OSD600 Course Outline

Course Code: OSD600
Course Name: Open Source Development
Offered Date: Winter - 2022 | 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 CPA program.
Prerequisite: JAC444 and INT322 or WEB322
Mode of Instruction: 2 hours interactive lecture per week.
2 hours activity-based learning per week.
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):
Reference Material:
A substantial and wide range of web-based reference material will be announced and used during the course.
Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the overall course
  •     Successfully complete all the assignments
  •     Pass the weighted average of the tests


Grading Policyhttp://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/grading-policy.html

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

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Quizzes and Tests 40%
Assignments 60%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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