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Use and evaluation of simulation for software process education: a case study
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
2014 (English)Conference paper (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Software Engineering is an applied discipline and concepts are difficult to grasp only at a theoretical level alone. In the context of a project management course, we introduced and evaluated the use of software process simulation (SPS) based games for improving students’ understanding of software development processes. The effects of the intervention were measured by evaluating the students’ arguments for choosing a particular development process. The arguments were assessed with the Evidence-Based Reasoning framework, which was extended to assess the strength of an argument. The results indicate that students generally have difficulty providing strong arguments for their choice of process models. Nevertheless, the assessment indicates that the intervention of the SPS game had a positive impact on the students’ arguments. Even though the illustrated argument assessment approach can be used to provide formative feedback to students, its use is rather costly and cannot be considered a replacement for traditional assessments.

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Seeon Monastery, Germany: Learning of Software Engineering , 2014.
Keyword [en]
Software process simulation, project management, argument evaluation
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Software Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6505Local ID: diva2:834023
European Conference Software Engineering Education (ECSEE)
Available from: 2014-12-02 Created: 2014-09-17 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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