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Software & Systems Engineering (RCSE)

Course offered by the System and Software Engineering group, Winter semester 2014/15


  • Master "Research in Computer & Systems Engineering": mandatory course for the first semester (Module "Basic Studies")
  • 2+1 SWS (two lecture hours per week throughout the semester plus seminar), 5 LP (credit points)


  • Appointments for the oral exam can be scheduled with the secretariat of the SSE group now.
  • The lecture starts on Tuesday, October 14, at 13:00 in room HU013. All organizational issues can be discussed there.
  • The student talks start on November 11. (The "Übung" appointments in week "G" mentioned in the Vorlesungsverzeichnis contain these student seminars which are scheduled as written below)
  • Please enter your participant information in the course moodle. After the first lecture, participants should select one of the student talk topics in the moodle system until November 4. (There was an error in the configuration that did not allow enrollment, it should work now)


Introduction to advanced topics in Software Engineering and Systems Engineering (see "Lecture" for a more specific list of topics)

  • Introduction and Overview of Topics
  • Systems Engineering
  • Selected Topics in Software Engineering
  • Selected Topics in Model-Based Systems Engineering (Performance Evaluation)


  • Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Armin Zimmermann
  • Lecture: one lectures every week, Tuesday 13:00 - 14:30, seminar room HU 013 (Humboldt building), start: October 14
  • Seminar: after the lectures in room HU 201; schedule is published below.
  • Parts of the course: lecture, reading assignments, talks prepared and given by students, oral exam
  • Grading: individual oral exam after the semester, ~20-30 minutes
    • 70% exam
    • 30% student talk
  • Please contact the secretary of the group to get an appointment for the exam at the end of the semester
  • All parts of the course will be held in English

Lectures and Reading Assignments

Slides from the lectures will be made available here as PDF documents during the semester.
There may be later updates to the slides.
You can access the documents after logging into the web page (top right) with your Uni account.

Seminar and Student Talks

At scheduled dates, there is a seminar-style meeting with short talks given by the students after the lecture (15:00-16:30) in room HU201.  Planned days: 11.11., 25.11., 9.12., 6.1., 20.1., 3.2.  Assignment of topics to participants is done via moodle.

Each talk must not exceed 12 minutes excluding discussion time! Please email your presentation (either PDF or PPT format) to Prof. Zimmermann on the day before the seminar, to give all presentations using one laptop computer.

Date#TopicReading Material
20.01.201501Systems Engineering Planning and Organization Blanchard Chapter 18
02Alternatives and Models in Decision Making Blanchard Chapter 7
11.11.201403System Modeling and Trade Studies INCOSE Handbook 4.5.15 and 4.5.16
11.11.201404Security EngineeringSommerville Chapter 14
11.11.201405Dependability assuranceSommerville Chapter 15
06Optimization in Design and Operations Blanchard Chapter 9
11.11.201407Software processesSommerville Chapter 2
11.11.201408Agile Software DevelopmentSommerville Chapter 3
25.11.201409Requirements engineeringSommerville Chapter 4
25.11.201410Software architecture design Sommerville Chapter 6
25.11.201411Design and ImplementationSommerville Chapter 7
25.11.201412Software TestingSommerville Chapter 8
13Software EvolutionSommerville Chapter 9
25.11.201414Software reuseSommerville Chapter 16
09.12.201415Component-based software engineeringSommerville Chapter 17
09.12.201416Distributed Software EngineeringSommerville Chapter 18
09.12.201417Service-Oriented ArchitectureSommerville Chapter 19
09.12.201418Aspect-oriented software engineeringSommerville Chapter 21
09.12.201419Software project managementSommerville Chapter 22
20Software project planningSommerville Chapter 23
06.01.201521Configuration ManagementSommerville Chapter 25
22Discrete-Time Markov ChainsCassandras Section 7.2
06.01.2015 (Sander)23Queuing modelsCassandras Sections 8.1 – 8.4
06.01.201524The M/M/1 Queuing systemCassandras Section 8.6.1
06.01.201525The M/M/m Queuing systemCassandras Section 8.6.2
26The M/M/1/K Queuing systemCassandras Section 8.6.4
20.01.201427Petri nets with prioritiesGSPN book Chapter 4
28Modeling Flexible manufacturing SystemsGSPN book Chapter 8
29Modeling and Analysis of concurrent programsGSPN book Chapter 10
30Models of random polling systemsGSPN book Chapter 9
31Phase-Type DistributionsGSPN book chapter 7



Course reserve collection in the TU Ilmenau library - books for the course that cannot be borrowed but have to be read in the library

Supplemental reading

Further comments in the lecture.