A Project Oriented Course on Software Engineering

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Department of Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University


An undergraduate course in Software Engineering has been offered at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse for the past three years. The intent of the course is to present a broad overview of most of the areas of Software Engineering. Most Software Engineering courses offered will also cover the general aspects of Software Engineering. However, UW-LaCrosse students participate in a group project where they apply these Software Engineering concepts. Each team of students design a system, make a system design presentation, "hire" programmers, integrate the system modules, and document their systems. The administration of group projects is in general complicated; however, the administration of this type of project with the large amount of interaction among students is worse. This paper makes an attempt to outline this Software Engineering course with particular attention to the administration of the project.