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2009-2011 Courses and Programs

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Software Engineering

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(A joint program administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.)

Undergraduate Study

For the undergraduate curriculum in software engineering leading to the degree bachelor of science, see College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

This curriculum is jointly administered by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Computer Science Department at Iowa State University and it provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn software engineering fundamentals, to study applications of the state-of-the art software technologies, and to prepare for the practice of software engineering. The student-faculty interaction necessary to realize this opportunity occurs within an environment that is motivated by the principle that excellence in undergraduate education is enhanced by an integrated commitment to successful, long-term research and outreach programs.

The software engineering curriculum offers emphasis areas in software engineering principles, process, and practice. Students may also take elective courses in computer engineering and computer science.

The objective of the software engineering program at Iowa State University is that its graduates should demonstrate expertise, engagement, learning, leadership, and teamwork within five years after graduation.

•Expertise: Graduates should establish peer-recognized expertise together with the ability to articulate that expertise and use it for problem solving in the planning, design, development, validation, and evolution of software using contemporary practices.

•Engagement: Graduates should be engaged in the professional practice, locally and globally, contributing through the ethical, competent, and creative practice of Software engineering in industry, academia, or the public sector, or graduates may use the program as a foundation for interdisciplinary careers in business, law, medicine, or public service.

•Learning: Graduates should demonstrate sustained learning through graduate work or professional improvement opportunities and through self study, and they should demonstrate the ability to adapt to rapid technological changes.

•Leadership: Graduates should exhibit leadership and initiative to advance professional and organizational goals, facilitate the achievements of others, and obtain results.

•Teamwork: Graduates should demonstrate effective teaming and commitment to working with others of diverse cultural and interdisciplinary background by applying software engineering abilities, communication skills, and knowledge of contemporary and global issues.

As a complement to the instructional activity, the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science Departments provide opportunities for each student to have experience with broadening activities. Through the cooperative education and internship program, students have the opportunity to gain practical industry experience. See College of Engineering, Cooperative Programs. Students have the opportunity to participate in advanced research activities; and through international exchange programs, students learn about engineering practices in other parts of the world.

Courses primarily for undergraduate students

S E 101. Software Engineering Orientation. Cr. R.Introduction to the procedures, policies, and resources of Iowa State University and the department of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Information on engineering and computer-based professions.

S E 166. Careers in Software Engineering. Cr. R.Overview of the nature and scope of the software engineering profession. Relationship of coursework to careers. Departmental rules, student services operations, degree requirements, program of study planning, career options, and student organizations.

S E 185. Problem Solving in Software Engineering. (3-1) Cr. 3.Prereq: Credit or enrollment in Math 142. Introduction to software engineering and computer programming. Systematic thinking process for problem solving in the context of software engineering. Group problem solving. Solving software engineering problems and presenting solutions through computer programs, written documents and oral presentations. Introduction to principles of programming, software design, and extensive practice in design, writing, running, debugging, and reasoning about programs.

S E 298. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. F.S.SS.Prereq: Permission of department and Career Services. First professional work period in the cooperative education program. Students must register for this course before commencing work.

S E 319. Software Construction and User Interfaces. (Cross-listed with Com S). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Com S 228. Basic theory of grammars, parsing. Language paradigms. State-transition and table-based software design. Rapid system prototyping. Review of principles of object orientation, object oriented analysis using UML. Event-driven and clock-driven simulation. Software construction methods. Frameworks and APIs. User interface architecture, evaluation of user interface. Design of windows, menus, and commands. Introduction to format specification and model-based software design. Introduction to domain-specific software engineering. Nonmajor graduate credit.

S E 329. Software Project Management. (Cross-listed with Cpr E). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Com S 309. Process-based software development. Capability Maturity Model (CMM), Project planning, cost estimation, and scheduling. Project management tools. Factors influencing productivity and success. Productivity metrics. Analysis of options and risks. Version control and configuration management. Inspections and reviews. Managing the testing process. Software quality metrics. Modern software engineering techniques and practices. Nonmajor graduate credit.

S E 339. Software Architecture and Design. (Cross-listed with Cpr E). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: S E 319. Modeling and design of software at the architectural level. Architectural styles. Basics of model-driven architecture. Object-oriented design and analysis. Iterative development and unified process. Design patterns. Design by contract. Component based design. Product families. Measurement theory and appropriate use of metrics in design. Designing for qualities such as performance, safety, security, reliability, reusability, etc. Analysis and evaluation of software architectures. Introduction to architecture definition languages. Basics of software evolution, reengineering, and reverse engineering. Case studies. Introduction to distributed system software. Nonmajor graduate credit.

S E 396. Summer Internship. Cr. R. Repeatable. SS.Prereq: Permission of department and Career Services. Summer professional work period.

S E 397. Software Engineering Internship. Cr. R. Repeatable. F.S.Prereq: Permission of department and Career Services. One semester maximum per academic year professional work period.

S E 398. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. F.S.SS.Prereq: 298, permission of department and Career Services. Second professional work period in the cooperative education program. Students must register for this course before commencing work.

S E 409. Software Requirements Engineering. (Cross-listed with Com S). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Com S 309, 319. The requirements engineering process, including identification of stakeholders, requirements elicitation techniques such as interviews and prototyping, analysis fundamentals, requirements specification, and validation. Use of Models: State-oriented, Function-oriented, and Object-oriented. Documentation for Software Requirements. Informal, semi-formal, and formal representations. Structural, informational, and behavioral requirements. Non-functional requirements. Use of requirements repositories to manage and track requirements through the life cycle. Case studies, software projects, written reports, and oral presentations will be required. Nonmajor graduate credit.

S E 412. Formal Aspects of Specification and Verification. (Cross-listed with Com S, Cpr E). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: 319, Com S 309. Introduction to prepositional/predicate/temporal logic, program verification using theorem proving, model-based verification using model checking, and tools for verification. Nonmajor graduate credit.

S E 416. Software Evolution and Maintenance. (Cross-listed with Cpr E). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Com S 309, 319. Fundamental concepts in software evolution and maintenance; practical software evolution processes; legacy systems, program comprehension, impact analysis, program migration and transformation, refactoring. Tools for software evolution and maintenance. Case studies, experimental software projects. Written reports and oral presentation. Nonmajor graduate credit.

S E 417. Software Testing. (Cross-listed with Com S). (3-0) Cr. 3.Prereq: Com S 309, 319. Comprehensive study of software testing, principles, methodologies, management strategies and techniques. Test models, test design techniques (black box and white-box testing techniques), integration, regression, system testing methods, and software testing tools. Nonmajor graduate credit.

S E 490. Independent Study. Cr. arr. Repeatable.Prereq: Senior classification in software engineering. Investigation of an approved topic.

S E 491. Senior Design Project I and Professionalism. (2-3) Cr. 3.Prereq: 329, completion of 29 credits in the S E core professional program, Engl 314. Preparing for entry to the workplace. Selected professional topics. Use of technical writing skills in developing project plan and design report; project poster. First of two-semester team-oriented, project design and implementation experience.

S E 492. Senior Design Project II. (1-3) Cr. 2.Prereq: 491. Second semester of a team design project experience. Emphasis on the successful implementation and demonstration of the design completed in S E 491 and the evaluation of project results. Technical writing of final project report; oral presentation of project achievements.

S E 498. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: 398, permission of department and Career Services. Third and subsequent professional work periods in the cooperative education program. Students must register for this course before commencing work.