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Title: Designing and analyzing open application-oriented labs in software-verification education
Language: English
Authors: Rogalla, Antje  
Kamph, Timo 
Bulmann, Ulrike 
Billerbeck, Katrin 
Blumreiter, Mathias 
Schupp, Sibylle 
Editor: Zentrum für Lehre und Lernen ZLL 
Keywords: Application-oriented teaching; Software education; Complex Problem Solving
Issue Date: Sep-2020
Publisher: SEFI, European Society for Engineering Education
Source: Annual Conference University of Twente (SEFI 2020)
Abstract (english): 
The daily work of a software engineer frequently includes the design and implementation of systems in non-software-engineering disciplines, like medical technology, often in interdisciplinary teams. In order to successfully select and apply the appropriate theoretical concept to perform the task, it is necessary to understand the actual problem, possibly outside one’s personal subject area, and to find an appropriate abstraction. However, software-engineering education often focuses on the theoretical concepts alone, ignoring the necessary skills to solve interdisciplinary tasks.We argue that the use of open, application-oriented labs creates a synergetic effect in understanding of theoretical concepts and the ability to apply them to solve practical issues. The subject of this study is a lab in the master’s program module “Software Verification” at a German university of technology. Therein, student groups solve openly-formulated, application-oriented modeling tasks in the field of medical technology. In this paper, we present the design and an analysis of this lab by means of a student questionnaire after completion of the lab and a document analysis of 32 laboratory reports. Our survey results show that more than 90 % of the respondents state that the practical labs helped them to understand the theoretical content of the lectures. The evaluation of the lab reports shows that around half of the student groups were able to understand, abstract, and model the task correctly. We conclude that the inclusion of open, application-oriented labs in software-engineering education is beneficial to both, understanding of theoretical concepts and ability to solve interdisciplinary tasks.
Conference: SEFI 48th Annual Conference of European Society for Engineering Education 
ISBN: 978-2-87352-020-5
Institute: Softwaresysteme E-16 
Zentrum für Lehre und Lernen ZLL 
Document Type: Chapter/Article (Proceedings)
Project: LearnING - Ingenieurbildung für die Anforderungen der Gesellschaft im 21. Jahrhundert 
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More Funding information: Technische Universität Hamburg, i3 Lab Initiative
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