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Can Software Engineering be Taught by Making (and) Music? a proposed empirical study

Gold, N; Himonides, E; (2018) Can Software Engineering be Taught by Making (and) Music? a proposed empirical study. In: Himonides, E and King, A and Cuadrado, F, (eds.) Proceedings of Researching Music - Education - Technology (MET 2018). (pp. pp. 169-172). International Music Education (iMerc) Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The work proposed here centres on materializing core concepts of software engineering (e.g. version management, architecture, the interplay between functional and non-functional requirements, the need to think at both small and large scale simultaneously, user interaction and design constraints, as well as project management) in design thinking through the creation of physical instruments, and their subsequent translation (by introducing the crucial engineering concepts of abstraction and abstract representation) into a combination of software-based digital instruments with physical controllers. The hope is that by doing so, the thinking skills that benefit software engineering (beyond programming) can be developed through physical, not just mental practice. More broadly, students can engage with other aspects of their curriculum (physics, art, design etc) and bring these to bear in an integrated way.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Can Software Engineering be Taught by Making (and) Music? a proposed empirical study
Event: Researching Music - Education - Technology (MET 2018)
Location: Senate House, University of London, London, UK
Dates: 26 March 2018 - 27 March 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-905351-37-4
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.imerc.org/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: making, programming, software engineering, LEGO
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10046446
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