Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Computer Science

First Advisor

Dr. Dionysios Kountanis

Second Advisor

Dr. Fred Boals

Third Advisor

Dr. Donna Kaminski

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The objectives of this thesis are to survey software cost estimation methods and to discuss how the methods can be applied as conceptual knowledge in a software cost estimation expert database system. The various applications of expert database systems are discussed. Consequently, a new method to approach the software cost estimation has been proposed.

This proposed method is based upon a dozen years of analyzing software cost models which have been done by some dedicated scientists in universities, research organizations, and industry. A CASE tool called IASCE has been designed to assist the project manager to estimate a proposed project cost. This tool collects accurate data from current software industry so that researchers may explore new software models and metrics. IASCE offers a mechanism for long range improvements of software cost estimation. The IASCE system is discussed and explained.