CS 180 - Introduction to Software Engineering
Winter 2012


ProfessorDr. Iulian Neamtiu
Office hours: TR    3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Winston Chung Hall room 412
TAMasoud Akhoondi
Office hours: T    3:40 p.m. - 4:40 p.m., F    12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Winston Chung Hall room 465
LecturesTR    2:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Pierce Hall (PRCE) room 3374
Lab  R    6:10 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Winston Chung Hall room 129
GradingProject (50%) + Final exam (25%) + Midterm (20%) + Quizzes (5%)
TextbookFundamentals of Software Engineering (2nd edition) by Ghezzi, Jazayeri, Mandrioli. Book website.
MidtermFeb 7
Final examMarch 23
Prerequisites CS 014 AND CS 100
iLearn page

Catalog description: A study of software engineering techniques for the development, maintenance, and evolution of large software systems. Topics include requirements and specification; system design and implementation; debugging, testing, and quality assurance; reengineering; project management; software process; tools; and environments.


The schedule might change during the quarter so check this page often!

Day Date Topic Reading Notes
Tue Jan 10 Introduction Chapter 1  
Thu Jan 12 Software: Its Nature and Qualities
Software Engineering Principles
Chapters 2, 3  
Tue Jan 17 The Software Production Process Chapter 7 (sections 7.1--7.6)
How Microsoft Builds Software (available freely from the campus network)
video: Facebook Push Tech Talk
Thu Jan 19 Rapid Software Development
(includes Extreme Programming)
Tue Jan 24 Specification Chapter 5 (sections 5.1--5.5.1)  
Thu Jan 26 Finite State Machines
Petri Nets
Chapter 5 (sections 5.5.3 and 5.5.4)  
Tue Jan 31 First Order Logic (optional) PDF  
Thu Feb 2 Logic Specification Section 5.6.2 (up to, and including,  
Tue Feb 7 Midterm    
Thu Feb 9 Design and Software Architecture Chapter 4 (sections 4.1--4.2.2)
On the Criteria To Be Used in Decomposing Systems into Modules by David L. Parnas
(available freely from the campus network)
Tue Feb 14 Design Notation, Abstraction and Refinement Chapter 4 (sections 4.2.3--4.2.6)  
Thu Feb 16 Verification: Introduction Chapter 6 (up to  
Tue Feb 21 Structural (White-box) Testing Section 6.3.4 (up to, and including,  
Thu Feb 23 Functional (Black-box) Testing
Testing in the large
Chapter 6 (sections
Notes on equivalence class testing
Tue Feb 28 Verification: Program Analysis Section 6.4 (omit and
An Axiomatic Basis for Computer Programming by C.A.R. Hoare
(available freely from the campus network)
Thu Mar 1 Symbolic Execution Sections 6.5 (omit 6.5.2) and 6.7  
Tue Mar 6 Management of Software Engineering
Tools and Environments
Chapter 8 (sections 8.1, 8.2 (up to, and including, and 8.3)
Section 9.3
Thu Mar 8 Review Ariane 5: Who Dunnit?
(available freely from the campus network)
Tue Mar 13 Project presentations    
Thu Mar 15 Project presentations    
Fri Mar 23 Final Exam    


Details on iLearn.


There will be several unannounced quizzes at the beginning of class. Quizzes are designed to test students' understanding of the material assigned in advance for that class (section or chapter in the textbook) or to reinforce material studied in previous lectures. When computing the student's final score, the lowest quiz score will be dropped. There are no make-up quizzes.


Optional books:


Attendance and basic etiquette

Students are required to attend, follow, and actively participate in all lectures and discussions. All lectures, discussions, and exams start at the stated time. Avoid being late coming to class, as this is very disruptive. Students are requested to refrain from using electronic devices (laptops, cell phones, music players, etc.) during lectures, exams, and discussions. Recording the lecture (audio or video) is prohibited.

If, for some compelling reason, you need to be on call, be sure to put your cell phone in silent mode, and excuse yourself from the class if you need to take a call. Analogously, when coming to see the instructor or the TA, please turn your cell phone off.

In class examinations

Exams should test your understanding, not your memorization, of the material. Hence, you can use your textbook and your class notes during in-class exams. However, you must check with the instructor before consulting any additional references. No laptops, iPods, cell phones, pagers, or similar devices can be used during the duration of the exam. You must do at least somewhat well in these in-class exams in order to pass the course.

Make-up policy

No quiz make-ups. No midterm make-ups per se, but if for some good reason (e.g., illness), you can't take the midterm on the official date, your final will be comprehensive. You need advance permission from the instructor for this (i.e., prior to the midterm).

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity will be strictly enforced. Any violation or suspected violation of academic integrity will be dealt with according to the UCR discipline procedure. An excellent, detailed guide to what constitutes academic dishonesty and the procedure in case of academic integrity violations is available here.

What constitutes academic dishonesty?

In short: acts including but not limited to, cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, or facilitating any of the above.

What are the penalties and sanctions for academic dishonesty?

In short: if a student is found guilty of academic dishonesty, penalties range from receiving an F for the class and adding a record of violation to the student's file, up to dismissal from the University, depending on the severity of the infraction and the number of prior violations of the integrity code.

Ignorance is no excuse.

The above information is not designed to threaten or intimidate the student. Rather, it is presented to inform the individual of the consequences. The important thing to remember is that if there is any doubt in one's mind that an act is in violation of academic integrity guidelines, then the prudent response would be not to do the act. It is a simplistic approach, to be sure, but one that will benefit both the student and the university community as a whole.

Slides used in this course are based on material provided by the textbook authors.