CIS 580 Term Paper
Due Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
5PM (in class)
Your assignment is to select and review a current publication in the field
of software engineering. Specifically:
- Select a software engineering paper published in a peer reviewed journal or conference proceedings
within the last four years.
- The paper you select should present original research, not a review of others' work. In other words,
you should not write a review of a review.
I suggest you start by using the UMass Dartmouth Library's
journal locator to search for journals containing the words
"Software Engineering" in the title. Two of the best journals are
ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology and
IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering.
Many of the software engineering journals are available from the library online and others are only in print.
Another place to search for a paper is in a digital library such ACM Digital Library or
IEEE Xplore Digital Library. You can access these from the UMass Dartmouth Library's
article and database finder
- You can also try using a search engine such as Google, but make sure that the paper
you find was published in a legitimate peer reviewed journal or conference.
- You should expect to expend a significant effort selecting a paper of interest. Part of the
purpose of the assignment is for you to explore the current literature. If you are in doubt
about the suitability of a paper, you can check with me.
- Write a review of the paper (around 5 pages) that includes the following information:
- Which topics discussed in the lecture does this paper relate to? What problem(s)
are the authors attempting to solve? (around one page)
- Give a brief summary of the results presented in this paper. (around two pages)
- What new contribution(s) does the paper make to the field of software engineering? (around
- Give your analysis of the paper. In your opinion, what is the value of this paper?
What impact will it have on the practice of software engineering in the immediate
future? What will be the long term impact? Why? (around one page)
Your original analysis is the most important part. Support your position with
facts you have learned in class, or from other outside sources. Do not just repeat
the arguments of the paper's authors.
- Turn in your review along with a copy of the reviewed paper in hard copy.