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Georgia Institute of Technology

Software Development Process

Georgia Institute of Technology via Udacity


This class is offered as CS6300 at Georgia Tech where it is a part of the Online Masters Degree (OMS). Taking this course here will not earn credit towards the OMS degree.

In SDP, you will learn how to select and implement the ideal software process for your development project. Through Professor Orso's engaging examples and interviews with industry insiders, you will learn both conceptual and practical aspects of software engineering. The course covers requirements engineering, architecture and design, testing and maintenance, and software quality in general.

The goal of this class is to equip you with the skills necessary to define requirements, set up an integrated development environment (IDE), learn Git (and Github!) and use Unified Modeling Language (UML) to design and build an Android application. We will also examine several testing practices and refactoring techniques that are helpful before the launch of your software project.

While everyone working with software should have these skills, they are particularly important for Software Engineers and Engineering Managers.


  • Introduction and Overview
    • Importance of Software Engineering,Discipline of Software Engineering,The Software Crisis,Software Phases
  • Life Cycle Models
    • Introduction with Barry Bohem,Requirements Engineering,Design,Maintenance,Software Process Model Introduction,Waterfall Process,Spiral Process,Evolutionary Prototyping Process,Rational Unified Process,Agile Process,Choosing a Model,Lifecycle Documents
  • Integrated Development Environment
    • Eclipse Introduction,IDE Overview,Plug-Ins,Eclipse Demo: Create Java Project,Eclipse Demo: Create a Class,Eclipse Demo: Run Configuration,Eclipse Demo: Debugging
  • Version Control Systems
    • Interview with John Britton,Version Control System Introduction,Two Main Types of VCS,Introduction to Git,Git Workflow,Git Demo: Intro to Git,Git Demo: Git + Eclipse,Git Demo: Github,Git Recap: Local Repositories,Git Recap: Remote Repositories
  • Requirements Engineering
    • Interview with Jane Cleland-Huang,General RE Definition,Software Intensive Systems,Functional and Nonfunctional Requirements,User and System Requirements,Modeling Requirements,Analyzing Requirements,Requirements Prioritization,Requirements Engineering Process
  • OO Software and UML
    • Object Orientation Introduction,UML Structural Diagrams: Class Diagrams,Class Diagram: Creation Tips,UML Structural Diagrams: Component Diagram,UML Structural Diagram: Deployment Diagram,UML Behavioral Diagram: Use Case,Use Case Diagram: Creation Tips,UML Behavioral Diagrams: Sequence,UML Behavioral Diagrams: State Transition Diagram
  • Software Architecture
    • Interview with Nenad Medvidovic,What is Software Architecture?,Prescriptive vs. Descriptive Architecture,Architectural Evolution,Architectural Degradation,Architectural Recovery,Architectural Elements,Components, Connectors, and Configuration,Deployment Architectural Perspective
  • A Tale of Analysis and Design
    • Analyzing Requirements,Refining Classes and Attributes,Adding Attributes,Identifying Operations,Refining the Class Diagram
  • Design Patterns
    • Patterns Catalogue,Pattern Format,Factory Method Pattern,Strategy Pattern,Choosing a Pattern,Negative Design Patterns
  • Unified Software Process
    • Use-Case Driven,Inception Phase,Elaboration Phase,Construction Phase,Transition Phase,Phases and Iterations
  • General Concepts
    • Failure, Fault and Error,Verification Approaches,Pros and Cons of Approaches,Testing Introduction,Testing Granularity Levels,Alpha and Beta Testing,Black and White Box Testing Introduction
  • Black-Box Testing
    • Systematic Functional Testing Approach,Test Data Selection,Category Partition Method,Produce and Evaluate Test Case Specifications,Generate Test Cases from Test Case Specifications,Model Based Testing,Finite State Machines
  • White-Box Testing
    • Coverage Criteria Intro,Statement Coverage,Control Flow Graphs,Test Criteria Subsumption,MC/DC Coverage
  • Agile Development Methods
    • Cost of Change,Agile Software Development,Extreme Programming (XP),XP’s Values and Principles,Test First Development,Refactoring,Pair Programming,Continuous Integration,Testing Strategy,High Level Scrum Process
  • Software Refactoring
    • Reasons to Refactor,Refactoring Demo,Refactoring Risks,Cost of Refactoring,When Not to Refactor

Taught by

Alex Orso


3.6 rating, based on 5 Class Central reviews

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  • Truly brilliant! A very enjoyable and useful course! The explanations are crystal clear and taught in a very engaging manner. This course is peculiar in the sense that it does not propose much practice, except for simple quizzes that are imbedded…
  • Anonymous
    It's unclear when you take this course and kind of funny. It tells you what is this vs that? Not actually teach you software engineering or development.
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