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Evaluating a Software Project Management Course Collaboration Framework at a Second Institution

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Software Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Stefan Christov Quinnipiac University

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Stefan Christov holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York, College at Brockport. He has experience in teaching undergraduate introductory computer science and engineering courses as well as upper-level software engineering courses, including software quality assurance, software project management, and software engineering in health care. His current research interests include improving the quality of human-intensive processes (HIPs), such as medical processes, with a focus on detecting human errors before harm is done and preventing such errors. He has used software engineering techniques to formally represent and analyze models of complex HIPs and industrial engineering techniques to elicit and validate models of such processes. He is also interested in educational approaches for pedagogical collaboration between different courses in the curriculum. His work has resulted in publications in international journals and conferences.

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James Walker Michigan Technological University


Mark Hoffman Quinnipiac University

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Mark Hoffman is a professor of computer science at Quinnipiac University. He joined the University in 2001 following a career in industry and has taught a wide variety of courses including data structures, computer architecture and organization, software development, and the senior capstone project. His research interests include communication and critical thinking skills in computer science education, and the impact of technology on work/home boundary management. He received his Ph.D. from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY.

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Previous work has described and evaluated a collaboration between a software project management (SPM) course and an introductory software development course. That collaboration has successfully supported the experiential learning of SPM skills as well as skills to effectively interact with a project manager. This paper further evaluates that collaboration framework by reporting its application at a second institution for two semesters. Overall, the learning outcomes and student experiences achieved at the second institution were similarly positive to those achieved at the first institution. The major components of the framework were fully implemented at the second institution with specific aspects customized to meet the institution's educational outcomes and setting. In that customization, three factors were identified for consideration when adapting the collaboration framework: the existence of a course structure to support such collaboration, the ratio between the students in the two courses, and the ability to schedule regular interactions between these students.

Christov, S., & Walker, J., & Hoffman, M. (2021, July), Evaluating a Software Project Management Course Collaboration Framework at a Second Institution Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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