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This is the syllabus of the Software Engineering course.

Description

Software engineering is a very broad field. It encompase virtual everything a person might want to know in order to develop software - software that is correct, on time, and on budget. Most other computer science courses emphasize the technical foundations of software development, such as programming, algorithms, data structures, languages, etc.

This course focusses on the pragmatic aspects, such as requirements analysis, cost estimation, design, team organization, quality control, configuration management, verification, testing, and maintenance. Students work in teams on projects for real clients. This work includes a feasibility study, requirements analysis, object-oriented design, implementation, testing, and delivery to the client. Additional topics covered in lectures include professionalism, project management, and the legal framework for software development.

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Course objectives

Theory, the students have

  • got an overview of software engineering,
  • got a survey of the history, ethics and risks of software engineering,
  • understood various approaches and methodologies used in different phases of software development lifecycle, including requirements analysis and pecification, software design, software construction, software maintenance, and software process.

Practice

  • students will execute a real software engineering project,
  • students can apply that knowledge in their future research and practice.

Prerequisites

The formal prerequisites for this course are Programming Languages (C/C++, Perl, Java, .Net,…), Data Structures and Algorithms, and Database Management Systems.

The following are the specific capabilities you will need from the prerequisite courses:

  • experience with the software development process
  • skill in independent programming and problem solving
  • skill using an object oriented language
  • mathematical maturity, including at least:
    • methods of proof: induction, cases
    • elementary formal logic: working with formulae using logical connectives, quantifiers, modus ponens, implication, satisfaction
  • finite state machines: state diagrams, state tables, reachability
  • formal languages: BNF, regular expressions

Organization

Class sessions will be a combination of lecture and seminar formats. We'll cover the course's primary topics in these sessions, with reading and homework assigments that provide opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying issues and techniques of software engineering. Actual labs and software development projects will provide a hands-on approach to exploring these topics throughout the semester. Given that this is a 3 credit course, it is expected that you will spend an average of 10 hours per week (including in-class and lab time) on the course and related material for the duration of the semester.

Readings

Here are some general books on software engineering:

  • Sommerville, Ian, Software Engineering, Eighth Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2007.
  • Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., The Mythical Man Month, Addison-Wesley, 1972.
  • Pfleeger, Shari Lawrence, Software Engineering Theory and Practice, second edition, Prentice- Hall 2001.
  • Bernd Bruegge and Allen H. Dutoit, Object-Oriented Software Engineering Using UML, Patterns and Java, Second Edition, Prentice Hall, 2004.

Grading plan

Since software engineering is a broad subject matter, mastery of the topic as covered by the scope of our course can be manifested in a variety of ways. Your grade in the course will be based on your achievement of the course objectives as demonstrated in your homework assigments, programming deliveries, and participation in class discussions.

Course component grading weight :

  • Exercises: 40%
  • Group Software Project: 50%
  • Participation: 10%

Schedule

Week/Session Topic Reading
Week 1 Introduction Software Engineering; Ian Sommerville; Eighth Edition; Chapters 1, 2, 3. The Mythical Man Month; Frederick P. Brooks
Week 2 Software development process Software Engineering; Ian Sommerville; Eighth Edition; Chapters 4
Week 3 Requirements analysis Software Engineering; Ian Sommerville; Eighth Edition; Chapter 6
Week 4 Discussion on assignment #1
Week 5 Software Design Software Engineering; Ian Sommerville; Eighth Edition; Chapters 11, 14. Object-Oriented Software Engineering Using UML; Bernd Bruegge and Allen H. Dutoit
Week 6 Software construction Software Engineering; Ian Sommerville; Eighth Edition; Chapters 17, 18
Week 7 Software Testing Software Engineering; Ian Sommerville; Eighth Edition; Chapter 23
Week 8 Discussion on assignment #2
Week 9 Software Maintenance Software Engineering; Ian Sommerville; Eighth Edition; Chapter 21
Week 10 Software configuration management Software Engineering; Ian Sommerville; Eighth Edition; Chapter 29
Week 11 Discussion on assignment #3
Week 12 Software quality management Software Engineering; Ian Sommerville; Eighth Edition; Chapters 27, 28
Week 13 Software engineering management Software Engineering; Ian Sommerville; Eighth Edition; Chapters 14, 15, 16. Software Engineering Theory and PracticePfleeger; Shari Lawrence
Week 14 Assignment #4
Week 15 Summary of principles of instruction, learning and project Course evaluation

