June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Software Engineering Constituent Committee
24.1132.1 - 24.1132.20
Students vs. Professionals in Assisted Requirements Tracing: How Could We Train Our Students?AbstractAssisted requirements tracing (ART) skills are essential for new college graduates joining thesoftware industry as their initial assignments involve substantial tracing-related activities.Although studying human analysts in ART is an emerging research trend, how students mightbehave differently from software professionals is yet to be investigated. In this paper, wecompare the performances, processes, and strategies between students and software professionalsin carrying out ART tasks for an unfamiliar system. We observe that both students andprofessionals performing ART activities follow a generic four-phase problem solving process:define the problem, develop a plan, implement the plan, and evaluate the solution. We find thatstudents show significant deficiency in the overall problem solving process, whereasprofessionals follow unique and effective tracing techniques in defining the problem, and indeveloping and implementing the plan. We identify the improvement areas and propose a set oflearning activities for software engineering students to enhance their tracing skills. Weimplement two learning activities in a Software Requirements Engineering course and report ourexperience. Our study contributes to the improvement of training students in performing ARTand other information-intensive tasks in software engineering.
Bhowmik, T., & Niu, N., & Reese, D. (2014, June), Students vs. Professionals in Assisted Requirements Tracing: How Could We Train Our Students? Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23065
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