ESE: Introduction to Software Engineering (Einführung in SE)


Course: Introduction to Software Engineering
(Autumn Semester 2019)
Lecturers:Oscar Nierstrasz, Dr. Mohammad Ghafari
Assistants:Nitish Patkar, Pascal Andre, Patrick Hodel, Joel Niklaus
Language: English
Lectures:Wednesdays, 14h15-16h00
Exercises:Wednesdays, 16h15-17h00
Place:Engehaldenstrasse 8, 001
Start:Sept. 18, 2019
End:Dec. 18, 2019
Exam:Jan. 9, 2020


This course is intended for Bachelors students in the third semester studying a major or minor in Computer Science. The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to the key concepts of Software Engineering.

Learning Outcomes

The course will focus on the use of agile software processes, object-oriented methods, UML and other industrial best practices to successful completion of software projects. The follow themes will be explored: How can you effectively determine and agree on what a customers really needs? How can you ensure that the software product being developed will satisfy non-functional requirements, such as user-friendliness, robustness,reliability and extensibility? How do you plan a software project and manage a project developed in a team? What tools are available to help support you in a software project?

The exercises for the course will consist of a small software project to be developed by the students in teams over the course of the semester.

Schedule 2019

Week Date Lecture
1 18-Sep-19 Introduction: The Software Lifecycle
2 25-Sep-19 Requirements Collection
3 02-Oct-19 Responsibility-Driven Design
4 09-Oct-19 Agile Methods (Pietari Kettunen)
5 16-Oct-19 Modeling Objects and Classes
6 23-Oct-19 Guest lecture: Software Testing (Manuel Oriol)
7 30-Oct-19 Software Security
8 06-Nov-19 Modeling Behaviour
9 13-Nov-19 User Interface Design
10 20-Nov-19 Software Quality
11 27-Nov-19 Software Architecture; Guest lecture: Software Architecture in practice (Erwann Wernli)
12 04-Dec-19 Software Metrics
13 11-Dec-19 Guest lecture: Project Management (Jan Hornwall)
14 18-Dec-19 Guest lecture: SE in practice (Peter Gfader)
15 09-Jan-20 Final Exam: ExWi A6 @ 10h00-12h00
Last changed by oscar on 15 January 2020