Suggestions for success

  • Make sure you know what you want to get out of the course before you get very far into it; there are lots of directions to go in, and having a focus will help to inspire you
  • Update your journal often; use it as a tool to develop / explore ideas and track your progress
  • Remember that the larger software development project is something to be considered throughout the semester; don't wait until the end!
  • Raise concerns early; if an assignment or milestone doesn't seem feasible, say so as soon as you can
  • "Work hard, learn lots, stay excited, and have fun." --Ray Ontko

Questions & Answers

How do we create a software
Florence Reply
give a more direct question
Louis Reply
what r the computer codes
Kawuba Reply
what is software
Manobendra Reply
how can I create a software
Mary Reply
how to trubulshoot is configuration ?
priya Reply
explain coco model
dawood Reply
What is a client engineer
buthayna Reply
A Customer Engineer (CE) is a worker whose primary job scope is to provide a service to customers who have signed a contract with the company.
Fokuo
Thank you
buthayna
Hi
ahly
hello,how are you doing?
Fokuo
nothing
Hemant
it's a pleasure meeting you.
Fokuo
tq
Hemant
Nice to meet you too
Hemant
good night
Hemant
hi in here
Asongafac
hello
Eric
please I want to more about this group
Asongafac
pravinkumar
pravin
hello
pravin
I want to create software
Michael
how can i ave install usb drive but get it not connecting phone
Micheal Reply
hmm
abang
may be it has a problem
abang
maybe u should change usb drive
gabriel
what is 404 error
Hemant Reply
tell me answers
Hemant
different cmmi level
Sahil Reply
Please I need a teacher
shittu
wht teacher u need?
HANAN
hi
RITESH
is software
RITESH
hello
sarbajeet
good morning all
Hemant
heyy
Ultimate
hi hi
HANAN
hehahahahahha
amjad
what is cmmi
Mulukutla Reply
what are the benefits of been a software engineer
Amissah
hi
Sunday
gud morning oo
Sunday
kk
Sunday
the benefits are life changing
Louis
can have your own ai
Louis
an ai system
Louis
is studying software engineer needs to be math expertise?
Carmela
depends on what your doing
Louis
grasp the whole field by being a problem solver
Louis
mathematics is the language of computing
Louis
but also its the language of the universe
Louis
before you start typing code please plan on pen and paper first with a goal in mind.
Louis
Thank you !!
Carmela
Are you a software engineer already?
Carmela
mathematics is not compulsory for coding
Nadday
just needed basic Nexus calculations
Nadday
what programming language ?
Louis
@Carnela Villegas : Your welcome
Louis
engineering in process student of software engineering
Nadday
@Naddy Naddy: What programming language are you using if i may ask ?
Louis
couple of languages are there not bounded specifically to single one
Nadday
python, Java, Java script, php, swift, go, c# and many more are trending in
Nadday
Java is now superseding his popularity but still the one of the most used coding language
Nadday
I want to be a software engineer too ...
Carmela
best of luck
Nadday
python is now
Louis
python is used by nasa and for data science aswell for live coding and hacking
Louis
it is the fastest growing language to date
Louis
but being efficient at math is a general stand point if your not language specific
Louis
but c++ can't be beat
Louis
especially with the new c++20 coming
Louis
swift for apple
Louis
swift is made by c code
Louis
c++ is > c
Louis
yes pathon is invented in 1991 by guido van rusom it's popular now a days but it's literally used now as much a Java and Java script php but still most popular python
Nadday
c made java
Louis
java is still convenient though
Louis
c made by bell laboratories one of the basic coding languages
Nadday
windows also used it
Nadday
it just depends on what goal you have in mind to you have in mind to use programming language as a conversion
Louis
mathematics > any programming language
Louis
😊
Louis
sorry I've accidentally placed a question mark lol
Louis
😂
Louis
sorry I couldn't get your point
Nadday
no i was saying my device placed 2 question marks accidentally
Louis
but your very intelligent aswell my friend where do you stay if i may ask @Naddy Naddy ?
Louis
I am from Pakistan
Nadday
awesome im from united states my friend nice to meet you lol
Louis
thank you same here
Nadday
😇
Louis
I am doing coding for the elimination of the cyber crimes and strengthen the cyber security
Nadday
Thats awesome im a defcon spy
Louis
white hat
Louis
im a good guy 😊
Louis
nice to hear
Nadday
coding phenomena practice practice and practice
Nadday
yeah same
Louis
thanks. good to know - ' practice practice and practice!'
oh yeah guys alien being exist other than us
Louis
👽
Louis
