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Administrative Unit: Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CISS 465
Course Title: Software Engineering
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An introduction to software engineering including process models, software metrics, configuration management, risk analysis, testing techniques and quality assurance, project management and tracking. Prerequisite: CISS 245.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CISS 245.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Software Engineering—A Practitioner’s Approach
By Pressman, R.S. (McGraw Hill)
Software Engineering
By Sommerville, I. (Addison Wesley)
Course Objectives
  • To develop an engineering approach to complex software system development.
  • To utilize metrics to manage development.
  • To write software requirements specifications.
  • To develop use cases.
  • To utilize analysis modeling techniques.
  • To utilize configuration management tools.
  • To develop testing plans.
  • To use UML as a development and documentation aid.
  • To understand risk management.
    Measurable Learning
  • Explain the common system development models.
  • Explain analysis and design modeling principles.
  • Explain requirements engineering.
  • Develop use cases.
  • Explain architectural design principles and options.
  • Develop a testing strategy.
  • Prepare a risk management plan.
  • Develop a set of metrics for project management.
    Topical Outline:
  • Software development models
  • Software and project metrics
  • Estimating and tools
  • Configuration management
  • Risk analysis
  • Testing techniques and issues
  • Project management and tracking
  • Software requirements specification
  • Software design description
  • Software testing plan
  • IEEE standards


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

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    Prepared by: Yihsiang Liow Date: November 11, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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