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, 3:30 - 4:50 pm, OHE136

Assignments and Grading (Approximate Distribution)

Individual Assignments 20%
Individual Project Critique 12%
Individual Contribution 5%
Individual Presentation 8%
Project (Team assignments) 50%
Client Evaluation 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


Name Office Hours and Location
Dr. Supannika Koolmanojwong Office: SAL 329
Phone: (213) 740-6505
Email: koolmano (at) usc.edu
Office Hours: MW 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Teaching Assistants:

Name Office Hours and Location
Pongtip Aroonvatanaporn
Office: SAL 329
Phone: (213) 740-6505
Email: csci577 (at) usc.edu
Office Hours: WF 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Name Office Hours and Location
Xingyu Tao
Office: SAL 329
Email: csci577 (at) usc.edu
Office Hours: TBD

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