I like to be software engineer
Toheeb
what is the leading programming language in the world?
HANAN
I have mentioned the names above
Nadday
@HANAN
Louis
ahh ok i will check @Nadday Nadday
HANAN
java ri8 🤞 @Nadday Nadday
HANAN
yes Java is also but not we could limitize the premises
Nadday
there are many others also
Nadday
i mean i ask the best top 1 ..which language is that @Nadday Nadday
HANAN
@HANAN THE PROGRAMMER IS THE LEADING PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE OF THE WORLD IG YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN
Louis
@HANAN whatever language your most comfortable with
Louis
ohhh thank u @Louis johnson
HANAN
i love to be a software engineer but i dont know how to learn😔
HANAN
go for formal education
Nadday
now i m doing Advance level + HND in Computing and System Develipment... this time i have to finish my assignment but still i didn't finish ... i like to be a software engineer ....but i don't know how to
HANAN
your previous education level @hanan?
Nadday
@HANAN as an advanced human just build your own learning strategy in which is the best way anyway through trial and error or books self learn teach output to others who are willing to learn from ground up from the organization you've built and spread
Louis
@louis johnson ok i will try😊👍...anyway thank u soo much guys @Nadday and @louis
HANAN
@HANAN any errors that need to be fixed just fix along the way in future from your atomic learning process
Louis
learn the difference in micro and macro put it to use as a handle in real reality objective analysis
Louis
thank u soo much bro @louis ...are u a software engineer?
HANAN
your major sujects in hnd
Nadday
I'm a Human lol
Louis
make your basic concepts through c and C ++
Nadday
but yes im a core engineer
Louis
you can say Engineering scientist
Louis
it is the sole centre and Nexus of coding
Nadday
hi
Md
heyy
Ultimate
hi guys
mubarek
hi
Louis
how to start making a software?
Jerry Reply
books or teacher
Louis
both of
Hemant
both
ben
i prefer books and a reference teacher on side im self taught self learn everything
Louis
time is your best friend
Louis
I want learn more as well
Ogunrinde
well honestly it would be too large to explain everything in chat but, pick the programming language of choice your most comfortable with, learn that language, make it yours, use it as a primary language to learn in parallel any other language of object oriented programming,
Louis
also it wouldn't hurt to have a basic background in math
Louis
but be a scientist behind the machine(Computer)
Louis
have math be your way of translation of human to computer interaction because you can solve any problem in the universe with mathematics
Louis
good to know discrete topics embedded systems, electrical engineering
Louis
doesn't hurt to have a buddy to team up on project while your asleep to keep progressing
Louis
(Important!..) have real data to work on, the reason is because there have to be some goal to be achieved at some point.
Louis
Be alittle greedy to learn any and all about any language you use.
Louis
Another important thing is not to rush through learning
Louis
once you learn a concept try teaching the concept to someone else who is as interested as you are, that way. the concept will be stuck concretely in your mind.
Louis
slow but sure please guys.education is not like food.
Emmanuel
if you like graphics and games you can use a language that have graphics libraries such as C++, Python, or Java as an example
Louis
who can tell Why software is more important in computer science
Emmanuel
don't just learn alittle want the whole thing and want to know everything at your finger tips
Louis
grasp
Louis
because the hardware and software is useful depends on how useful your goal is
Louis
graphics is not about database management system.c++ is about programming.
Emmanuel
be an android who's drug is "addicted to information" related to the field.
Louis
and in need of the most complex algorithm update
Louis
learn console applications
Louis
how does your languge relate to databases
Louis
and web programming
Louis
i know just throwing some things your way to open mind
Louis
im certi at c++
Louis
it is a general programming language used to build many infrastructure
Louis
including database web and many other soft ware frameworks
Louis
excellent
Ogunrinde
Thanks
Louis
Suppose we are faced with developing a system that we expect to have 100000LOC. Compute the effort and the effort development time for each of the three development modes i.e. Organic, semi - detached and embedded .
yukta Reply
c++ or python or java
Louis
Discuss multi threading as used in windows, Linux and Unix
James Reply

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