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Requirements Engineering: a close look at industry needs and model curricula

Minor, O. and Armarego, J. (2004) Requirements Engineering: a close look at industry needs and model curricula. In: 9th Australian Workshop on Requirements Engineering, 6-7 December, 2004, Adelaide, Australia 9.1-9.10.

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Research endeavours in software development have found that failures and deficiencies of software systems are often rooted in the requirements activities undertaken. One possible cause for poor requirements activities is the appropriateness of the education of those engaged with the requirements component of software development. This education is largely based on model curricula used as guidelines. This paper summarises the results of a study of the requirements component of model curricula in the disciplines of computer science, information systems and software engineering. The requirements components are compared to the opinions of a small but representative group of practitioners, assembled through personal interviews. The results reveal that the model curricula address to a high degree the expectations practitioners have of the formal education in preparing for requirements activities. However, the results also show that practitioners see shortcomings in formal education, particularly with respect to more generic skills, such as communication and team skills.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering Science
Publisher: Australian Workshop on Requirements Engineering
Copyright: Copyright © 2004 Oliver Minor and Jocelyn Armarego
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