Bottom-Up meets Top-Down: A New Paradigm for Software Engineering Instruction

Author:
Wm. Arthur Conklin
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Date:
01 July 2006
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College curricula for computer programming has been developed from a bottom up, primitive to system-level approach. Although efficient from a task centric viewpoint, this methodology leaves crucial learning tasks until after behavioral habits are reinforced through several courses of instruction. These habits are inadequate to meet the needs of current programming standards. The current learning process deemphasizes important issues such as security and testability, sacrificing them in the name of time. This paper outlines a new approach to provide a more comprehensive, systems engineering based education approach in an attempt to correct these deficiencies in the current instructional methodology.

Bottom-Up meets Top-Down: A New Paradigm for Software Engineering Instruction