16.355J / ESD.355J Software Engineering Concepts

Fall 2005

Photo of C-17 transport aircraft banking over a field.
Software engineering is a key challenge in developing modern military aircraft like this C-17 transport. (Image courtesy of U.S. Air Force.)

Course Highlights

This course features a reading list as well as a set of lecture notes.

Course Description

This is a reading and discussion subject on issues in the engineering of software systems and software development project design. It includes the present state of software engineering, what has been tried in the past, what worked, what did not, and why. Topics may differ in each offering, but will be chosen from: the software process and lifecycle; requirements and specifications; design principles; testing, formal analysis, and reviews; quality management and assessment; product and process metrics; COTS and reuse; evolution and maintenance; team organization and people management; and software engineering aspects of programming languages.
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Prof. Nancy Leveson

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session



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