SWE 432 Assignment 4
Fall 2013
Essay: Science and Engineering : Due 9/24


We (engineers) build (software) systems like the Wright brothers built airplanes: build the whole thing; push it off a cliff; let it crash; and start all over again.
— R. M. Graham [1970]
A science is any discipline in which the fool of this generation can go beyond the point reached by the genius of the last generation.
— Max Gluckman

This writing assignment will be more valuable if you work with one partner. You may work alone, but you will learn more from this exercise if you collaborate. If you work with a partner, submit the same report and put both names on the report. Post your homework assignment on BOTH class websites before class starts on the due date.

For this homework, you will write a short essay. You will read the professor's paper on web fault severities, and compare its analysis to the definitions and concerns of fault severity found in Chapter 4 of the Nielsen textbook.

How are the two severity analyses similar? Is one a subset of the other? How would you choose which faults to fix if you knew their severity? Which metric would you use?

Your essay should be about 1-2 pages. This assignment will be worth 15 points, to be given based on how well you answer the questions above.

This should take about 1-3 hours (to read the paper and write the essay). If it takes more, then you need more practice writing.

As before, submit your report by making a link to it on your class website. If you work with a partner, both of your websites should link to your report. Both of you must turn in the same report and both names must be present.

Submit your report by making a link to it on your class website. Your file should have the name assignment4.html. If you work with a partner, submit links from both of your websites, but put both of your names somewhere easily visible. This assignment will be worth 12 points; three points for each of the four questions.

Making your report available to me and the TA is your responsibility; if we cannot access your file then you will not get credit. Be sure to test access to your file before the due date.



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