June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Computers in Education
26.332.1 - 26.332.14
Case Study Based Educational Tools for Teaching Software V&V Course at Undergraduate LevelOne of the critical problems facing software industry today is the lack of appreciation of the fullbenefits that can be derived from Software Verification and Validation (V&V) and an associatedproblem of shortage of adequately trained V&V practitioners. To address this situation, softwareV&V course curriculum is being improved at author’s institution via a NSF-funded project. Thebasic objectives of this project are to improve software education to make it well aligned withacademic research as well as industry best practices. In addition, it aimed that the course materialcould also be used to enhance on-the-job professional training in SW industry settings, therebyhelping to increase the pool of professionals with contemporary V&V knowledge and skills.The new course curriculum enhancement described in this paper is guided by academic researchand industry best practices that focus on four specific V&V topics: requirements engineering,reviews, configuration management, and testing. Among many educational tools that are beingdeveloped to achieve project objectives, the work related to the development of case studies isdescribed here. Historically, case studies have been as educational tools in business, law andmedicine but not so much in software engineering. The hypothesis is that case studies would beeffective educational tools to introduce real-world professional practices into the classroomwhich would help the students in identifying and solving problems, and develop a perspective onknowledge application. In this paper we describe a set of V&V related case-studies that we havedrawn from industry experiences and developed them as pedagogical tools. These case-studiescover several important topics in SW V&V domain such as legal issues in software, softwareconsumer protection, and requirements from the customers’ perspectives. We will also report onthe results of initial implementation of these case studies in the classroom.
Manohar, P., & Acharya, S., & Wu, P. Y., & Ansari, A. A., & Schilling, W. W. (2015, June), Case Study-Based Educational Tools for Teaching a Software V&V Course at the Undergraduate Level Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23671
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