CS 501
Software Engineering
Fall 2000

Code of Practice

Software engineering is a collaborative activity. Throughout the course, you are encouraged to work with others, to share ideas and collaborate in problem sharing, except on those tasks where individual work is explicitly required. However, you are expected to follow professional practice and give proper attribution to all contributors.

  1. Where a group of people work together on a task or subtask, all should be named on the work products. Usually, people should be listed in alphabetical order, but team leaders can be identified specifically.
  2. People outside the group who contribute to part of a task should be acknowledged, with a short statement of what they contributed. (E.g., "X provided comments on the first draft of this report" or "the method used in this sections was suggested by Y".)
  3. Work that is taken from external sources, such as published materials or the source code of other programs, should be referenced.

To make use of the expertise of others and to build on previous work, with proper attribution, is good professional practice. To use the efforts of others without attribution is professionally unethical and academically is plagiarism.

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William Y. Arms

Last changed: August 15, 2000