Realism in Project-Based Software Engineering Courses: Rewards, Risks, and Recommendations

  • Pierre Flener
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4263)


A software engineering course is often the capstone of a general undergraduate curriculum in computer science. It is usually at least partly a project-based course, with the intention that student groups can deploy their already acquired skills on programming, verification, databases, and human-computer interaction, while applying the new material about requirements, architecture, and project management on a project. I have taught a software engineering course six times, using a combination of ideas that I have never seen elsewhere, with a strong emphasis on realism. I here reflect on the rewards and risks of this approach, and make some recommendations for future offerings.


Software Engineering Software Engineer Requirement Elicitation Team Software Mind Change 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Flener
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  1. 1.Computing Science Division, Department of Information TechnologyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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