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Thompson Rivers University

COMP 3521: Software Engineering

Students are introduced to the different software process models and management of modular intercommunication, software engineering tools, software testing and project management including resource estimation, team organization and review. Students learn software engineering techniques for dependable and secure systems, reliability engineering, software evolution, software maintenance, quality management, configuration management, reuse, and ethical issues in software engineering.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the key components of various process models.
  • Utilize a variety of strategies for testing simple programs.
  • Identify the principal issues associated with software evolution and explain their impact on the software lifecycle.
  • Identify methods to create software architecture that is reliable, dependable and secure.
  • Apply the basic principles of software project management in a team environment.
  • Analyze the ethical issues involved in developing software.

Course topics

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Software Engineering
  • Unit 2: Dependability and Security
  • Unit 3: Advanced Software Engineering
  • Unit 4: Software Management
  • Unit 5: Computer Reliability and Ethics

Required text and materials

The following materials are required for this course:

  1. Sommerville I. Software Engineering, 10th Edition, Pearson Higher Education Inc. (2016)
    Type: Textbook. ISBN-10: 0-13-394303-8


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Note: The final exam for this course is only available as a paper exam and must be taken in person at an approved Testing Centre. Please email with any questions.

Assignment 1: Software Process Model 5%
Assignment 2: Software Testing and Software Evolution 5%
Assignment 3: Security Engineering 5%
Assignment 4: Software Reuse 5%
Assignment 5: Project Management and Planning 5%
Assignment 6: Configuration Management Tool Review 5%
Assignment 7: Professional Ethics 5%
Quizzes: (7 at 3% each) 21%
Final Exam (mandatory) 44%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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