Software Requirements

Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Software Requirements

  • Host University

    Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

  • Location

    Bilbao, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Computer Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    60
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION
    One of the main tasks of graduates in Computing Engineering is the development of tools or
    software solutions. If the life cycle of a software system development process is analysed, the
    first step will always be the definition of what this system /tool is supposed to be; those who
    better know what they want are the system stakeholders, those who are affected by the
    prospective system. In this subject, students will gain the needed competences for the definition
    and modelling of a system in an organized and systematic way, as well as the techniques for
    gathering the required information from the stakeholders.
     

    CONTENTS
    1. Software Engineering: Definition. Phases. Process Models. RUP.
    2. Software Requirements. The Concept of Requirement. Requirements Engineering.
    Requirements Elicitation. Requirements Analysis, Negotiation and Prioritization. Software
    Requirement Specification and standards. Requirements Validation. Interviewing and DataGathering
    Techniques.
    3. Modelling. Principles of Modelling. UML. Object Oriented Analysis. Use Cases and
    Additional diagrams. Conceptual Domain Model.
    4. Towards Design. Logical Architecture and Object Oriented Design. Design Class Diagram

    METHODOLOGY
    The teaching-learning strategy will be implemented by means of the following methods and
    techniques:
    - Lectures: Driven by the professor, who will introduce the contents listed in the subject
    syllabus in a detailed and structured way in the classroom. Lecture materials, to be used during
    the lessons, will be previously available for students to read them in advance (chapters of books,
    scripts, papers and/or slides), organized by units.
    - Collaborative work: Scheduled Classroom and Out-of-Classroom activities, in work groups
    and discussions about several topics.
    - Directed Self-study: Understanding and synthesis of basic theoretical concepts, by means of
    directed self-study out-of-classroom activities.
    - Case Study: Development of two case studies; the first one will be focused on the elicitation,
    analysis and validation of requirements; the second one will concentrate on the modelling of
    requirements. Alternatives will be considered with the aim of training critical thinking and
    fostering discussions in the classroom. The most suitable alternative will be selected, depending
    on the context of the problem.
    - Teamwork: Students, in groups, will face a problem in an organization; the goal will be to
    obtain, analyse, validate and model the requirements of a software solution that solves the
    organization problem, and produce the system requirement specification.

    ASSESSMENT
    - Knowledge test: 30%
    - Classroom and Out-of-Classroom Activities: 25%
    - Teamwork: 45%
    In order to pass the subject, at least 4 points out of 10 must be earned in each of the evaluation
    items: in the knowledge test, in the grade of the activities and in the teamwork.

    READINGS
    * Materials for the correct progress in the subject are on the e-learning platform.
    * The basic mean of communication will be the News and Forums in the platform; every event
    and news related to this subject will be posted on the platform.
    Bibliography
    * Ian Sommerville, Software Engineering, Addison Wesley, ISBN: 8478290745.
    * Suzanne Robertson, James Robertson, Mastering the Requirements Process. Addison-Wesley
    Professional, ISBN: 0321419499.
    * Craig Larman, Applying UML and Patterns: An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and
    Design and Iterative Development, Prentice Hall, ISBN: 978-0131489066.

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