DPS909 Course Outline

Course Code: DPS909
Course Name: Topics in Open Source Development
Offered Date: Fall - 2017 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This course introduces students to the technological, social, and pragmatic aspects of developing open source software through direct involvement in a real open source project/projects. Students will learn to use the tools, techniques, and strategies of OS developers. This is a project-based programming course. The particular open source project(s) to be studied will vary with each offering and be announced at the beginning of the semester.
Credit Status: 1 credit in the BSD program.
Prerequisite: BTP400 AND BTI320
Mode of Instruction: Two hours interactive lecture per week, and two hours activity-based learning per week (four hours total)
Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss the issues and currents in open source and open source development
  • Describe the history and philosophy of an open source project (or projects)
  • Choose between the various open source licenses understanding the implications for users, developers, and the software community in general
  • Use the communication modes particular to the open source world through participation in such things as mailing lists, IRC, wikis, etc.
  • Use the tools of open source development particular to the OS project being studied. For example: distributed revision control; documentation tools; automated build and test systems; debuggers; source code utilities; tracking systems; on-line resources, etc.
  • Work with pre-existing large source code base
  • Write software that integrates with the existing OS project
Employability Skills:
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|Execute mathematical operations accurately.|Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.|Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Topic Outline:
The topic outline will vary with each offering and be announced at the start of the course.
Prescribed Text(s):
  • Eclipse Web Tools Platform: Developing Java Web Applications by Dai, Mandel, Ryman; ISBN 0-321-39685-5 published by Addison-Wesley
Reference Material:
  • None
  • None
Promotion Policy:
  • Pass the weighted average of all assessments
  • Pass the weighted average of the exam and the tests
  • Pass the final exam
  • Successfully complete all of the assignments and exercises. Submissions that do not meet specifications will be returned to the student for revision and resubmission.
  • Successfully complete all the assignments
Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Major Programming Project 60%
Programming contributions to community projects 20%
Project Documentation (in multiple formats) 20%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
Cheating and Plagiarism:
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Accomodation for Students with Disabilities
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