ACM and IEEE Computer Society Take on Management of Software Engineering Curriculum Recommendations
HOBOKEN, N.J., Aug 02, 2010 (ASCRIBE NEWS via COMTEX) --
Association for Computing Machinery; http://www.acm.org/)
and the IEEE Computer Society (http://www.computer.org/)
will oversee curriculum guidelines for graduate software
engineering programs in universities that grant master's
degrees in that field. The professional societies'
oversight, with support from the International Council on
Systems Engineering (INCOSE), will further the guidelines'
acceptance and adoption by graduate programs around the
The Graduate Software Engineering 2009 (GSwE2009;
http://www.gswe2009.org/) guidelines reflect software's
greater role in today's systems and recognize the growing
interdependence of software and systems engineering. They
were developed to improve existing software engineering
graduate programs from the viewpoints of universities,
students, graduates, software builders, and software buyers.
The guidelines are intended to increase enrollment in
graduate software engineering programs by making the
programs more valuable to potential students and employers.
"These recommendations reflect new understandings in how
to build and maintain large software systems and how to
educate the next generation of software engineers," said
John White, Executive Director and CEO of ACM. "They also
illustrate the growing integration of systems and software
engineering education, including how software engineering
depends on systems engineering, and how software engineering
education is influenced by specific technological domains
such as telecommunications and defense systems."
"GSwE2009 is an important part of evolving excellence in
the software engineering field," said Evan M. Butterfield,
IEEE Computer Society Director of Products and
Services. "Our volunteers and staff couldn't be more
enthusiastic about this relationship, and the opportunity to
help ensure the integrity and consistent improvement of the
The guidelines will foster formation of new graduate
programs in software engineering by providing guiding
principles for curriculum content and advice on how to
implement those guidelines. Published in late 2009, the
guidelines are now part of the Computing Curricula series to
be updated and maintained by ACM and the Computer
Society. INCOSE's key role integrating systems engineering
into GSwE2009 will continue as the guidelines evolve.
Dr. Art Pyster of the Stevens Institute of Technology and
INCOSE's Director for Academic Matters oversaw GSwE2009
development. The two-year project included participation by
more than 40 experts from academia, industry, government,
and professional societies. Together with GSwE2009, the
author team created two companion reports (also available at
http://www.gswe2009.org/): "Comparisons of GSwE2009 to
Current Graduate Programs in Software Engineering" and
"Frequently Asked Questions on Implementing GSwE2009."
Project funding was provided by the U.S. Department of
Defense, Office of the Director, Defense Research and
Engineering (DDR&E). Kristen Baldwin, now the Director of
Systems Analysis in DDR&E, was the original GSwE2009
sponsor. "Our nation has a critical shortfall of mid- to
upper-tier software engineers," said Baldwin, who wants to
aid the broad adoption of GSwE2009. "Setting the foundation
and competencies for software engineering education is a key
element of our human capital strategy."
To achieve their objective, the software engineering
education experts used baselines of current software
engineering master's programs, public reviews to collect
comments from the wider software engineering community, and
participation of software engineering stakeholders from
industry, government, and academia.
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