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TDDD30 Advanced Software Engineering



The examination of the course will be split in thre parts: theory, seminar and term paper.

Theory and seminars

The theory part is mostly covered in the Guide to SWEBOK, the overviews given in the lectures, and the articles which are referred to. You shall be active in the preparations of at least one presentation and one opposition of the seminars. You must be present at the seminars where your group is presenting or opposing. I strongly recommend you to attend, prepare questions and engage in discussions in as many seminars as possible.

The written exam covers the Guide to SWEBOK, the topics raised during the lectures, and the articles of referred to. Some typical exam questions can be found here. Two re-take opportunities will be provided, as usual. Please, consult the official exam schedule.

Link to the exam 090112

Link to the exam 090316

Link to the exam 090612

Link to the exam 090825

Link to the exam 100316

Link to the exam 100611

Link to the exam 100827

Link to the exam 110319

Link to the exam 110610

Link to the exam 110822

The exams will be appointed a Swedish grade and translated according to the policy of the university into ECTS for foreign students.

Term paper

A term paper is written individually in English or Swedish and consists of at least 4 pages of text 11-12 pt, serif font, A4-pages, excluding reference list, figures and tables. The paper shall demonstrate that you can put several sources together into a stand-alone description of a topic within the course. Typical papers describe a review of a research area, compare two approaches to the same problem or describe the links between your favorite technical subject and Software Engineering. Also results from smaller investigations, such as expert interviews and experiments fit in this category. It is very important that all facts and most important concepts can be traced to its sources. It is only in the Discussion section where you are allowed to make suggestions outside of the scope of your references. Discuss the choice of the subject with the course leader before starting writing. All text in the paper shall be authored by yourself, except for the use of a few direct quotations. Such quotations shall be indicated appropriately. Please note that it is not allowed to take an existing paper and rephrase the wording to avoid discovery. Please ask the examiner if anything is unclear. The language and layout shall be good.

It is possible to plan a more ambitious term paper and get a higher grade.. Discuss the plans and agree on the goal criteria with the course leader before starting writing.

A grade 3 paper accounts for a single topic or a comparison of two topics. It references 2-3 good sources and the language is understandable. 4 pages is expected excluding figures and references.

A typical grade 4 paper covers at least 10 references or a larger investigation and is very well-written. A book-review can also be applicable to grade 4. More than 4 pages might be needed.

A typical grade 5 paper is a level 4 paper written as a scientific article, in the sense that there is a research question, method & validity discussion and a well-formulated conclusion. You must have some own contribution that shall be explicitly written..

In short you can say that more quantity is the difference between grade 3 and 4, and more scientific quality and own contribution are the differences between grade 4 and 5.

A draft version is highly recommeded to get some feed-back of improvement The deadline for the draft submission of term papers is 20 March 2012 at 12:00. Send a mail with an attachment, preferrably in .doc or docx format. If this is not possible, a PDF will do.

If you must or want to revise the paper after receiving the feed-back of the draf, the deadline for final submission is 25 May 2012 at 12:00. No completion is possible.

The earlier you submitt your drafts, the earlier you will get the feed-back.

Detailed instructions for final submission will follow.

Detailed instructions for final submission

  1. Prepare your manuscript.
  2. Add the following text at the end of the paper:
  3. "I promise that I have written this term paper myself and that I have handled references and quotations according to the instructions on the course home page.”
  4. Save in a well-known file format. The best is .doc-files created by MS Word, AbiWord, OpenOffice etc. If you use a pdf-converter, please make sure that the converter doesn’t just make picture objects of your text.
  5. Submit the file as an attachment to the following email-address:
  6. krisa34.liu@analys.urkund.se This will be done for all contributions. Kristian will forward Peter’s papers to him. The deadline is 25 May at 12:00! What happens is that your paper will be checked for similarities with other sources. For more information about the Urkund-system, please consult: http://www.urkund.com/int/en/student_information.asp
  7. You will receive a receipt or an error-message from Urkund.

Final grade

Once you have passed both the written exam and the term paper you will get a final grade according to the following table:

Grade on the written exam Grade on term paper Final grade Final grade translated to ECTS
3 3 3 C
3 4 4 B
3 5 4 B
4 3 4 B
4 4 4 B
4 5 5 A
5 3 4 B
5 4 5 A
5 5 5 A

I can not promise that written exams and requirements on the term papers will be similar for more than one year at the time.

Page responsible: Kristian Sandahl
Last updated: 2010-01-04