Software Engineering I
CSCI 577a: Fall 2010

This is the first of two courses in the Software Engineering sequence, which forms the core of the Master of Science in Computer Science with specialization in Software Engineering. Software Engineering I focuses on software plans, processes, requirements and architectures. Software Engineering II focuses on software product creation, integration, test and maintenance with an emphasis on quality software production.Much of the content is organized around the key practices in the SEI Integrated Capability Maturity Model (CMMI).

This course will focus on the application of software engineering process models and management approaches for design and architecture of large software systems. Students will work in teams and be required to understand and apply the Win-Win spiral model and the Incremental Commitment Model for software engineering to real-world projects. Students will also be expected to understand and apply quality management approaches to their projects.

Past projects have included development of e-commerce systems for commercial entities, projects for various needs of the Center of Software Engineering and, projects for USC's Information Services Division (ISD) . During this course, the student team members will formulate operational concepts, requirements specifications, architectures, prototypes, life cycle plans, and integrating rationale for the proposed capabilities. In CSCI 577b, student teams develop Initial Operational Capability products based on the best results from CSCI 577a.

The DEN students will be responsible for "Independent Verification and Validation" (IV & V). Verification and validation is one of the software engineering disciplines that helps build quality into the software. V & V is a collection of analysis and testing activities across the full life cycle and complements the efforts of other quality-engineering functions. It determines that the software performs its intended functions correctly, performs no unintended functions and measures the quality and reliability of the software. The DEN students will each be assigned a single project for which they will play the role of IV & V.


Course Prerequisite:

Graduate standing

Lecture Time and Location:

MWF, 12:00 - 1:20 pm, OHE122

Assignments and Grading (Approximate Distribution)

Homeworks 24%
Class Assignments 13%
Project package (Team assignments) 47%
Individual Project Critique 11%
Honoring Commitment 5%


Submissions are due at or before 12:05 pm, they will be picked up in class, unless otherwise specified. For late submissions a penalty of 15% for each day the assignment is late. The student will be in charge of making sure the assignment is then correctly handed to the TAs in the case of a late submission.


Barry W. Boehm, et al, Software Cost Estimation With COCOMO II, Prentice Hall PTR, New Jersey, 2000





Office Hours and Location

Mr. Winsor Brown

Office: SAL 332
Phone: (213) 740-6599, (714) 891-6043
Fax: (213) 740-4927
Email: AWBrown (at)
Office Hours: MW 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, or by appointment

Guest Instructors:


Office Hours and Location

Dr. Barry Boehm

Office: SAL 128
Phone: (213) 740-5703

Dave Woolard

Office: TBD
Phone: TBD

Teaching Assistants:


Office Hours and Location

Supannika Koolmanojwong

Office: SAL 329
Phone: (213) 740-6505
Email: csci577 (at)
Office Hours: M, W 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Pongtip Aroonvatanaporn

Office: SAL 329
Phone: (213) 740-6505
Email: csci577 (at)
Office Hours: M 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
, Th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Nupul Kukreja

Office: SAL 329
Phone: (213) 740-6505
Email: csci577 (at)
Office Hours: M 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Th 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Ramin Moazeni

Office: SAL 334
Phone: (213) 740-5931
Email: csci577 (at)
Office Hours: T 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Qi Li

Office: SAL 339
Phone: (213) 740-6507
Email: csci577 (at)
Office Hours: W 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Th 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM




Daniel Link

Office: SAL 329
Email: csci577 (at)

Mallika Sanyal

Office: SAL 329
Email: csci577 (at)

Office hours of graders will be notified as the course progresses.

Discussion Board:
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