Research Topics in Software Engineering
Semester of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course covers advanced theoretical and technical issues of software engineering. It will focus on some selected topics, such as software requirements, software design, software construction,, software testing and management, software configuration management, software engineering management, software engineering process, software engineering tools and methods, and software quality. Each seminar is focused around one major topic.
The students shall acquire advanced theoretical knowledge and technical competences about the topics covered in the course as well as some research methods that are relevant for these topics. After the course the students shall be able to perform advanced research projects within related topics in software development and shall be able to take advantage of this knowledge in complex systems design, realization and evaluation.
Upon completion of the course the candidate should be able to
- discuss and explain central concepts and principles within selected software engineering topics.
- discuss current research within the selected software engineering topics.
- demonstrate how software engineering concepts and principles can be put into use in a concrete software project working in teams, as well as how software tools and techniques that are currently used within the field of study.
- identify relevant research literature for the selected software engineering topics
- select a sensible set of tools and techniques to start a software project that involves a group of people.
- work in a software development team of a realistic size using partly unfamiliar technology and tools and in using state-of-the-art technologies used in the IT industry today.
Required Previous Knowledge
Bachelor's degree in Information Science or equivalent.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
INFO231, INFO233 or similar.
Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching
Seminar, assignments and presentations.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Mandatory participation: Attendance at 80 % of course sessions is mandatory.
Forms of Assessment
- Group software project, portfolio assessment (30%):
- Development of the software (programming assignment).
- Presentation of progress and results in class during and after the development.
Assessment includes quality of the final software, as well as the development process, efforts, progress and learning of the groups.
- Group term paper related to the software project (20%).
- Oral exam, individual (50%).
Department of Information Science and Media Studies