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Principles of Software Engineering

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Introduction: The process, software products, emergence of software engineering, evolving role of software, software life cycle

models, Software Characteristics, Applications, Software crisis.

Software project management: Project management concepts, software process and project metrics Project planning, project

size estimation metrics, project estimation Techniques, empirical estimation techniques, COCOMO- A Heuristic estimation techniques,

staffing level estimation, team structures, staffing, risk analysis and management, project scheduling and tracking.


Requirements Analysis and specification requirements engineering, system modeling and simulation Analysis principles

modeling, partitioning Software, prototyping: , Prototyping methods and tools; Specification principles, Representation, the software

requirements specification and reviews Analysis Modeling: Data Modeling, Functional modeling and information flow: Data flow

diagrams, Behavioral Modeling; The mechanics of structured analysis: Creating entity/ relationship diagram, data flow model, control

flow model, the control and process specification; The data dictionary; Other classical analysis methods.

System Design: Design concepts and principles: the design process: Design and software quality, design principles; Design concepts:

Abstraction, refinement, modularity, software architecture, control hierarchy, structural partitioning, data structure, software procedure,

information hiding; Effective modular design: Functional independence, Cohesion, Coupling; Design Heuristics for effective

modularity; The design model; Design documentation.


Architectural Design: Software architecture, Data Design: Data modeling, data structures, databases and the data warehouse,

Analyzing alternative Architectural Designs ,architectural complexity; Mapping requirements into a software architecture; Transform

flow, Transaction flow; Transform mapping: Refining the architectural design.

Testing and maintenance: Software Testing Techniques, software testing fundamentals: objectives, principles, testability; Test

case design, white box testing, basis path testing: Control structure testing: Black box testing, testing for specialized environments

,architectures and applications. Software Testing Strategies: Verification and validation, Unit testing, Integration testing,; Validation

testing, alpha and beta testing; System testing: Recovery testing, security testing, stress testing, performance testing; The art of

debugging, the debugging process debugging approaches. Software re-engineering , reverse engineering ,restructuring, forward



Software Reliability and Quality Assurance :Quality concepts, Software quality assurance , SQA activities; Software

reviews: cost impact of software defects, defect amplification and removal; formal technical reviews: The review meeting, review

reporting and record keeping, review guidelines; Formal approaches to SQA; Statistical software quality assurance; software reliability:

Measures of reliability and availability ,The ISO 9000 Quality standards: The ISO approach to quality assurance systems, The ISO 9001

standard, Software Configuration Management.

Computer Aided software Engineering: CASE, building blocks, integrated case environments and architecture, repository.