This page focuses on the course 1.264J Database, Internet, and Systems Integration Technologies as it was taught by Dr. George Kocur in Fall 2013.
The course focuses on defining an engineering and business software system, producing a working version quickly, managing the overall process, and becoming very familiar with database and Web technologies that are central to current software systems. The course has no programming, except that students write database queries in SQL; the system is built using a set of tools that do not require software coding.
The goal is for students to learn to design, implement and manage engineering and business software systems. It’s an engineering course, and students build a system during the term. As part of the course, students learn about project management, software modeling (UML), databases, the Internet and Web, security, and data communications.
The enrollment in this course in Fall 2013 was 67. The average enrollment is 54.
The students are first-year master’s degree students in non-computer science majors.
Most students are in master’s programs for transportation engineering or logistics/supply chain, but there are also students from several other engineering backgrounds.
About half of the students have a few years of work experience, and about half of the students come directly from an undergraduate program. They typically have limited experience with software and systems.
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
Assignments were due during nearly every class session. For a detailed list of assignment deadlines, see the course calendar.