Intro to FOSS, RPI, Turner

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Course CSCI-4961 Introduction to Open Source
Institution Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Instructor(s) Wesley D. Turner
Term Summer Semester 2018
Course Overview Goals: Familiarize with open source software development, be familiar and eager to learn new technology stacks, Reading and Understanding Good Code. Patch an existing open source project. Work on a team collaborative project. Become aware of/conversant in team project and diversity issues. Prepare a new RCOS project for the following semester.

The goal of this course is to provide a strong foundation in open source software development in preparation for jobs in industry or for more advanced courses.

Course Length summer semester
Student Characteristics typical class size, student background, etc
Infrastructure classroom, technology, support, textbooks, course paths, etc.

Learning Objectives

  • objectives & prerequisites should be active, student-centered, specific, and measurable
    • the student will be able to...
  • for the entire course, and/or for FOSS-specific parts of the course
  • might include content & process skills
  • might consider all levels of Bloom's taxonomy
  • Understand of Open Source Software Tools and Community
  • Understand of Open Source Licensing.
  • Understand of Testing, Version Control.
  • Understand of Open Source Software Stack.

Assessment Methods

  • what will students do in this course, and how will it be evaluated
    • Exams, assignments, projects, etc.
  • should be tied to learning objectives
  • 2 Quizzes (10 points each) - 20%
  • Open Source Project Analysis - 10%
  • 10 Labs (3 points each) - 30%
  • Project - 40%

Course Outline

  • major topics, events, milestones
  • learning activities that can be adopted or adapted
  • new learning activities that should or could be developed
  • include links to foss2serve Learning Activities where appropriate
  • reading assignments and supporting materials
  • or link to course website


Notes to Instructor

  • Tips, suggestions, lessons learned (warnings)...

Moving Forward

  • what next steps are desirable or possible for this course

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