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Aerospace Engineering (AERSP)

AERSP 440 Introduction to Software Engineering for Aerospace Engineers (3) Software engineering for safety- and mission-critical systems, including requirements, management, processes, designs, programming, validation/ verification, and other aspects of software development.

AERSP 440 Introduction to Software Engineering for Aerospace Engineers (3)

This course is an introduction to software engineering. Software engineering includes all aspects of professional software production, and is especially important for safety-critical and mission-critical software. It includes documentation, management, processes, requirements, design models, computer programs, validation, verification, and other aspects of the development process.

Aerospace systems, including aircraft, spacecraft, onboard avionics, ground-based systems, flight simulators, and air transportation systems, rely heavily on software. Software is a major cost of all aerospace systems. For example, the Boeing 777 has more than 1000 onboard processors and more than 4 million lines of software which is primarily written in Ada. The F/A-22 fighter has more than 2 million lives of software onboard, and much of this is Ada also.

Aerospace systems also demand a level of reliability far beyond that of most other systems, which means the software must be designed using rigorous mission-critical and safety-critical procedures, which makes the software quite unique compared to most other software. The FAA and DOD are both involved in certifying aircraft software, for example, through the DO-178B and DOD-2168 standards.

This course is required option in Aerospace Engineering (take one of AERSP 440, E E 305, or E E 210). If not taken to satisfy that requirement, it can be used as a technical elective.

This course is a required option in Aerospace Engineering (take one of AERSP 440, E E 305, or E E 210).  If not taken to satisfy that requirement, it can be used as a technical elective.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: CMPSC 201 orCMPSC 202

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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