MPCS 51220 Applied Software Engineering (Spring 2023)

Section 1
Instructor(s) Vassilatos, Peter (pete)
Location Ryerson 277
Meeting Times Thursday 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Fulfills Elective Specialization - Software Engineering (SE-2)


In this course, we will explore practical techniques to solving modern software challenges.

There's some flexibility in the syllabus, but planned topics include:

  • Code quality

  • Managing complexity

  • Test-driven development

  • Domain-driven design

  • Architectural design patterns

  • Source control techniques for small teams with Git

  • Security and cryptography essentials

  • Continuous integration & deployment

  • APIs and API management


Course work and Grading

  • 30% --  Individual homework 

  • 40% -- Group homework/project

  • 15% -- Course engagement 

  • 15% -- Exams (midterm, final)


Required Textbooks

To be announced.

Course Prerequisites

Core Programming

Other Prerequisites

This course requires competency in Unix and Linux. If you attended the MPCS Unix Bootcamp you covered the required material. If you did not, please review the UChicago CS Student Resource Guide here:

Overlapping Classes

This class is scheduled at a time that conflicts with these other classes:

  • MPCS 51045-1 -- Advanced C++
  • MPCS 55005-1 -- Advanced Algorithms
  • MPCS 53001-1 -- Databases
  • MPCS 52011-1 -- Introduction to Computer Systems

Eligible Programs

Masters Program in Computer Science MS in Computational Analysis in Public Policy (Year 2) MS in Molecular Engineering MA in Computational Social Science (Year 2) Bx/MS in Computer Science (Option 1: Research-Oriented) Bx/MS in Computer Science (Option 2: Professionally-oriented - CS Majors) Bx/MS in Computer Science (Option 3: Profesionally-oriented - Non-CS Majors)