What Do We Do When We Teach Software Engineering?

Maguire, J. , Draper, S. and Cutts, Q. (2019) What Do We Do When We Teach Software Engineering? In: 1st UK & Ireland Computing Education Research Conference (UKICER), Canterbury, UK, 05-06 Sep 2019, p. 10. ISBN 9781450372572 (doi: 10.1145/3351287.3351295)

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Many UK higher education institutions offer software engineering programmes, but the purpose and relevance of these programmes within computing science departments is not always obvious. The reality is that while advanced economies require many more skilled software engineers, universities are not delivering them. This is at least true in the context of the United Kingdom, where there are high numbers of software engineering vacancies and unemployed software engineering graduates. A possible explanation could be that curriculum content of software engineering programmes in universities needs to be reconsidered to meet the needs of industry. However, reconsidering curriculum content alone is unlikely to be transformative as there is little to be gained from changing to an emerging methodology, language or framework. Instead, an alternative direction could be to reconsider curriculum delivery and the identity of software engineering within computing science itself. In this paper, we contextualise the challenge by considering the history of software engineering education and some of its key developments. We then consider some of the alternative delivery approaches, before arguing cooperative programmes provide a opportunity for institutions to reconsider software engineering education.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cutts, Professor Quintin and Draper, Dr Steve and Maguire, Dr Joseph
Authors: Maguire, J., Draper, S., and Cutts, Q.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Research Group:Centre for Computing Science Education (CCSE)
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the 1st UK & Ireland Computing Education Research Conference (UKICER): 10
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
3030040Opportunities for Partnership Activity in Work-based learning InnovationQuintin CuttsSkills Development Scotland (SKIDEVSC)G17-043Computing Science