|Authors||A. I. Wang, E. Arisholm and L. Jaccheri|
|Title||Educational Approach to an Experiment in a Software Archiecture Course|
|Publication Type||Proceedings, refereed|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Conference Name||20th Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T 2007)|
|Publisher||IEEE Computer Society|
This paper reports experiences from an experiment in a software architecture course where the focus was both on giving students valuable education as well as getting important empirical results. The paper describes how the experiment was integrated in the course, and presents an evaluation of the experiment from an educational point of view. Further, the paper reflects on the costs and the benefits of carrying out an experiment in the context of a software architecture course for the involved stakeholders namely the researchers, the students, and the instructors. The main results show that we managed to integrate the experiment in the course, that the students learned several aspects of software architecture through the experiment, and that the main motivation for putting effort into the experiment was to prove own skills. We also describe some guidelines for planning and executing experiments as a part of a software engineering course.