Full-scale Software Engineering


Software engineering is a central area of study and research. Though, classes often do not exceed topics like requirements engineering, software design, implementation, testing, and project management. In brief, the topics focus on the core activities to develop the software. However, software engineers have to tackle more obstacles in order to develop, ship and operate software. This seminar introduces students to software engineering activities, problems, and practices that go beyond the topics taught in classes.

Possible topics addressed this year:
  • Analyzing the Behavior of Software Architecture
  • Describing the Evolution of Software Architecture
  • Architectural Paradigms for the Internet of Things
  • Technical Debt Repayment
  • Code Quality Management tools
  • Enterprise Architecture Management related topics
    • e.g. alignment of IT-Security and EAM or
    • applying continuous delivery techniques to the field of EAM

Seminar Concept

While this seminar also teaches students how to write a scientific paper and present it, the main goal of this seminar is to bring students closer to research. Consequently, the addressed topics are emerging questions in current research that will be tackled by students and supervisors. Moreover, this seminar will be conducted in a conference-like style. In the process, students will learn to search for literature, gasp a research problem, use a popular conference management tool, review papers of fellow students, and prepare a good and straight-to-the-point presentation.

  1. Kick-off meeting: First meeting to discuss the research question, direction, and strategy
  2. Research and find your topic
  3. Discuss topic, literature, etc. with supervisor
  4. Narrow your research question
  5. Discuss outline and related work with supervisor
  6. Submit an abstract to a conference management system
  7. Submit a draft version of a paper to your supervisor
  8. Submit first version to the conference management system
  9. Review two other papers
  10. Polish your paper and submit final version to the conference management system
  11. Create, review with supervisor, and submit a presentation for the paper
  12. Present your paper at the end


Here are the preliminary dates and deadlines (iCAL file):

  • 18.10.2016 12:15-13:45 Kick-off meeting in room 9222 (E3)
  • 19.-21.10.2016 Appointment with supervisor: Discuss topic, literature, etc.
  • 02.-04.11.2016 Appointment with supervisor: Discuss outline and related work
  • 11.11.2016 Deadline: Submit abstract to EasyChair
  • 02.12.2016 Deadline: Email draft version of your paper to your supervisor
  • 07.-09.12.2016 Appointment with supervisor: Feedback on draft version
  • 23.12.2017 Deadline: Submit first version of your paper to EasyChair
  • 13.01.2017 Deadline: Submit reviews to EasyChair
  • 17.01.2017 12:15-13:45 Academic Presenting (part 1) in room 9222 (E3)
  • 20.01.2017 Deadline: Submit final version of your paper to EasyChair
  • 23.01.2017 Deadline: Email draft presentation to your supervisor
  • 24.01.2017 12:15-13:45 Academic Presenting (part 2) in room 9222 (E3)
  • 25.-27.01.2017 Appointment with supervisor: Feedback on presentation draft
  • 06.02.2017 Deadline: Submit final presentation to EasyChair
  • 09.02.2017 (09:00-18:00) Presentations in room 9u09 (E3)

Note that all appointments, i.e., the kick-off meeting (in the beginning), the academic presenting workshop, the presentation days (in the end), and your appointments with your supervisor are mandatory!


  • Application: A brief motivation (instead of courses and grades)
  • Strong interest in software engineering
  • Strong interest in research
  • Basic LaTeX knowledge
  • Write and talk in English


  • 1 research vision (short abstract in English)
  • 6-pages paper on a research topic (in English)
  • 2 reviews of 2 follow students’ papers (in English)
  • 1 presentation (in English)
  • 2 discussion questions (for 2 presentations)
  • Attend kick-off meeting
  • Attend all appointments with the supervisor
  • Attend Academic Presenting I+II
  • Attend all presentations of FsSE 2017 and AoST 2017


Ana Nicolaescu, M. Sc. seminar@swc.rwth-aachen.de

Course information

Course type



Winter semester 2016/2017

Course language
  • English
Course level
  • Bachelor
  • Master
Credit points 1


1: The actual number of credit points can vary depending on the study program's examination regulation version. Consult your examination regulation's module catalog or the campus information system to see the valid number of credit points.