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Method engineering

Website:website containing additional information
Course code:INFOME
Credits:7.5 ECTS
Period:period 4 (week 17 through 26, i.e., 26-4-2021 through 2-7-2021; retake week 28)
Participants:up till now 65 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in MyTimetable
lecture          Sietse Overbeek
Sjaak Brinkkemper
tutorial group 1        Sietse Overbeek
Contents:The learning objectives of this course are:
  • Providing of insight and skills into the systematic description, explanation and evaluation of all aspects of the methodology of ICT systems development;
  • Contributing to the collection of knowledge on method engineering;
  • Being able to work and adapt methods, techniques and tools in various applications of Method Engineering;
  • Being able to present the results of the practical work.
Target group: Master students in Business Informatics, Computer Science, Game and Media Technology, and Artificial Intelligence. Student enrolling in MBI in February are advised to follow the course directly in their first year. This course is especially meant for those who are interested in a career as researcher, business consultant, IT (software or enterprise) architect, or (project) manager.
Literature:Literature consists of selected scientific papers.
Course form:The default course rhythm consists of two 2-hour lectures and a 2-hour workshop every week, which may be slightly different in certain weeks. The rest of the work is self study. Each student will select a method or technique described in a scientific paper for which a paper will be written. Main tasks will be literature review and description of a method or technique using the meta-modeling technique of process-deliverable diagrams. The contents of this paper have to be presented in a videoclip and some deliverables will be peer reviewed and peer graded.
Exam form:See course website.
Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:Om aan de aanvullende toets te mogen meedoen moet de oorspronkelijke uitslag minstens 4 zijn.
Description:Method Engineering is defined as the engineering discipline to design, construct, and adapt methods, techniques and tools for the development of information systems. Similarly as software engineering is concerned with all aspects of software production, so is method engineering dealing with all engineering activities related to methods, techniques and tools.

Typical topics in the area of method engineering are:
  • Method description and meta-modeling
  • Method fragments, selection and assembly
  • Situational methods
  • Method frameworks, method comparison
  • Incremental methods
  • Knowledge infrastructures, meta-case, and tool support