UDC 004.41, DOI: 10.2298/CSIS0901001B

Development of a Modern Curriculum in Software Engineering at Master Level across Countries

Klaus Bothe1, Zoran Budimac2, Rebeca Cortazar3, Mirjana Ivanović2 and Hussein Zedan4

  1. Dept. of Informatics, Humboldt University Berlin
    Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany
  2. Dept. of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Novi Sad
    Trg. Dositeja Obradovica 4, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
    {zjb, mira}@im.ns.ac.yu
  3. Dept. of Software Engineering, University of Deusto
    Apdo. 1, 48080 Bilbao, Spain
  4. Software Technology Research Laboratory, De Montfort University
    Hawthron Building, LE1 9BH Leicester, UK


A strong need for new approaches and new curricula in different disciplines in European education area still exist. It is especially the case in the field of software engineering that was traditionally underdeveloped in some areas. The curriculum presented in this paper is oriented towards undergraduate students of informatics and engineering. The proposed approach takes into account integration trends in European educational area and requirements of a labour market. The aim of this paper is to discuss the body of knowledge that should be provided by a modern curriculum in software engineering at master level. Also the techniques used in development and implementation of such a curriculum at different universities will be described. The presented ideas are based on the experience gained in the 3 year TEMPUS project “Joint MSc Curriculum in Software Engineering”, which established joint master studies in software engineering. Over a three years interval, the project managed to define new and joint curriculum, create teaching materials and deliver it in two institutions.

Key words

Curriculum development, Software engineering education, Teaching methodologies

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Volume 6, Issue 1 (Jun 2009)
Year of Publication: 2009
ISSN: 1820-0214 (Print) 2406-1018 (Online)
Publisher: ComSIS Consortium

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Bothe, K., Budimac, Z., Cortazar, R., Ivanović, M., Zedan, H.: Development of a Modern Curriculum in Software Engineering at Master Level across Countries. Computer Science and Information Systems, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1-21. (2009)