Engr 692-06: Special Topics in Engineering Science
Due Thursday, 13 September, 8:00 a.m.
This is an individual assignment, which you must complete in
accordance with the instructions given in the
Professional Conduct and
Assignments sections of
the Syllabus .
Write a critique of ONE of the following papers (with which the
instructor has provided you copies):
- Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. "No Silver Bullet--Essence and Accidents
of Software Engineering," IEEE Computer, April 1987.
- D. L. Parnas. "On the Criteria to Be Used in Decomposing Systems
into Modules," Communications of the ACM, Vol. 15,
No. 12, pp. 1053-1058, December 1972.
(Chapter 7 of Software Fundamentals.)
- D. L. Parnas. "On the Design and Development of Program
Families," IEEE Transactions on Software
Engineering, Vol. SE-2, No. 1, pp. 1-9, March 1976.
(Chapter 10 of Software Fundamentals.)
- K. H. Britton, R. A. Parker, and D. L. Parnas. "A Procedure for
Designing Abstract Interfaces for Device Interface Modules,"
Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on
Software Engineering, pp. 195-204, March 1981.
(Chapter 15 of Software Fundamentals.)
- D. L. Parnas. "Designing Software for Ease of Extension and
Contraction," IEEE Transactions on Software
Engineering, Vol. SE-5, No. 1, pp. 128-138, March 1979.
(Chapter 14 of Software Fundamentals.)
- D. L. Parnas, P. C. Clements, and D. M. Weiss. "The Modular
Structure of Complex Systems," IEEE Transactions on
Software Engineering, Vol. SE-11, No. 3, pp. 259-266,
(Chapter 16 of Software Fundamentals.)
- D. Garlan, R. Allen, and J. Ockerbloom. "Architectural
Mismatch: Why Reuse is So Hard," IEEE Software,
Vol. 12, No. 6, November 1995.
Create your critique with a word processor (e.g., Microsoft Word) or
text formatter (e.g., LaTeX). Use doublespacing and typical margins
left, right, top, bottom (e.g., 1 inch or 1.5 inches). Use a font
size of 10 or 11.
The paper should be approximately two pages in length and be written
in grammatically correct English sentences with good paragraph
structure. The writing should follow normally scholarly practices.
That is, the words should be yours, not something you copied off the
internet or out of a book or journal. Where you do use words from
some source, use appropriate quotation marks and citations of your
Use the handouts the instructor gave you as suggestions on how to
approach this assignment.
Your paper will be evaluated based both on its idea content and its
When complete, turn in a printed paper to the professor on the due
date. You likely will be asked to turn in an electronic copy on
Blackboard, but that is not set up yet.
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