hear about some of the projects that have been developed and the clients who are using them. Students end up gaining experience working with a non-profit and have an actual product to show for it.


More about the instructors:

Read more about Professor Duvall here.




Delivering Software: From Concept to Client

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