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Fall 2011 Course


Prof. Ellen Zegura, School of Computer Science,, Klaus 3404

Prof. Jim Foley, School of Interactive Computing,, TSRB 355


The C4G lab is located on the 3rd floor of the Klaus building, near the School of Computer Science main office. All students will be given buzz card access to the lab during the fall term.


This class satisfies the senior capstone design requirement for the undergraduate BS in Computer Science and the BS in Computational Media. The class is also cross-listed as a graduate-level course open to students in any College of Computing graduate program. The learning objectives of the course are:

• To undertake a significant, semester-long design project working on a team and using state-of-the-art project management tools.

• To develop oral presentation skills.

• To develop a rudimentary understanding of a domain of social importance.

• To develop a rudimentary understanding of the key issues in humanitarian computing, including sustainability, resource availability (or lack thereof), novice user design, design for diverse user populations.

There is no text for this class.  You can find Readings and Resources here.

Class Schedule

The class schedule, including due dates for assignments, can be found here. Be especially mindful of the dates when we will meet as a class, since they are interleaved with periods of time where we will not meet as a class and instead you will meet with your teams and faculty advisor.


Students work on semester-long projects, in four-person teams.  Available projects are listed here.


Project requirements: (10%) – vision, readings, use cases

Project planning: (15%) – team contract, initial project backlog, Sprint 1,2,3 backlogs, status reports

Testing and Sustainability: (15%) – test plan, test report, sustainability plan

Presentations at end of each Sprint (20%)

Team and individual design (15%)

Customer deliverables: (15%) – designed with customer, grade assigned by customer

Class participation in discussions (10%)

Course Material – handouts, powerpoints, examples, contract here.

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