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Course : Advanced Software Engineering

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2021
Bolin Hall, 320
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 12:00 am

The purpose of this course is to introduce theories, methods, and tools in software engineering for developing software systems. Students who succeed in this course will:

  • Understand basic principles of Software Engineering
  • Will be able to use the correct lexicon
  • Be able to practice software engineering techniques
  • Be able to model with the Unified Modeling Language (UML)
  • Enforce the use and adoption of a Multi User Task Management Tool
  • Enforce the use and adoption of a Software Version Control tool



Introduces theory and practice for software engineering. Topics include software life cycle, requirements, specification and analysis, software architecture and detailed design, and testing. (Writing intensive, Theory Intensive and Coding Intensive)

Expected prior knowledge and skills

The successful student should have competent skills in procedural and object-oriented programming, knowledge of data structures and algorithm analysis, and knowledge of statistical and probabilistic mathematics.


Learning Outcomes & Assessment Methods


Assessment Methods

Ability to elicit and analyze customer requirements

Exams and Project

Ability to design software systems using modeling techniques

Exams and Project

Understanding of verification and validation techniques

Exams and Project

Professionalism and ethics

Exams and Project

Understanding the use of software engineering tools, templates, and references

Exams and Project



Evaluation Process Summary Table



Test 1


Test 2


Final Exam


Participation (Quizzes)




Project (4 iterations)



Grading Policy

90 to 100 points is an A.

80 to 89.99 points is a B.

70 to 79.99 points is a C.

60 to 69.99 points is a D.

0 to 59.99 points is an F.



  • Attendance is a component of the course grade (six percent). Each student will begin with 100 points for their attendance grade. For each additional unexcused absence, 25 points will be subtracted from the attendance grade.
  • Your instructor will go over the class roster at the beginning of class and will call the students by name, if the student is not present at that time an absence will be given and not removed after arrival. The Attendance grade is 100% under the student’s control.
  • Additional class attendance related MSU Policies will be applied.


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