Review 5

Use the material in Chapter 3 of the Pfleeger/Atlee book to answer the questions below.

  1. Describe the process of getting your degree at CU (be it bachelor's, master's or PhD) as a work breakdown structure. Draw an activity graph for this process. What is the critical path? The answer to this question will depend on the degree chosen and the process involved. Your work breakdown structure should include phases, steps, activities and milestones. You must also consider constraints such as time limits and pre-requisites. For example, to get a PhD, you may have to complete coursework, pass comprehensive exams, pass a preliminary exam, and defend your dissertation. There may be constraints, such as a two year time limit to complete all coursework or all comprehensive exams must be successfully completed before a preliminary exam can occur. For more details on work breakdown structures, activity graphs and critical paths, re-read Section 3.1.
  2. Any prediction generates an estimate, E, that can be compared eventually to an actual value, A. Name two values that can be calculated from E and A to help determine the accuracy of the estimating process. Define the two values and discuss how the values for each are used to tell us that a prediction is acceptable.

Please submit your work by uploading either a .txt document or a .pdf document containing your answers to these questions. Do NOT submit .doc, .docx, .odt, or other document formats. (Note to Microsoft Word users: If you don't want to create a .pdf document, Word should provide a "Save as Text" command to create a .txt version of your document.)

In-class students: Submit your work for this assignment by 11:55 PM on Sunday, February 17th.

CAETE students: Submit your work for this assignment by 11:55 PM on Sunday, February 24th.

Kenneth M. Anderson, 2008.