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Title: Using Continuous Integration of Code and Content to Teach Software Engineering with Limited Resources
Contributor(s): Sub, Joern Guy (author); Billingsley, William  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2012
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1109/ICSE.2012.6227025Open Access Link
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Abstract: Previous courses addressing the gap between student and professional programming practice have either isolated small groups' development in such a way that larger scale difficulties that motivate many professional practices do not arise, or have required significant additional staffing that would be expensive to provide in a large cohort core undergraduate software engineering course. We describe the first iteration of a course that enabled 73 students to work together to improve a large common legacy code base using professional practices and tools, staffed only by two lecturers and two undergraduate students employed as part-time tutors. The course relies on continuous integration and automated metrics, that coalesce frequently updated information in a manner that is visible to students and can be monitored by a small number of staff. The course is supported by a just-in-time teaching programme of thirty-two technical topics. We describe the constraints that determined the design of the course, and quantitative and qualitative data from the first iteration of the course.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: ICSE 2012: 34th International Conference on Software Engineering, Zurich, Switzerland, 2nd - 9th June, 2012
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2012), p. 1175-1184
Publisher: IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Place of Publication: Passau, Germany
ISSN: 1558-1225
Field of Research (FOR): 080309 Software Engineering
080306 Open Software
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
890299 Computer Software and Services not elsewhere classified
930201 Pedagogy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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