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Course Details

Course Code: ENTD411 Course ID: 3348 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course covers issues of software project development from the perspective of a manager and of an application developer: from conception, to prototyping, to interfacing with analysts, supervisors/team leaders and management, through to product testing, release, and maintenance. Also covered are issues related to revision control, coding under stress, and strategies for dealing with budget and schedule overruns. Particular attention is given to strategies for maintaining code quality, programmer productivity, and coding and design standards under budget, staffing, and time constraints. Lateral versatility of the developer within project roles across a project's life span (such as often occurs in small software companies) is emphasized.(Prerequisite: ENTD200)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of a software project manager
  • Outline the process of initiating a project and risk analysis
  • Analyze different estimation techniques and contracting
  • Explain project management processes in application development
  • Describe the phases of the software development life-cycle
  • Apply best practices for quality assurance of a software development project
  • Analyze techniques for managing people during application development
  • Apply software project management techniques

Students are expected to maintain routine contact with the instructor throughout the course. While the number of contacts may vary according to the specific course and individual student need, the University requires periodic weekly contacts during the semester. Contact will consist of professor notes, forum interaction, and email feedback. The method of discussion will be on-line related to issues concerning forum assignments, lesson assignments, and the final project.

The main book for the course, Beginning Programming for Dummies, will be used for textbook readings. Review the table at the end of the syllabus to see assigned readings for each week.


The Forum assignments for this course are designed to promote interactivity among students and enhance the online learning process. The Forum provides maximum flexibility because you do not have to be online at the same time as another person and you can read what other students have written.

Forum Timing: For the forum, you must post your work by midnight on Thursday, continue to follow your classmates' posts for the remainder of the week, and post the follow-up peer responses prior to midnight on Sunday, except for week one. Your follow-up posts can add additional insight to a classmate's opinions or can challenge their opinions. Use examples from the readings, or from your own research, to support your views, as appropriate. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification. You are encouraged to conduct research and use other sources to support your answers.

Required Participation: Please keep in mind that the forum assignments require you to make at least 1 post to the forum with at least 250 words about the topic and also respond to at least 2 peers’ posts with at least 150 words. Please be advised that there will be point deductions if you do not comply with these requirements of the assignment. Each one of you will have a different and unique experience that we can all learn from. Your participation in the Forums unleashes the power of synergy in our classroom. To facilitate this interaction, please be prompt when posting your forum work for each week; this provides time for the others to actively engage in the dialogue. For practical reasons, when you respond to other learners’ posts, please start your response by referencing their name. I will read and grade your participation by reading the forum. There is no need to also post your forum work in the assignments area of the classroom. Refer to the forum and the syllabus for more details on grading.


There will be weekly assignments for this course to reinforce your reading and learning. Students will use Python 3.x to practice programming concepts. Complete the weekly exercises required as stated in the Assignments area; then submit your work in the assignments area of the classroom as required.

FINAL GRADE IS BASED UPON: All work will be graded on a 100-point raw score basis. There are a total of 100 weighted points for this course broken down as follows:

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Assignments 40.00 %
Week 1 Assignment 5.71 %
Week 2 Assignment 5.71 %
Week 3 Assignment 5.71 %
Week 4 Assignment 5.71 %
Week 5 Assignment 5.71 %
Week 6 Assignment 5.71 %
Week 7 Assignment 5.71 %
Final Assignment 20.00 %
Final Assignment 20.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
Week 6 Forum 0.00 %
Week 7 Forum 0.00 %
Week 8 Forum 0.00 %
Week 2 Forum 0.00 %
Week 4 Forum 0.00 %
Week 5 Forum 0.00 %

Book Title: On Time Within Budget: Software Project Management Practices and Techniques, 3rd ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.
Author: Bennatan, E.M.
Publication Info: Wiley Lib
ISBN: 9780471376446

Book Title: Software Project Management: A Process-Driven Approach - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author: Ahmed, Ashfaque
Publication Info: Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN: 9781439846551

Book Title:Software Project Management: A Process-Driven Approach - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author:Ahmed, Ashfaque
Unit Cost:$81.96
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.