IEEE Computer Society Debuts Software Engineering Assessment Series

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 12 May, 2011 – The IEEE Computer Society has launched a series of software engineering self-assessment courses that will greatly benefit technology professionals seeking continuing education credits as well as corporations in need of professional training options.

The courses in the IEEE Computer Society Software Engineering Assessment Series (SEAS) are aligned to the knowledge areas found in the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK Guide). As part of the IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL), SEAS courses earn both Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

The courses are designed to support experienced, professional software engineers who are at the level of the Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) credential. The first four courses in the series have been launched—Software Requirements, Software Design, Software Construction, and Software Testing. The remainder will be available by the end of the year. Each one-hour course costs $70 for IEEE or Computer Society members or $105 for nonmembers. To see the current course catalog, visit http://ieee-elearning.org/.

Each course consists of several subtopics that fully review one or more SWEBOK Guide knowledge areas. Quizzes are presented within every subtopic to measure the student’s comprehension of the topic. Upon completion of a quiz (or the complete assessment course), a student will be presented with recommended references and further reading.

”These courses help software engineering professionals strengthen their credentials by identifying their knowledge gaps and providing information on how to learn more in those areas,” said Dennis Frailey, chair of the Computer Society Professional Development Committee and a former Principal Fellow for Raytheon Corp.

The SEAS courses can help software engineers:
• Earn CEU/PDH credits in standard software engineering topics,
• Gain additional knowledge in a particular SWEBOK knowledge area,
• Identify knowledge gaps (and appropriate reference material) so they can strengthen their professional qualifications,
• Prepare for the IEEE Computer Society CSDP certification,
• Earn credits towards CSDP recertification, and
• Demonstrate knowledge proficiency for career advancement.

SEAS courses will also be useful to help corporations:
• Introduce a new professional development option for employees,
• Measure staff software developers’ knowledge in a particular knowledge area,
• Develop and maintain a knowledgeable workforce,
• Protect the investment in the company workforce, and
• Establish and maintain process efficiencies by employing best practices in the software life cycle.

The assessment series is part of a portfolio of certification and training tools that the IEEE Computer Society provides for software professionals. For more information, visit http://www.computer.org/getcertified. Besides the CSDP credential for mid-career professionals, the Computer Society offers the Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for entry-level software developers. For more information on the CSDA, see http://www.computer.org/portal/web/certification/csda.

In a world where software is pervasive, the need for skilled, competent, software development professionals is greater than ever. Certification can help graduates bridge the gap between their education and work requirements and verify their understanding of fundamental software development practices. For professionals, a certification can confirm proficiency in established software development practices and demonstrate commitment and professionalism. Employers can use employee certifications to standardize software development practices and protect their investment in a competent and proficient workforce.

Both of the Computer Society’s certifications are based on the SWEBOK Guide, an internationally recognized guide to the generally accepted body of knowledge that a software engineer should possess. Its 15 knowledge areas summarize basic concepts and include a reference list pointing to sources of detailed information. The Guide is available for purchase as a PDF or free in an HTML version. The SWEBOK Guide is also available as an ISO Technical Report.

The IEL features high-quality content from IEEE and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Included is access to all IEEE/IET journals, conference proceedings and active standards—30 percent of the world’s current literature in electrical engineering, computer science and related technologies. IEEE Xplore members will have full access to all IEEE Computer Society courses in the Xplore Library.

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 IEEE’s 38 societies, 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. For more information, visit http://www.computer.org.

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