Evaluation of the SEPA in Teaching Undergraduate Software Engineering in the Traditional Computer Science Curriculum

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Experiences provide computer science majors need to mirror the typical situation a student will encounter after graduation. The frustration as well as the benefit of working in a group can only be appreciated if experienced first hand. This has made the introduction of software engineering concepts into the traditional computer science curriculum an invaluable component in all computer science courses. The use of Software Engineering - A Practitioner's Approach (SEPA) in an undergraduate software engineering course taught at Montclair in the Spring of 1997 was an attempt to expose the students to situations as typical of real-world conditions as possible. In assessing the impact of this approach on undergraduate software education, I concluded that the SEPA can provide a rich and significantly worthwhile experience for students as the students in this course had very positive feedback regarding the course.



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