Software Cost Estimation: A Pedagogical Proposal to Teach COCOMO

  • Gabriela Garita-González Dirección de Producción de Materiales Didácticos Universidad Nacional a Distancia UNED San José, Costa Rica
  • Fulvio Lizano-Madriz Escuela de Informática Universidad Nacional Heredia, Costa Rica
Keywords: basic COCOMO, intermedia COCOMO, software cost estimation, software engineering, pedagogical proposal

Abstract

The computer science curriculum and other related academic programs show a relevant gap on software cost estimation. Usually, curriculum models related to software development recommend the inclusion of software estimation topics without specifying any particular estimation model. In addition, software estimation models are difficult to understand and the existing examples are often vague, and this without considering actual contexts. In this paper we present a pedagogical proposal to teach COCOMO in its basic and intermediate modalities, oriented to the magnitude of the final product. The model includes six sections required for a proper pedagogical approach. First, the theoretical background is explained in a very simple way. Then, there is a presentation of an actual case study, several examples, a pedagogical approach, and the respective analysis. This work is important because it is now possible to teach the software cost estimation topic by using a practical model contextualized in an actual case.

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Published
2018-01-30
How to Cite
Garita-González, G., & Lizano-Madriz, F. (2018). Software Cost Estimation: A Pedagogical Proposal to Teach COCOMO. Uniciencia, 32(1), 118-133. https://doi.org/10.15359/ru.32-1.8
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Original scientific papers (evaluated by academic peers)