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Panel Session: Case Study Teaching in Computing Curricula

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Panel Session: Case Study Teaching in Computing Curricula

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Software Engineering Constituent Committee

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25.1023.1 - 25.1023.3



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Massood Towhidnejad Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach

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Massood Towhidnejad is the Professor of Software Engineering and the Director of the NEAR Lab ( at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the Daytona Beach, Fla. He has been involved in research activities in the areas of software engineering education, software quality assurance, and testing, and autonomous systems.

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Salamah Salamah Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach


Thomas B. Hilburn Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach

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Thomas B. Hilburn is a Professor Emeritus of software engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has worked on software engineering research and education projects with the FAA, General Electric, the Harris Corp, the MITRE Corporation, DOD, FIPSE, the SEI, the NSF, the ACM, and the IEEE Computer Society. His interests include software processes, object-oriented analysis and design, formal specification techniques, and curriculum development, and he has published more than 70 papers in these areas. He is an IEEE-certified Software Developer, an IEEE Software Engineering Certified Instructor, and currently chairs the Curriculum Committee of the IEEE Computer Society Educational Activities Board.

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Panel Session –Case Study Teaching in Computing CurriculaMassood Towhidnejad, Salamah Salamah, Thomas HilburnEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.Daytona Beach, Fl,, hilburn@erau.eduAbstractThe use of case studies is an effective method for introducing real-world professional practices into theclassroom. Case studies have become a proven and pervasive method of teaching about professionalpractice in such fields as business, law, and medicine. Case studies can provide a means to simulatepractice, raise the level of critical thinking skills, enhance listening/cooperative learning skills, anddevelop problem solving skills. Although the use of case studies in education has shown success in theabove mentioned disciplines, it is yet to be adopted in any significant way in the computing education.This panel session will explore central issues about the use of case study teaching: What is it? What areits advantages and challenges? Where and how should case study teaching be used? What resources andtraining support is available? In addition, to the panel discussion and Q &A, the session will engage theaudience in a simple exercise related to a smart house case study ( PanelistsDr. Sushil Acharya, Robert Morris UniversityDr. Steven Roach, University of Texas, El PasoDr. Salamah Salamah, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityDr. Walter Schilling, Milwaukee School of EngineeringDr. Massood Towhidnejad, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Panel ModeratorReferences1. Thomas B. Hilburn, Massood Towhidnejad, A Case for Software Engineering, Proceedings of the 20th Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEET), Dublin, Ireland, July, 2007, 107-114.2. Salamah Salamah, Massood Towhidnejad, Thomas B. Hilburn, Reporting on the Use of a Software Development Case Study in Computing Curricula, Proceedings of 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC, June 2011.

Towhidnejad, M., & Salamah, S., & Hilburn, T. B. (2012, June), Panel Session: Case Study Teaching in Computing Curricula Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21780

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