Computer Society Endorses Curricula Guidelines

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 17 November 2009 – The IEEE Computer Society Board of Directors has endorsed new graduate curricula guidelines in software engineering.

Graduate Software Engineering 2009 (GSwE2009) provides guidelines and recommendations for any master’s level program in software engineering worldwide. It reflects new understandings in how to build software; how software engineering depends on systems engineering; and how software engineering education is influenced by specific technological domains, such as telecommunications and defense systems. The guidelines have already been endorsed by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and the US-based National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Division.

Championed by the Computer Society’s Educational Activities Board, the guidelines make use of the Computer Society’s Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge. The EAB also recently worked with ACM to produce a “Report of the Joint ACM and IEEE-CS Committee on Masters Degree Programs in Europe and the United States.” Unlike GSwE2009, the report doesn’t provide actual curricula. Rather, it describes the structure of master’s programs in the USA and Europe. This document is intended to be of service to those who plan joint US-European educational initiatives at a graduate level.

The IEEE Computer Society offers two software development certifications, the entry-level Certified Software Development Associate and the mid-career Certified Software Development Professional credential.

In addition, the Computer Society is currently refreshing the SWEBOK Guide, adding new knowledge areas and revising others to align it with current curriculum and industry practices. Developed concurrently, the SWEBOK Guide, the Software Engineering 2004 (SE2004) curriculum guide, and the CSDP certification each provided a characterization of the discipline of software engineering. Despite nearly independent development, the three instruments agreed to a remarkable extent. A primary purpose of the current revision of the SWEBOK Guide is to perfect the correspondence between the three items.

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology. The Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, certifications, and online courses.

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