CSCE 740 - Software Engineering
Software engineering is concerned with the development and evolution of high-quality software systems in a systematic, controlled, and efficient manner. Software engineers are concerned with safety and reliability of the product as well as the cost and schedule of the development process. The lectures and the group projects will cover all aspects of the software life cycle, from development team management, problem specification and analysis, system design techniques, implementation and documentation practices, testing, to maintenance and evaluation of the final product.Where does this fit in with the rest of my computer science courses?
Whereas many computer science classes deal with taking complex domain-specific problems and deriving solutions from the appropriate mathematical and computational theories, software engineering is focused around designing, developing, and documenting reliable, functionally complete, and usable software.
For example, in an AI course, you learn to reason about intelligence problems and design software that solves such problems. In software engineering, you will learn to reason about software itself, and will (hopefully) learn lessons that apply to any program you design in the future.
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