CSCI 4830/8836: Introduction to Software Engineering

Spring 2008

Meeting time: MW 12:00-1:15PM
Classroom: PKI 263
Instructor: Dr. Harvey Siy
Office: PKI 281B
Phone: (402)554-2834
Email: hsiy at mail dot unomaha dot edu
Office Hours: By appointment (call or email ahead)
Textbook: Software Engineering (8th edition) by Ian Sommerville, Addison-Wesley, 2006 (Note that the 7th edition will also suffice)
link to 5th Edition
Optional: Object-Oriented Software Engineering (2nd edition) by Bruegge and Dutoit, Prentice Hall 2004.


The course focuses on the engineering and development of real-world software products. It provides a pragmatic introduction into the fundamentals of software engineering. Basics of software project management are presented and are practiced in the term project.

Learning Objectives

Students who complete this course will:

Course content:

  1. Overview and motivations
  2. Requirements analysis
  3. Software design
  4. Verification and Validation
  5. Software evolution
  6. Project management
  7. Advanced topics


Here are the slides from last semester:

Lecture 1 Introduction to Software Engineering (Ch. 1)
Lecture 2 The Big Picture (Ch. 2 & 3)
Lecture 3 Software Process Models (Ch. 4)
Lecture 4 Project Management (Ch. 5)
Lecture 5 Software Requirements (Ch. 6)
Lecture 6 Requirements Engineering Process (Ch. 7)
Lecture 7 Modeling With UML (Ch. 2 OOSE book)
Lecture 8 Requirements Elicitation (Ch. 4 OOSE book)
Lecture 9 Requirements Analysis (Ch. 5 OOSE book)
Lecture 10 System Models (Ch. 8)
Lecture 11 Architecture Design (Ch. 11)
Lecture 12 System Design (Ch. 6 & 7 OOSE book)
Lecture 13 Function-oriented Design From 5th Edition, Ch. 15 (download here)
Lecture 14 User Interface Design (Ch. 16)
Lecture 15 Verification & Validation (Ch. 22&23)
Lecture 16 Software Evolution (Ch. 21)
Lecture 17 Configuration Management (Ch. 29)
Lecture 18 Cost Estimation (Ch. 26)
Lecture 19 Formal Specification (Ch. 10)

Students are expected to read the lecture materials in advance of each lecture. Please go to Blackboard to get the most recent lecture slides.


Project: 40%
Midterm: 20%
Final: 20%
Quizzes and homeworks: 15%
Class participation: 5%

Approximate exam dates

  1. Midterm - 3/5/2008
  2. Final - 5/5/2008

Graduate student research paper

Students taking the class as CSCI8836 will also be required to submit a 10-15 page, graduate-level research paper. (Please make an appointment to see me within the first week of class to discuss appropriate topics.)

Term Project

The term project is discussed in a separate handout.

Guidelines for assessing class participation

5Regularly makes helpful, relevant contributions to lecture discussions.
Offers observations that challenges classmates to think about the material in new ways.
4Attends regularly and occasionally makes helpful, relevant contributions to lecture discussions.
3Attends regularly and actively pays attention to discussion.
2Attends regularly but does not pay attention to discussion.
1Does not attend regularly.
0Misses most classes.
(Adapted from

Policy on late homeworks

Late homeworks will get a 20% deduction per day, for each day past the due date.

For online submissions, we will follow the time stamp as reported by Blackboard. For example, if the due date is Aug, 24, a submission on Aug. 25 12:01am will get a 20% deduction.

Paper submissions must be handed directly to me on the day it is due.

Academic Integrity

Cheating will not be tolerated for project assignments, exams and other assignments. Consult the UNO Student Handbook and Department of Computer Science Policies and Procedures for formal policies about plagiarism.