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Experiences with group projects in software engineering

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1 Author(s)
King, P.J.B. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Heriot-Watt Univ., Edinburgh, UK

Computer science graduates are often accused of having no experience of the real-world problems of large software systems. In general, the practical work is said to be too small scale, and too individually oriented. The paper describes the introduction of a major group project into the degree syllabus at Heriot-Watt University. The project is designed to give the students experience of the problems involved in writing multi-author software and meeting strict deadlines. The choice of topics, supervision and management aspects are all covered. The problems of assessment are described

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Software Engineering Journal  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 4 )