Software engineering is the application of science
to consistently produce software based systems
that are acceptable against the needed criteria
(reliability, maintainability, security, safety,
efficiency, usability) in a cost effective way.
One of the most pointless principles in the field of computer science. Entails nothing but common sense applied to programming, and generally takes up too much of your time to create stupid diagrams so people less intelligent than yourself can understand how it fits together.
Software engineering was the stupidest class I had to take in college, it reminded me of the kind of work my friends in the School of Business do.