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Department of Informatics s.e.a.l

Human Aspects of Software Engineering

Course Description

Software is built by humans. To ensure adequate quality in the final product, we need to create systems that humans can understand and reason about. We know systems grow to be very large in terms of the amount of code, models, artifacts, documentation amongst other things. This course investigates how we can ensure the human ingenuity and smarts is being amplified by the processes and tools used rather than the humans spending precious cognitive effort dealing with mundane or unnecessary problems.
Possible Topics:

  • biometry in software development
  • quantitative & qualitative evaluation of software engineering research
  • program comprehension
  • code navigation
  • software development tools and environments

This will be a project-based course. In the first three weeks, we will read and discuss several research papers each week. Everyone in the class will have an opportunity to lead the in-class discussion (which will be part of the grade). While only one person will present each paper, it is expected that everyone will read all papers to contribute to the discussion.

You will also have to write response papers for each class in preparation and also on review for another paper.


Thomas Fritz (Instructor)

Katja Kevic (Course Assistant)

Organizational Aspects

Lecture Day and Time Monday, 10:15am 11:45am
Location 1.D.07
Credits 6.0
Submission Website OLAT!
MINF4532 VVZ Link

Grading Scheme

  • 25%: Readings, including moderation, class participation and 3 response papers
  • 55%: Project, including continuous progress, meetings, write up and presentation
  • 10%: Written critique (review) of one paper
  • 10%: Peer evaluation of two project reports