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Technical Report

Models for Undergraduate Project Courses in Software Engineering

  • August 1991
  • By Mary Shaw, James E. Tomayko
  • This 1991 report discusses 1) how software engineering course instructors balance technical and management topics and 2) the relation between the lecture and project components.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
    CMU/SEI Report Number: CMU/SEI-91-TR-010
  • Abstract

    The software engineering course provides undergraduates with an opportunity to learn something about real-world software development. Since software engineering is far from being a mature engineering discipline, it is not possible to define a completely satisfactory syllabus. Content with a sound basis is in short supply, and the material most often taught is at high risk of becoming obsolete within a few years. 

    Undergraduate software engineering courses are now offered in more than a hundred universities. Although three textbooks dominate the market, there is not yet consensus on the scope and form of the course. The two major decisions an instructor faces are the balance between technical and management topics and the relation between the lecture and project components. We discuss these two decisions, with support from sample syllabi and survey data on course offerings in the United States and Canada. We also offer some advice on the management of a project-oriented course.

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SEI

Shaw, Mary; & Tomayko, James. Models for Undergraduate Project Courses in Software Engineering. CMU/SEI-91-TR-010 . Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 1991. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11361

IEEE

Shaw. Mary, and Tomayko. James, "Models for Undergraduate Project Courses in Software Engineering," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-91-TR-010 , 1991. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11361

APA

Shaw, Mary., & Tomayko, James. (1991). Models for Undergraduate Project Courses in Software Engineering (CMU/SEI-91-TR-010 ). Retrieved March 29, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11361

CHI

Mary Shaw, & James Tomayko. Models for Undergraduate Project Courses in Software Engineering (CMU/SEI-91-TR-010 ). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1991. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11361

MLA

Shaw, Mary., & Tomayko, James. 1991. Models for Undergraduate Project Courses in Software Engineering (Technical Report CMU/SEI-91-TR-010 ). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11361

BibTex

@techreport{ShawModelsfor1991,
title={Models for Undergraduate Project Courses in Software Engineering},
author={Mary Shaw and James Tomayko},
year={1991},
number={CMU/SEI-91-TR-010 },
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=11361} }