Summary: Session T1A
978-1-4244-1970-8/08/$25.00 ©2008 IEEE October 22 25, 2008, Saratoga Springs, NY
ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference
The "Soft" Topics in Software Engineering
Mark A. Ardis, Stephen V. Chenoweth, and Frank H. Young
Abstract - Engineering educators struggle with "soft"
topics topics which include a social element. Soft
engineering topics are distinct from the scientific and
mathematical underpinnings of engineering. Students
frequently complain when these topics are integrated
into engineering curricula. Engineering educators also
express concerns that they lack both preparation and
ability to teach these topics.
Software engineering educators have an even greater
problem. More soft topics need to be included in a good
software engineering program. Furthermore, software