Making Software Quality Assurance A Hidden Agenda?
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Making software quality assurance a hidden agenda? M. Woodman Computing Department, Open University, Walton Hall, ABSTRACT This article discusses the need to introduce notions of software quality, project management and standards early in a curriculum that is used by large numbers for vocational training. The experience is reported of teaching at a distance the ideas of software quality assurance, validation to a standard, and requirements for quality control in safety-critical systems. It is then argued that such notions can and should be taught in an introductory course on software engineering, while admitting that the most likely method for implementing such a strategy involves submerging difficult concepts at least until students have gained considerable experience. The paper describes how this is being done. BACKGROUND The Open University is the United Kingdom's university for distance learning. It also offers its programmes of study throughout continental Europe. In 1992 t