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Enhancing Software Engineering Curricula By Incorporating Open, Data-Driven Planning Methods

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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John (Lalit) Jagtiani University of Bridgeport

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Mr. Lalit (John) Jagtiani is currently a Ph.D. candidate focused on Technology Management at the University of Bridgeport, School of Engineering. His research interests include software technology management, software metrics, technology change management, and technology risk management. Mr.Jagtiani has 25+ years of industry experience with technology management and strategic business solutions. He currently serves as a consultant to several organizations and teaches graduate level courses at the University of Bridgeport.

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Neal A Lewis University of Bridgeport

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Neal Lewis received his Ph.D. in engineering management in 2004 and B.S. in chemical engineering in 1974 from the University of Missouri – Rolla (now the Missouri University of Science and Technology), and his MBA in 2000 from the University of New Haven. He is an associate professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Bridgeport. He has over 25 years of industrial experience, having worked at Procter & Gamble and Bayer. Prior to UB, he has taught at UMR, UNH, and Marshall University. Neal is a member of ASEE, ASEM, and IIE.

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For several decades, Software Engineering (SE) course work has been an integral learning subject for computer science, information systems, and technology related matriculated students at undergraduate and graduate levels. During the same period, industry has continued to experience high failure rates, missed business outcomes, and poor user adoption for large software development initiatives. While there are many reasons for these issues, educators must focus on ensuring that SE course curricula and learning outcomes strive to create long-term positive impact. This paper will address how to improve readiness levels of students in learning environments by integrating best practices that can address these issues in the context of SE course work.

We create a clear case for change within the SE education pedagogy, and a research method to achieve the objective is outlined. The SE course curricula, current standards, and intended learning outcomes are examined which enables us to outline the changes required. Recommendations and suggested methods to help close the gaps are outlined.

Jagtiani, J. L., & Lewis, N. A. (2016, June), Enhancing Software Engineering Curricula By Incorporating Open, Data-Driven Planning Methods Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26702

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