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Information Systems and Software Engineering Seminar

Code: EIC0099     Acronym: SESI

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Software Engineering
OFICIAL Information Systems

Instance: 2014/2015 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
E-learning page: https://moodle.fe.up.pt/
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Informatics and Computing Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIEIC 20 Syllabus since 2009/2010 5 - 6 56 162

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Ademar Manuel Teixeira de Aguiar 2,00
Raul Fernando de Almeida Moreira Vidal 1,00

Teaching language



Software engineers affect society by creating applications. These applications produce value for users, but sometimes produce also discomfort and even disasters, when they fail to operate within the minimal level of quality they are supposed.

Software engineers build software that people use for different purposes, which pressures them to solve problems in new ways, and emphasizing different characteristics, such as security, usability, scalability, reliability, accessibility, efficiency, or correctness. For example, consumer software emphasizes low cost, medical software emphasizes high quality, and web software emphasizes rapid development.

The fundamental objective of this course unit is to learn, discuss, and draft solutions for issues raised by the influence of software engineering and software usage on people and society.

Learning outcomes and competences

Students will gain familiarity with the wide influence that software has on several application areas that impact on the life quality and the person and the society.

In addition, we expect that the students may acquire knowledge and skills on the various roles related with seminars: speaker, reviewer, organizer.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Knowledge in software development.


Identification of application areas that are more influenced by software nowadays.
For each area addresed:
- identification and discussion of key software quality factors with higher impact on the application area;
- identification and critical analysis of good and bad examples, and best practices of software engineering on how software influences the person and society;
- brainstorming and proposal of novel approaches to address the software issues.

Mandatory literature

ed. by Richard H. Thayer, Merlin Dorfman and Mark J. Christensen; Software engineering. ISBN: 0-7695-1555-X (vol. 1)

Teaching methods and learning activities

Formal lectures by invited speakers and students addressing the topics of the program aforementioned, followed by a period of public discussion, and synthesis posted to the course website.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 10,00
Prova oral 50,00
Trabalho escrito 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 80,00
Frequência das aulas 42,00
Trabalho de campo 40,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

By distributed evaluation.

Calculation formula of final grade

10% for individual performance
50% for presentation and discussion
40% for produced materials

Examinations or Special Assignments


Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Same as regular students.

Classification improvement

Possible with additional assignment.


The seminars distribution and planning can be consulted in the Moodle e-learning center, at the following URL: https://moodle.fe.up.pt/1112/mod/ouwiki/view.php?id=4046

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