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Online · School of Business · Computational Sciences

Software Development Management

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course will cover some of the challenges associated with software development management and is intended to serve as a guide to students maturing engineering discipline. Software succeeds when it meets the needs of the people who use it, performs flawlessly over a long period, it is easy to modify, and changes things for the better. Therefore, students will explore software development from a managerial perspective by learning the software process models, modeling, quality management, and managing software projects. This course teaches students how to build better software based on discipline and modern methods, which is acquired through an engineering approach. Discussion of advanced topics such as software process improvement and future software engineering trends will be addressed.



CSIS 505


Software engineering is fundamental to IT value within any large enterprise. The measurement of this value can be found in the concepts and methods used to develop and deploy the correct application or system in a cost-effective form and timely manner. Once supported by well-documented procedures and validated techniques, the enterprise can leverage not only the skill set of its developers but the corporate strategic plan as well. A successful enterprise makes well-informed decisions about these software engineering processes through modeling, advanced development philosophies, and quality assurance.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the relevance of course material and the use of software development management to a biblical worldview. (PLO-1)
  2. Summarize the software process through prescriptive and agile process models. (PLO-2)
  3. Develop UML-based modeling using modern analysis and design methods. (PLO-3)
  4. Explain quality management by addressing all aspects of software testing and quality assurance, formal verification techniques, and change management. (PLO-3)

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Pressman, R., & Maxim, B. (2015). Software engineering: A practitioner’s approach (8th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9780078022128.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource Purchase

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words.

Lab Assignments (3)

The student will complete lab assignments that involve different phases of the software development life cycle. Each assignment builds upon the previous assignment. This will enable the student to encounter the multiple challenges inherent in developing and integrating applications software within the modern enterprise.

Comprehensive Lab Assignment

The student will complete a lab assignment that encompasses the different themes taught in the course. For written portions of the assignment, current APA format must be used.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-note, contain 3 short answer and 17 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (4 at 50 pts ea)


Lab Assignments (3 at 100 pts ea)


Comprehensive Lab Assignment


Quizzes (4 at 75 pts ea)

(Modules 1, 3, 5, 7)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


CSIS 641

Textbook: Pressman & Maxim, Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach (2015).


Reading & Study




Pressman & Maxim: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Quiz 1






Pressman & Maxim: chs. 3–5

1 presentation

Lab Assignment 1



Pressman & Maxim: chs. 6–7

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Quiz 2




Pressman & Maxim: chs. 8–11

Lab Assignment 2



Pressman & Maxim: chs. 12, 19–20

DB Forum 3

Quiz 3




Pressman & Maxim: chs. 21–22

1 presentation

Lab Assignment 3



Pressman & Maxim: chs. 31–34

DB Forum 4

Quiz 4




Pressman & Maxim: chs. 35–36

1 website

Comprehensive Lab Assignment




DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Modules/Weeks 1-7 begin on Monday and end at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. Module/Week 8 begins on Monday and ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.