CSDS 293 Information Sheet
Update November 12, 2022
I plan on opening more discussion sections soon, but
I do not have a day and time yet.
This document is a quick summary of frequently provided answers on
CSDS 293 Software Crafstmanship.
The document will be updated regularly as new questions are being
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Students are expected to sign up for the lecture and for one
Discussion sections will be continuously added in the next few weeks.
The schedule of additional sections is unknown at this time.
There will be both Java and non-Java sections, although the list
of non-Java languages is unknown at this time.
If you cannot find an open section now, you should keep checking SIS
for new sections to be added.
The intent is to accomodate all CSDS 293 students
(however, it is unclear whether CSDS 293N students will be able to
sign up for the course).
The discussion can be taken either in person or completely online
at the student's discretion.
the sections on Thursday, 10am and Friday, 3:20pm are offered online only.)
The teaching staff does hope that most students will be attending in person
but recognizes that each student is the best judge of
his or her current situation, and the choice is left to the individual.
In a discussion section, you will be reviewing your weekly project
in collaboration with other students and with a discussion leader.
The benefits of CSDS 293 hinge upon receiving high-quality feedback
on your software development practices. In turn, this means that
you should have enough time to present your weekly project,
and that the discussion leader is an exceptionally qualified
Weekly Presentation and Enrollment Limits
A discussion session should have enough time for you to present the
weekly project and receive feedback from the discussion leader and
the other students in the course. As a result, the enrollment
in each section is capped, and no permission will be granted.
It is often the case that seats are available in the lecture but not in
the discussion section. In these cases, permissions will not be granted
since the lecture has no inherent enrollment limit, whereas
the discussion limit must be enforced.
The discussion leader is an exceptionally talented software developer,
and someone who has previously taken the course.
The objective is to make sure that students will be able to improve
as much as possible their software development and get the most
appropriate feedback on their projects.
The search for highly qualified discussion leaders is always a work-in-progress,
and new sections will be added as new leaders are recruited.
The majority of sections are in Java, but some sections are reserved
for other programming languages.
You can find the programming language used in a particular section
on SIS by clicking on the section and scrolling down to the class notes.
Non-Java sections require instructor consent.
If you choose a non-Java section, you need to be fluent in that language
before the course starts since you will have no time to learn it during the semester.
The course focuses on software craftsmanship and not on instruction
on specific programming languages.
If you wish to enroll in a non-Java section,
as you apply for instructor consent, you should also cover your degree
of proficiency in that language.
The pre-requisites for CSDS 293 are Computer Science major and
EECS 233 Data Structures with a C or higher.
The pre-requisites for CSDS 293N are the same except that the class
is open to non-CS majors. Pre-requisites will not be waived.
Additionally, CS majors should sign up for CSDS 293 only,
and requests to enroll in CSDS 293N will be denied.
- Quizzes (25%). About 12 short quizzes at the beginning of lectures.
Each quiz covers the topics of the previous lecture and of additional
- Assignments (75%). Weekly programming assignments, graded by your discussion leader.
Most students spend 3-8 hours on the weekly assignments, depending on difficulty and skill.
Online copies of the book are generally available through the library.
Therefore, there is not a strong need to buy the book.
However, if you own a physical or digital copy of the book, you would be independent of
the checkout limits imposed by the OhioLink.
Additionally, many course alumni have used their copy of the book for
reference on software development after the course.
Last updated: 05/01/2020 13:38:05
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