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16.355J / ESD.355J Advanced Software Engineering, Fall 2002

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 US Air Force.)

Highlights of this Course

By the end of the class, you will be able to evaluate software engineering techniques and approaches. You will also be able to exercise professional judgment in selecting an approach for a particular project based on an understanding of how the present state of software engineering practice came about, what was tried in the past, what worked and what did not work, and why.

Course Description

A reading and discussion subject on advanced topics in the engineering of software systems. Focus on software development. Topics differ but are chosen from: software process and lifecycle; requirements development, specification and analysis; 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; software engineering aspects of programming languages; and software psychology.



Prof. Nancy Leveson

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
Two hours / session




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