PV258 Software Requirements Engineering

Faculty of Informatics
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Bruno Rossi, PhD (lecturer), doc. RNDr. Tomáš Pitner, Ph.D. (deputy)
Guaranteed by
doc. RNDr. Eva Hladká, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Systems and Communications - Faculty of Informatics
Supplier department: Department of Computer Systems and Communications - Faculty of Informatics
Mon 14:00–15:50 A218
No prerequisites are compulsory. The students are expected to have an understanding of software development models and different UML diagram types (as taught in the PB007 Software Engineering course). The course is taught entirely in the English language.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 40 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 4/40, only registered: 0/40, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/40
Course objectives
Objectives of the course are to:
- provide an overview of different Software Requirements types (functional vs non-functional (quality), constraints, business requirements, business rules, user and system requirements);
- explain the Software Requirements Process (ISO/IEC/IEEE 29148 Standard for Requirements Engineering) also in agile contexts;
- provide the instruments for the definition of user requirements;
- describe different software requirements elicitation modalities;
- provide approaches for requirements analysis and verification & validation;
- provide approaches to manage requirements prioritization;
- provide approaches for software requirements effort estimation;
- describe the software architecture and the relevance in the context of software requirements.
- describe how to decompose system models: abstraction, & different system views for the definition of the software architecture from the requirements;
- describe how to model Non-Functional Requirements (NFR);
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students will:
- have a clear understanding about processes, tools and techniques used in requirements engineering;
- understand the concepts of software requirements elicitation, modelling, validation and verification;
- be able to model software requirements rigorously according to the latest requirements engineering standards;
- be able to conduct a prioritization process for software requirements according to different approaches;
- be able to make a reasoned choice about the best approach for requirements modelling given the context of a project;
- be able to proper manage requirements and their quality concerns;
- understand the differences between different requirements modelling approaches (agile and non-agile);
- be able to generate and maintain a software requirements specification document
  • - Software Requirements types (functional vs non-functional (quality), constraints, business requirements, business rules, user and system requirements);
    - The Software Requirements Process (ISO/IEC/IEEE 29148 Standard for Requirements Engineering);
    - Business Requirements: vision, scope, context diagram, ecosystem maps, events lists, feature trees, the goal-design scale;
    - User Requirements: User Stories & Use cases modelling;
    - Requirements elicitation modalities: Stakeholders Analysis, design/brainstorming workshops, prototyping, pilot experiments, cost/benefit & risk analysis;
    - Requirements analysis. (C)lass (R)esponsability (C)ollaborators cards. Linking Requirements to UML Analysis Models;
    - Requirements Verification & Validation: Consistency checks, CRUD checks, Acceptance Testing;
    - Managing requirements prioritization. Analytic Hierarchy (AHP) process, Software Quality Deployment Function (SQFD), the Agile Planning Game;
    - Requirements Effort estimation & Project Velocity: Early models of effort estimation (LOCs based). Three modalities of estimation: COCOMO II, k-Nearest Neighbour, Planning Poker;
    - Emergence of the software architecture from requirements. Decomposing system models: abstraction, & different system views. The Attribute-Driven Design (ADD) Method;
    - Modelling Non-Functional Requirements (NFR): SQuaRE (Software product Quality Requirements and Evaluation) & ISO/IEC 25010;
    - From Lean to Agile Methodologies. Overview of SCRUM, XP, and other agile approaches in relation to Requirements Engineering;
  • LEFFINGWELL, Dean. Agile software requirements : lean requirements practices for teams, programs, and the enterprise. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Addison-Wesley, 2011. xxxv, 518. ISBN 9780321635846. info
  • BASS, Len, Paul CLEMENTS and Rick KAZMAN. Software architecture in practice. 2nd ed. Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2003. xxii, 528. ISBN 0321154959. info
  • LAUESEN, S. Software Requirements: Styles & Techniques. : Addison-Wesley Professional, 2002. ISBN 978-0-201-74570-2. info
Teaching methods
Frontal lectures and a small interesting group project developed during lectures to see the practical application of theory and techniques seen during the course;
Assessment methods
100 minutes examination with questions about the material seen during the course.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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