How to Create a Credible Software Engineering Bachelors Program: Navigating the Waters of Program Development

How to Create a Credible Software Engineering Bachelors Program: Navigating the Waters of Program Development

Stephen Frezza (Gannon University, USA), Mei-Huei Tang (Gannon University, USA) and Barry J. Brinkman (Gannon University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-060-8.ch117
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Abstract

This chapter presents a case study in the development of a Software Engineering (SE) Bachelor’s Degree program. It outlines issues in SE program development, various means to address those issues, and explains how the issues were addressed in the initial and ongoing development of an undergraduate SE program. By using SEEK and SWEBOK as requirements sources to define what an undergraduate software engineer needs to know, the authors walk through the creation of a sample curriculum at a small, comprehensive university in the United States. Both the current and initial curricula are presented. The article discusses many items to consider in the process of planning and launching a new BSSE program, such as accreditation, curriculum guidelines, sources of information, and potential problems.

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