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Software Engineering (ICT in Business)


Admission requirements



This course covers the software development process, from requirements elicitation and analysis, through specification and design, to implementation, integration, testing, and maintenance. A variety of concepts, principles, techniques, and tools are presented, encompassing topics such as software life cycle, people management, team organization, managing software quality, estimation, software requirements, software architecture, and detailed design, user interface design, software testing, and software maintenance. Although the emphasis will be on modern approaches some more traditional software engineering techniques will also be discussed. The objective of this course is to understand these stages, and identify the best practices for software development projects. Throughout this course, case studies will be presented to illustrate the application of the different methodologies and techniques applied in the software development process. Most of the lectures will include a simulation using Agile techniques in order to emphasize the topics covered in the lecture. There will be 4 reading tests, the topics included in each test will be published at least one week in advance of the test.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Understand all phases of the software process through the study of concepts, principles and techniques applied in software development projects.

  • Understand the most important best practices used in software engineering through the use of simulations and case studies.

  • Understand the current methodologies and new paradigms applied in software engineering.


The schedule can be found on the LIACS website

Detailed table of contents can be found in blackboard.

Mode of instruction

6 interactive lectures

Assessment method

Reading tests:

  • 4 reading tests.

  • 25% of the course grade.

  • 75% of the course grade.

Attendance and active class participation is required to pass this course.


Software Engineering

Reading list

The following textbook is required

  • Software Engineering: Principles and Practice, Hans van Vliet, 3rd edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2008.

The following materials will be made available online.

  • A set of papers and articles.

  • The slide handouts.

Signing up for classes and exams

You have to sign up for classes and examinations (including resits) in uSis. Check this link for more information and activity codes.

There is a limited capacity for elective students. Please contact the programme Co-ordinator

Contact information

Programme Co-ordinator ms. Judith Havelaar LL.M