Developing competencies for software requirements analysis through project based learning

Rene Noel, Roberto Munoz, Carlos Becerra, Rodolfo Villarroel

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Abstract

The course 'Software Analysis Methodologies' of Computer Science career at the University of Valparaiso has among its objectives to contribute to the development of competencies related to software requirements analysis. Traditionally, through the course the students applied methods and techniques for software requirements analysis in a project with real stakeholders. Nonetheless, this activities were performed outside the classroom, not allowing the teacher to assess the performance of critical competencies, not only related to the application of software engineering knowledge, but also related to the articulation of skills such as obtaining requirements through interviews, information organization and modeling, peer communication, analysis and validation using technical language, conflict management with stakeholders, and requirements validation with stakeholders using nontechnical language. This paper presents the approach of project-based learning with work activities with real stakeholders in classes. As result it has managed to continuously assess the development of skills, a pass rate of 96%, and the achievement of learning outcomes validated by a real counterpart (stakeholder), and also by the teacher and teammates. Also, this initiative shows the articulation of two Institutional Improvement Projects funded by the Ministry of Education, for STEM teaching methodologies, and for the application of Information Technology in the classroom.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 35th International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society, SCCC 2016
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781509033393
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event35th International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society, SCCC 2016 - Valparaiso, Chile
Duration: 10 Oct 201614 Oct 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society, SCCC
ISSN (Print)1522-4902

Conference

Conference35th International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society, SCCC 2016
Country/TerritoryChile
CityValparaiso
Period10/10/1614/10/16

Keywords

  • Project Based Learning
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Software Engineering Education

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