Integrating large-scale group projects and software engineering approaches for early computer science courses

M. Brian Blake

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Abstract

The utilization of large-scale group projects in early computer science courses has been readily accepted in academia. In these types of projects, students are given a specific portion of a large programming problem to design and develop. Ultimately, the consolidation of all of the independent student projects integrates to form the solution for the large-scale project. Although many studies report on the experience of executing a semester-long course of this nature, course experience at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, shows the benefits of embedding a large-scale project that comprises just a segment of the course (three to four weeks). The success of these types of courses requires an effective process for creating the specific large-scale project. In this paper, an effective process for large-scale group project course development is applied to the second computer science course at Georgetown University.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-72
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Education
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005

Keywords

  • Collaboration skills
  • Computer science II
  • Object-oriented design
  • Programming
  • Software engineering education and training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Education

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