ESE: Introduction to Software Engineering (Einführung in SE)

Schedule 2020


Course: Introduction to Software Engineering
(Autumn Semester 2020)
Lecturers:Oscar Nierstrasz, Dr. Nataliia Stulova
Assistants:Nitish Patkar, Pascal Marc André, Manuel Schüpbach, Olivier Stähli
Language: English
Lectures:Wednesdays, 14h15-16h00
Exercises:Wednesdays, 16h15-17h00
Place:Engehaldenstrasse 8, 001
Start:Sept. 16, 2020
End:Dec. 16, 2020
Exam:Jan. 7, 2021


NB: Due to Covid-19, this class will largely be held remotely. Please sign up in Piazza as soon as possible so that we can inform you about how to participate in the lectures. In case of any encounters in person, please be sure to bring a mask, as there may not be enough room to maintain social distancing.


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 following 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 2020

Week Date Lecture
1 16-Sep-20 Introduction: The Software Lifecycle
2 23-Sep-20 Requirements Collection
3 30-Sep-20 Responsibility-Driven Design
4 07-Oct-20 Guest lecture: Agile Methods (Pietari Kettunen)
5 14-Oct-20 Guest lecture: Project Management (Jan Hornwall)
6 21-Oct-20 Guest lecture: SE in practice (Peter Gfader)
7 28-Oct-20 Modeling Objects and Classes
8 04-Nov-20 Software Metrics
9 11-Nov-20 Guest lecture: Software Testing (Manuel Oriol)
10 18-Nov-20 Software Security (Reza Hazhirpasand)
11 25-Nov-20 Modeling Behaviour
12 02-Dec-20 User Interface Design (Nataliia Stulova)
13 09-Dec-20 Software Quality
14 16-Dec-20 Software Architecture; Guest lecture: Software Architecture in practice (Erwann Wernli)
15 07-Jan-21 Final Exam: ExWi A6 @ 10h00-12h00
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