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1 CSC 300, Winter Assignments Week 5 Work on your paper / presentation topic –papers are due 20 February (Tuesday) for both sections! Reading: Baase Chapter 5 (Intel. Property) –quiz sometime this week, open Journals Do weekly journal entry –this is a continuing assignment random review possible

2 CSC 300, Winter th week Study Therac-25 case –get outside references for full story Groups will advocate for particular party –on moral, ethical and/or legal grounds –produce a slide or two for 5 minute presentation explicitly reference the SE Code of Ethics and moral or legal principles you want to use each group member should participate –group presentation next week

3 CSC 300, Winter Reliability and Safety As usual, define the main terms –“reliability” –“safety” a property of “software” itself? –what is a “system”? a “systems engineer”? –what is our relationship to it as software engineers? »what is “safety-critical” software? »what is “mission-critical” software? »examples?

4 CSC 300, Winter Software Engineering Code What is expected of a software “professional” (an ethical one :-) –list our duties under the code

5 CSC 300, Winter What about Reality? Software engineering strives for high quality and safety - –Requirements issues preciseness: formal specifications –what profit from the abstraction? generality: usability by domain specialists –where is the right balance?

6 CSC 300, Winter Formal Verification Use mathematics to “solve” the problem –start from formal specification –prove the specification is complete consistent correct –prove the implementation meets the specification

7 CSC 300, Winter Limitations of the Formal Approach Software verification depends on other software –multiple layer trust issues Peer review is not possible –why not? Implementation issues may not be addressed What about the formal specification itself?

8 CSC 300, Winter Testing Saves the Day? Software Testing limitations –what is possible? –what is not? But what is expected from the Software Engineering Ethics Code?

9 CSC 300, Winter “Standards” for Software Reliability and Safety? Can we agree on a “negligence” standard? –based on software “design” judgment where we have some idea what to do –process issues Are there other safety problems to be addressed? –what about “mistakes” good design can’t prevent such things –pure product issues

10 CSC 300, Winter How Does the Law Classify Product Defects? Negligence standard for design defects –not criminal law - its only about money –“reasonability” “due care” “fault based” when would society want to place the burden on the victim for accidents? –when the social value of the design is very high when would society rather place the burden on the developer for accidents? –when the social value of the design is low

11 CSC 300, Winter Legal Responsibility Strict liability standard –“no fault” “cause based” “due care irrelevant” when would society want to impose responsibility regardless of fault? –what accident costs should never be borne by a victim »does society (state of the art) ever benefit from a “mistake”? »developers must internalize these costs as a “cost of doing business”

12 CSC 300, Winter Does this Defect Classification Apply to Software? What is a “design” defect for software? What is a “construction” mistake for the software product? Can we tell the difference between them? –Really big cost consequences!

13 CSC 300, Winter Ethics of the Issues What are the ethics of personal injury cases? –list SE code provisions what do they say?


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