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Software Engineering Journal

Issue 4 • Date Jul 1989

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  • An approach to software maintenance education

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 233 - 236
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    The majority of courses in software engineering concentrate on educating students in the methods applicable to the development stage of the software lifecycle. Software maintenance is recognised as the most expensive phase of the software lifecycle, and yet it receives very little attention from those involved in software engineering education. The paper describes a novel approach to software maintenance education which is being undertaken at the University of Durham View full abstract»

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  • A practical approach to hardware empathy for software engineering students

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 186 - 189
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    Students being trained specifically as software engineers require an abstract picture of hardware operation which is not only appropriate to programming, but which allows them to appreciate the relationship between hardware, software, and system performance. There are approaches to assembly language teaching that can fulfil the former requirement, but it is found that approaches to the latter normally involve more electronics understanding than is appropriate for software engineering students. The paper describes a course of practical work on which students can build an understanding of the relationship between hardware operation and both high- and low-level software, without knowledge of electronics. It is believed that this, complemented by suitable assembly language teaching, provides the students with a useful, valid, and reasonably general picture of the relationship between hardware and software View full abstract»

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  • Software engineering education for researchers

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 237 - 240
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    Reports on a software engineering course given under the auspices of an academic research project to its researchers. The value of such a course is noted, as is the lack of similar courses elsewhere. In the light of recent comments from university vice-chancellors and principals, as well as from government, more academic research projects should be running courses of the kind described View full abstract»

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  • The education programme of the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 176 - 185
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    The paper discusses the objectives and structure of the Software Engineering Institute's Education Programme, with particular emphasis upon those items associated with the Graduate Curriculum Project. It discusses the development and form of the products emerging from this project and examines the ways in which these are being used both in educational establishments, and also in the other projects of the Education Programme View full abstract»

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  • Experiences with group projects in software engineering

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 221 - 225
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    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 View full abstract»

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  • Software engineering training requirements in a professional services company

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 241 - 244
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    Characterises the nature of the business of a software engineering company such as Praxis, shows how this leads to a number of problems in the planning of training, describes how Praxis are solving these problems through, in particular, the adoption of the British Computer Society's Professional Development Scheme, and outlines how training and recruitment are related View full abstract»

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  • An individual assessment technique for group projects in software engineering

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 226 - 232
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    Presents the history behind organising and assessing group projects in software engineering at Teesside Polytechnic. The article describes why the initial plan in 1987-88 was seriously deficient in the objective assessment of many of the desirable attributes of a good software engineer. It reviews how the method of setting and monitoring goals was overhauled to create a cost-effective structured learning environment, and how the industrial audit and review procedure was modified to become a tool for individual assessment and performance/learning feedback. Details of the goals and their assessment are given View full abstract»

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  • ALSETT-towards an educational IPSE

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 203 - 207
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    Considers the use of software tools in higher education, with particular reference to those developed at Teeside Polytechnic. The experience of using these tools with a large number of undergraduates is presented, and an outline of the projected extension into a computer-aided learning system is given. The particular facilities that are important when moving towards an educational integrated project support environment (IPSE) are discussed View full abstract»

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  • BCS and IEE accreditation of software engineering courses

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 245 - 248
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    Both the British Computer Society and the Institution of Electrical Engineers regularly visit academic departments to accredit degree courses which include software engineering. In some cases, the two bodies have visited together. The paper outlines the purposes of accreditation and the criteria applied, and suggests ways in which the traditional expertise of the two chartered bodies may complement each other View full abstract»

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  • The System Cottage-a multidisciplinary engineering group practical

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 209 - 220
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    Industrial input led to this group project practical for computer science students at the University of Edinburgh. The project ties together many components of the computer science curriculum, and involves students who do joint degrees with other subjects, enabling them to use their speciality subject. It is argued that this form of practical enhances the education of software engineers beyond that which is normally found in programming practicals. The industrial input has been retained throughout the project, and industry continues to play a valuable role in this course. Sufficient detail is included to allow others to incorporate elements of this group project in their own courses View full abstract»

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  • Software engineering within the context of a computer science degree programme

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 200 - 202
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    Software engineering is not taught as a separate subject, but the theme runs throughout the three years of the computer science degree programme. The students start with an introduction to the software development lifecycle and project management through a small-group project in the second term of the first year, and by the end of their three years' study have gained understanding and insight into a variety of tools and methods View full abstract»

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  • Software engineering education in an electronic engineering degree

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 191 - 199
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    The evolution and current state of implementation of a thread of software engineering education which runs through an electronic engineering degree course is described. The major educational aims and objectives are provided and the pedagogic methods used are outlined. Successes and practical problems related to the running of the course are discussed with a view to helping others who may wish to run a similar course. The course is viewed as providing a worthwhile educational experience. However, its continuing development is seen as being under threat due to the resources required to run it View full abstract»

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