CSCI 4830/8836: Introduction to Software Engineering

Fall 2010

Meeting time: MW 10:30-11:45AM
Classroom: PKI 261
Instructor: Dr. Harvey Siy
Office: PKI 281B
Phone: (402)554-2834
Email: hsiy at unomaha dot edu
Office Hours: By appointment (call or email ahead)
Textbook: Software Engineering (9th edition) by Ian Sommerville, Addison-Wesley, 2010
Companion website
link to 8th Edition
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


The lecture slides will mostly come from the textbook author's companion website plus a few changes of my own.

The originals can be downloaded from

The updated lecture slides will be posted on Blackboard under Course Documents.


Project: 40%
Midterm: 20%
Final: 20%
Quizzes and homeworks: 10%
Participation in a study: 5%
Class participation: 5%

Approximate exam dates

  1. Midterm - mid-October
  2. Final - mid-December

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 two weeks 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 Policies and Department of Computer Science Policies and Procedures for formal policies about cheating and plagiarism.