OSD700 - Open Source Development Project

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Subject Title
Open Source Development Project

Subject Description
This course builds on the skills and knowledge developed in OSD600 by having the student take a partially developed open source project to completion. The student must have an open source project in progress, along with a faculty mentor and coordinator approval, in order to enroll. The student will learn what is necessary to take a working program and polish, refactor, and improve it on the way to making 1.0 product release.

Credit Status
1 credit in the CPA program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  •     Work on a real world software project
  •     Complete an existing alpha stage project and release a piece of production quality software
  •     Solve implementation problems by working with existing open source technical documentation and existing code
  •     Work in a self-directed manner to plan and complete a major open source programming project
  •     Create and post project planning and implementation information using on-line communication tools, for example: blogs, wikis
  •     Develop and release software on a regular schedule
  •     Use feedback gathered from school and community members to improve software
  •     Create appropriate technical and introductory documentation for a software product
  •     Devise and implement a QA and testing strategy in order to insure the quality of the software being produced
  •     Apply the concepts, techniques and principles acquired in previous programming and open source courses to the programming of a open source project
  •     Work within a community open source context, which means leveraging globally distributed tools and communication practices in order to include feedback in the development process
  •     Participate in regular group meetings to review progress on the project
  •     Create and give project demos, showing how the software works and where it is going in future releases

Essential 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.

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